Why does it say my email was "rejected by the server because it does not allow relaying" when I try to send it?

I'm able to download/get my email just fine but when I try to send an email, I get the message that my email was "rejected by the server because it does not allow relaying." What gives?

If you try to send an email from your iPhone and get an error message that says "A copy has been placed in your outbox. The recipient was rejected by the server because it does not allow relaying," chances are you need to check your outgoing mail server settings. Here's how:

1. Go to Settings -> Mail, Contacts, Calendar and tap on your email account.

2. Tap on "Account," then go down to the "Outgoing Mail Server" section and tap on "SMTP."

3. Tap on your Primary Server.

4. Even though it says "Optional," fill out both user name and password under Outgoing Mail Server.

5. Tap "Done" in the top right to save your changes.

How to set up outgoing mail server in iOS 8


Brilliant! Big thanks

Thank you for the tip!

Thanks. Problem solved.

Best! :-)

I tried to change the setting for my Yahoo account but the whole Outgoing mail server part is grayed out. I can't make any modifications at all in that section. Anyone else has this problem?

I have the same problem.

I have the same problem too... Anyone figure it out?

I am also facing the same problem please help me out.
I cant send mails and in my settings everything is greyed out.

Mine is the same way, help????

Excellent! The message I received did not reference "relaying" but simply said the email address "was rejected by the server" (very helpful as usual with error messages, no hint what to do next!) But this fixed it so thanks a lot it would have taken me ages to work this out.


This worked. Thank you!

Thanks. It worked.

Perfect adivice...Thanks so much!!!

This hint saved my day! Many thanks

It worked! Thanks

Worked perfectly. Thank you!!

thanks. Great help!

Brilliant!! Was struggling with outgoing mails of Rediffmail. This worked. Many thanks.

Same problem, but when I try to add my user name and password for the outgoing mail server, it won't let me. Tapping on "Optional" or "User Name" or "Password" produces no response.


Worked perfectly. Thanks.

At one point in time my iPhone 6 plus was sending emails, but for some reason it stopped. I followed all the steps above except for when I got to number four. My phone wouldn't except the optional password because it said the server doesn't use password authentication. So I left it blank, selected "SSL", and done. Immediately, my phone started sending emails again.

So simple, works! Thank you!

Followed above steps and My issue got resolved . Thank you

Thanks so much for this fix.

Amazing. That's been driving me nuts. Such a simple solution. Thank you VERY much!!!

This worked great!!!!! Thanks so much for sharing.

Thank you!!! This is the only thing that worked!!! Finally!!

Thank you!! I went to the Apple Store and they could not figure it out, to think it was as simple as this.

Totally fixed. You get a gold star!