Fastmail guide for personal users
- Getting started
- Logging in via the web
- Layout at a glance
- Reading mail
- Sending mail
- Manage your account
- Change your password
- Change your plan
- Pay your subscription
- Using a mail client
- Using the calendar
- Stopping spam
- Power features
- Filtering rules
- External accounts
- Extra email addresses
Welcome to Fastmail!
If you're reading this, it's because you'd like to know more about us, or you've signed up and you're interested in a tour.
Logging in via the web
Open your favorite web browser (we support most popular browsers, including Edge, Google Chrome, Safari). Go to Fastmail's home page at https://www.fastmail.com. You'll need to know your username (this is your email address) and password.
If you're on a computer that nobody else uses, you can also choose keep me logged in which means your browser will remember your password for 30 days. You can force your computer to forget your password by using the log out button in the web interface.
Security warning: Using the keep me logged in feature means no password protection on the computer you enable this on. Your email will be available to anyone who has access to your computer, making it vulnerable to malicious misuse.
Check the troubleshooting guide if you're having problems logging in.
Layout at a glance
When you first log in, you can see a menu bar along the top, the folder list down the left, and the list of messages in your inbox in the content pane.
The menu bar has a dropdown menu from where you can access your calendars, contacts, files, notes, and settings. The menu bar also has buttons that let you take actions on selected messages, and a search box.
The folder list shows you all your folders and a count of the unread messages in each folder.
The content pane has a list of all messages with a brief preview. The messages are sorted to show the newest first, and filter buttons to let you control if you're looking at just unread mail, or all mail.
Selecting a message will swap to the message view.
Selecting any folder out of the folder list will show the list of messages in that folder. Selecting a message will show you the contents of that message along with any other mail in that conversation.
More information on receiving mail.
You might want to compose a new email, or reply to an existing mail. You can adjust whom your message is going to by changing the list of email addresses in the
Cc: (carbon copy) field lets you set who else will be sent a copy. The
Bcc: (blind carbon copy) field lets you choose who else will be sent a copy without anyone else seeing these additional recipients.
You can also attach files, and change the formatting of your message.
More information on sending mail.
Storing information in your contact list makes it easy to send them mail: type a few letters of their name when writing a new email and we'll find their email address for you.
By default, any time you email someone, we'll add them to your contact list so they're ready for next time.
You also have the option to include additional information in your contacts, such as a phone number or alternate email addresses. This is useful if you want to sync your contact list with your mobile phone.
More information on your contact list.
You might be after a particular email, but can't remember when it arrived and your inbox is overflowing.
Use the powerful search functionality to locate mail. For simple searches, enter what you're looking for in the search box in the menu. This could be: who the mail is from, or to; or something in the subject line; or something in the body of the message.
If you want a more refined search, you can use the Advanced search... option below the search box to join more than one search term and add filters to find relevant mail.
If you find yourself running the same search more than once, you can save your search and have it appear in the folder list.
If you want to move the messages from a search to a folder that already exists, or take some other action on them - like mark them as read, pin them, or forward them - you can click Create rule to make a rule.
More information on searching.
Managing your account
With two-step verification, you use a second device (a special USB key or a code from an app on your phone) to log in. This means even if your password is compromised (through password reuse on an insecure site, or a malicious attacker getting hold of it), your Fastmail account can't be accessed by anyone else without the second device.
You can change your plan whenever you'd like. Your payment amount will be adjusted to the end of your subscription due date automatically.
You might want to upgrade or downgrade to adjust the set of features you need, or adjust the length of your subscription to take advantage of our multi-year discounts.
Your subscription to Fastmail will automatically renew on the due date, using any credit you have stored on your account, or via your saved payment method.
You can make a one-off payment in advance of your subscription due date if you don't want to save your payment type with us.
More information on managing payments.
Using a mail client
Whether you'd prefer to access your email, contacts and calendars on a desktop client, or if you want them on your phone or a tablet, our email client setup guide has all the details. We provide interactive guides in Settings → Import & Setup for many of the popular email clients such as Apple's Mail.app, Microsoft Mail, and Mozilla Thunderbird.
Users on a Basic plan will not be able to use Fastmail on third-party mail clients, or create app passwords. IMAP, SMTP, CalDAV, and CardDAV are available to Standard and Professional users only. If you have a Basic plan, you can use Fastmail on a desktop web browser or the Fastmail app on any mobile devices, such as a phone or tablet.
For security purposes, third party clients require that you authenticate with a separate app password. Unlike in the Fastmail app, your normal password won't work. If you are on a Basic plan, you cannot create an app password. If you downgrade to a Basic plan from another plan, any existing app passwords will automatically be disabled.
Using the calendar
Fastmail has a powerful calendar interface, allowing for full event management. This includes inviting colleagues or friends to an event, setting reminder notifications, sharing your calendar with others, or syncing your calendar out to another service, or in from another calendar host.
Fastmail has excellent spam protection, and we are always inventing new ways to combat the efforts of phishers and spammers. However, for every protection we put in place, spammers are devoting more time to avoiding safeguards.
Our guide to stopping spam is filled with steps you can take to stop unwanted mail without blocking real mail:
- How to identify a mailing list and unsubscribe.
- Using your contacts to make sure real mail is never stopped.
- Training your personal database to recognise spam targeted at you.
- Using rules to delete mail from particular senders.
Personalize your Fastmail experience
You can customize your language, mail view and calendar timezone in the Settings menu.
Customize your mail view by:
- selecting who you want browser notifications from;
- whether you'd like to use threaded conversation view;
- whether you prefer to compose new mail in plain text or rich formatted text;
- whether new contacts are automatically saved to your contact list.
Customize your calendar by choosing:
- your timezone,
- whether a new event by default should have a reminder,
- whether event invitations and updates should be automatically added to your calendar.
All this and more can be adjusted on the Settings → Preferences screen.
Each incoming email is checked against your rules. If aspects of the message matching the rule condition, then the action in the rule is taken.
Aliases can be used in two ways:
- Add extra email addresses (at our domains or your custom domain) that you can also receive email into your account from.
- Assign more than one person as the target of an email alias. Sending mail to that alias (such as firstname.lastname@example.org) will send a copy of mail to everyone on that alias.
If you have accounts still on other providers, but you'd like to use Fastmail as a central location to read and reply to all your mail (both Fastmail and other), you can fetch mail from your other email account into your Fastmail mailbox. You can also set up sending identities, so you can send mail from your other addresses, too!
Extra email addresses
Even if you don't have your own custom domain, you can still make use of our subdomain and plus addressing to have additional mail addresses for your use. Addresses in this format can be automatically filed into a folder.
Useful for creating an address when signing up to a new website and you want to send all mail from that company to its own folder. Or, if that address is compromised, use the individual address as a target to file as spam or even move to trash.
This guide only touches on the main parts of your Fastmail account. For more information explore our help...