The Windows 10 mail app has improved a lot over the Windows 8.1 version, but one annoyance is it doesn’t check for new mail as frequently as some of you may like. For example, I get email notifications on my phone before the Mail app. In fact, a long time would pass before getting the message in the Mail app on the PC. Here’s how to make it sync with your accounts more often.
Windows 10 Mail Syncing
You can change the sync settings for individual accounts. This is kind of nice depending on how you use your accounts. You might want to get notifications from certain accounts more rapidly than others.
To do it, open the Mail app, click on Settings (gear icon) which is located in the lower-left corner of the app.
Then select Accounts from the Settings menu.
Now select the account you want to change the sync settings for.
Select Change mailbox sync settings.
Click the dropdown list for Sync Options, and select how often you want the Mail app to check for new messages. By default, it’s set to based on my usage, but if this is a busy and important account, you might want to select as items arrive.
Keep in mind that means the app will always be checking and could result in more battery consumption on a laptop. Just choose the option that will work best for you.
Once you get the mail app set up and tweaked how you like it, you just might want to make it your default email app. Trust me, it’s far superior to the debacle that was the mail app in Windows 8.1.
You can add virtually any email account to the Mail app that you want. Certainly the big players like Yahoo, Gmail, and Outlook.com. For more on that, read our article: Add Gmail and Other Email to Windows 10 Mail & Calendar.