Opera Mail - installation, configuration and use

Opera Mail is a functional free email client that needs a minor upgrade. This is a well-designed free client with a particularly good tag system, but already now the flaws in its age are apparent. Users complain about the lack of a simple import from more modern clients, as well as one-click configuration, which is present in other popular applications.

Setting up the mail client Opera Mail.


  • Mailbox lists and directories are well organized.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of connected e-mail accounts.
  • Customizable labeling system.


  • Setup requires manual entry of server information.
  • Does not support imports from most modern mail clients.

The email client is initially connected to Opera’s web browser, but is currently being developed as a standalone project. This is a great tool for organizing multiple e-mail accounts, avoiding the need to open multiple browser tabs. It also stores a backup copy of messages offline, so you don’t need to worry about accidentally deleting a letter. If you already use an email client, there is a wizard that will allow you to import your messages and contacts. The tool works well in principle and supports Mozilla Thunderbird, but unfortunately most of the other clients listed are outdated, including Netscape and Eudora.

Interface and functionality

When you first launch Opera Mail, you will be offered three options: e-mail, newsgroups and import messages. Setting up an account in this email client is not as easy as in eM Client or MailBird Free, but still pretty easy. Enter your name and email address, then login and password. The names of the incoming and outgoing servers will be filled in automatically (usually one by one), and you can choose whether to leave messages on the server if you delete them. It is also possible to use a secure connection - something that most clients lack.

After setting up your account, additional options are available, including a very useful low bandwidth mode that does not download attachments - ideally, if you use your smartphone as a Wi-Fi access point and do not want your personal data to become available to attackers. Incoming messages are merged into a central mailbox, and individual account folders are listed below. The default three-pane location in Opera Mail is very convenient (accounts and folders are on the left, received messages are in the middle, open messages are on the right), and the labeling system is much more useful than the Gmail system, in which letters are simply marked with an asterisk for attention.

Setting up an email client

Before setting up mail in Opera Mail, make sure that you first set up an e-mail account on a web host and know your e-mail and password. Now let's learn how to set up a new account in Opera, so that you can send / receive messages to / from a new e-mail account.

  1. Start by clicking the Tools link.
  2. Then tap Mail and chat accounts.
  3. Click “Yes” to create a new e-mail account.

  4. Select Plain Email (POP).
  5. Enter your name to be displayed in the "From" line.
  6. Enter a new email address.
  7. Enter the name of your organization.
  8. Then click Next.

  9. Now enter the login name provided by your hosting provider. This can be the entire e-mail address ([email protected]) or simply the prefix of the user name (name).
  10. Then enter your email password.
  11. Click Next.
  12. Now you need to enter the names of the incoming (POP3) and outgoing (SMTP) server messages. they will be provided to you in your welcome e-mail, and often it is just mail.yourdomain.com. Usually these fields are filled in automatically, so you do not need to change them.
  13. Uncheck the corresponding box if you do not want your messages to remain on the hosting server after they are downloaded.

Depending on your ISP, you will not be able to use the SMTP server settings provided by it. You may need to use the SMTP server settings provided by your ISP. If you cannot send an e-mail from your new account after setting it up, try changing the SMTP setting to the setting provided by your ISP and try again.

  1. Click “Finish” to exit the Account Wizard.

Done! Now you have successfully set up your account and you can start sending and receiving emails to and from this account through Opera Mail.

How to troubleshoot email accounts

The following describes several ways to troubleshoot connections to accounts in Opera Mail. Mail related issues usually fall into one of the following categories:

  • You cannot access your account to view incoming messages.
  • You can access your account and view incoming messages, but you cannot send outgoing messages.

Account Access Issues

There are many reasons why you will not be able to access your Opera Mail account. To eliminate possible causes, follow these guidelines:

  1. Make sure your internet connection is working. For example, try launching a browser and navigating to a website.
  2. Make sure your domain name is using A2 hosting name servers.
  3. If you have recently transferred your domain name to A2 hosting, DNS distribution may continue. While DNS distribution is not completed, e-mail will not work correctly.
  4. Make sure that your account’s POP or IMAP server is set to mail.example.com, where example.com represents your domain name.
  5. Make sure you use the full e-mail address (for example, ) as the username for POP or IMAP authentication.
  6. Make sure your email client is configured correctly and in accordance with the instructions described above. Skip this step if you have successfully used Opera Mail before and have not changed any settings.
  7. Determine whether your computer is protected by a firewall. For example, this is necessary when you are trying to access your account from your workplace. If your computer is protected by a firewall, ask the network administrator to check if the required port is allowed through the firewall. If the port is not allowed, you will not be able to connect to the mail server.
  8. Contact your ISP and make sure that it does not block the required POP or IMAP port. If the port is blocked, you will not be able to connect to the mail server.

Opera Mail is a simple and functional email client from world-famous developers. The application has a simple and clear interface and the functionality that is expected from each email client. If you already have experience using the program, share with our readers in the comments under this article.