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Are You Able to Send Emails but Not Receive?

If you can send email but cannot receive email, there are several likely causes to investigate. These include email and disk quota issues, your DNS settings and your email client settings. 

If your incoming email used to work and suddenly stopped working, the issue is probably one of the following:

  1. ⤵ - This step applies only to cPanel settings under WHM in Reseller, VPS or Linux Dedicated Server environments.)

If your email has never worked on our servers, then the cause might be one of these issues:


Use the instructions below if your incoming email used to work but suddenly stopped working.

Email Account Over Quota

Each email account is created with a set quota, which is the amount of disk space allotted to a particular email address for email storage. This quota was set when you created or modified the email account in cPanel and can be set to be unlimited or to a fixed size.

The most common reason incoming email might not be received is the email account exceeding its quota. To resolve this, you will need to increase the amount of disk space for that email account to receive mail again. Alternatively, you can delete emails until it is below the email quota.

Step 1: Check Quota

To test your email account's quota:

  • Send an email to the email account in question. If the mailbox is full, you will receive a bounceback message stating that the disk space has been exceeded.
  • Check the email quota for the account directly by clicking on the Email Accounts icon in cPanel. Check to make sure the Usage is not higher than the Quota for the account in question.

Step 2: Change your Quota

To change an email account's quota:

  1. Log into cPanel.
  2. Navigate to the Email section.
  3. Select the Email Accounts icon.

    HostGator cPanel Email Section

  4. Scroll down to the email address for which you need to update the quota resources.
  5. Next to the selected email address, click Quota.

    Email quota button

  6. Either type in the new quota amount or select the Unlimited option.

    change email quota

  7. Click the Quota button to save.
If you still have problems receiving emails after adjusting the mailbox quota, please contact us via phone or Live Chat.

cPanel Account Over Quota

Another possible cause of not receiving emails is that the entire cPanel is over its allotted disk quota. If this is the case, you will need to increase your disk quota to receive mail again.

Note: This step applies only to cPanel settings under WHM in Reseller, VPS or Linux Dedicated Server environments. HostGator Shared packages have no quota and unlimited disk space.

Check Disk Space

To check for accounts over quota:

  1. Navigate to the search pane on the left-hand side and search for Show Accounts Over Quota.

    WHM over quota accounts

    You can also check the available disk space in a specific cPanel by looking for Disk Space Usage in the left-side panel.

  2. If disk space is maxed out or exceeded, you will need to raise the disk space quota on the cPanel's package by changing the package in WHM or by creating a new package and assigning it to the cPanel.

Increase Disk Space Quota

To increase your client's disk space:

  1. Log in to WHM.
  2. Navigate to the search pane on the left-hand side and search for Quota Modification.

    WHM quota modification

  3. Select the username or cPanel primary domain for the user whose quota you wish to modify.
  4. Click Modify.
  5. Adjust Disk Space Quota as desired.
  6. Click Save.

Another option for adjusting account quotas in WHM is to:

  1. Navigate to the Account Information section on the left-side menu.
  2. Select Show Accounts Over Quota.

    whm over quota accounts

  3. The account quota can be adjusted directly. Next to the quota field, you can also view the disk space used.

    modify quota

  4. Once the quota is adjusted, click Save.

If you want multiple customers to have the increase, you may also make changes to the package.

To accomplish this change:

  1. Go to WHM.
  2. In the left-side menu, under Packages, click Edit A Package.
  3. Select the package to be edited.
  4. Click the Edit button.
  5. Make the desired changes.
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Changes.

For information on upgrading, downgrading and adding new packages, please read:


Follow the instructions below if your email never worked on our servers.
DNS Configurations

Incorrect DNS records can affect how your mail functions. For information on DNS settings, see:

Mail Server Settings

Please ensure that your mail routings are set correctly.

  1. If you are using the local server-based DNS, then you will need to have your mail server set as Local.
  2. If you are outsourcing your mail through remote MX records or have mail directed to another server through A records, then you will need to make sure that you have the server setting to Remote.

More information on mail settings can be found here:


Email Client Settings
Customers using MicroSoft-related email services (Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, MSN.com and Live.com) may note a problem with receiving emails from hostgator.com addresses via these services, while still receiving messages from elsewhere. This can be resolved by following the steps found in this article:

If you are using a third-party mail client, make sure that the incoming mail server settings and ports are correct. Check your email settings in this article: