Emails are stuck in Outbox on Mac? We got fixes for that

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  • Having your emails get stuck in outbox can be very annoying, especially if you need to send emails urgently.
  • To try and resolve this issue, force stop the application and restart it, and then change the DNS settings.
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Many users use the Mail app on macOS, but many complain that emails get stuck in Outbox on their MacBook. This can be a problem since you won’t be able to send emails at all, but there might be a way to fix the problem.

What to do if emails are stuck in Outbox on MacBook?

1. Force stop the application and restart it

According to users, this might be just a temporary glitch, and one way to fix it is to forcefully stop Mail app and restart it. To do that, follow these steps:

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  1. Press Option + Command + Esc.
  2. Select Mail from the Force Quit window and click the Force Quit button.
    force quit macbook emails stuck in outbox
  3. After doing that, open the Mail app again and check if the problem is still there.

2. Check your outgoing server settings

According to users, they encountered this issue because their password was changed in the outgoing server settings. To change your server settings, do the following:

  1. Go to Mail > Preferences > Accounts.
  2. Select the desired account.
  3. Choose Server settings, and click on the Outgoing Account menu and choose Edit SMTP Server List.
  4. Make sure that your information is correct.

Few users reported that this issue was fixed after correcting their password, so be sure to double-check that. In some instances, all that is required is for you to enter your username and password again to fix the problem.


3. Change the DNS settings

Few users reported that changing the DNS settings fixed the issue with emails stuck in Outbox. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Apple menu > System Preferences > Network.
  2. Select your network connection and click Advanced.
  3. Now click on DNS and click the plus button on the bottom of the DNS Servers list.
  4. For Google’s DNS, use the 8.8.8.8 address.
    DNS macbook emails stuck in outbox

After saving the changes, check if the problem is still there.

There you go, a couple of simple solutions that can help you fix the problem with stuck emails in your Outbox on MacBook. If you found our solutions helpful, feel free to leave us a comment below.

FAQ: Learn more about Emails on MacBook

  • How do you add an email to Mac?

To add an email account to the Mac Mail app, you will need to open the application, click Preferences in Mail menu, click the accounts option, and then press the + sign.

  • How do I fix Mail on my Mac?

The first step into trying to fix your Mail app on Mac is to restart the device, try force-quitting the app by right-clicking it in the dock or terminate the app from the Activity Monitor window.

  • How do I add multiple email accounts to my MacBook?

To add multiple email accounts to your MacBook, you need to open System Preferences, then access Internet Accounts, and pressing the + sign found at the bottom of the page.

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