It’s always a good idea to update your email password if you suspect that your account has been compromised, or if someone knows your email password and you are worried about them reading your messages. But if you update your password with your email provider, then you need to update it on any devices that periodically download messages from your account.
If you have set up an email account on your iPad and it has stopped downloading new messages, then it is often because you have changed the password for the account, but you have not updated the password on your iPad. Fortunately this is something that you can do directly on the device, and it takes just a few moments to accomplish.
Changing an Email Password on the iPad
Some email providers, such as Gmail and Yahoo, offer security methods like two-step verification and application-specific passwords.
If you are using these options to protect the security of your email password, then you will need to get an application-specific password for your iPad instead of using your regular email password.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Touch the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option in the column at the left side of the screen.
Step 3: Select the email account for which you want to update the password.
Step 4: The screen you see now might vary depending upon the type of email account you have. If it looks similar to the screen below, select the Account option. Otherwise you can simply delete any existing passwords and replace them with the new one.
Step 5: Tap inside of the Password field, delete the previous password, then enter the new password. Touch the Done button once you have finished.
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