Set Up Your Account

Before you use MailChimp to create email marketing campaigns, you’ll need to set up your account. After you've created your account and reviewed some basics, you'll be ready to access the features and integrations that will help you organize your contact lists and create great-looking campaigns.

In this article, you’ll learn how to set up your MailChimp account.

Create an Account

First, make sure your web browser is ready to use MailChimp and sign up for an account. During this process, you’ll need to provide an email address, a physical mailing address, and a website URL.

Create an Account

Minimum System Requirements

Alternative Physical Address Ideas

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Verify your Domain

When you sign up for a MailChimp account, you have to provide a website URL and a From email address. You can use a free email account like Gmail or Hotmail for your From email address, but recent changes to their DMARC authentication policies can affect the delivery of your campaigns.

A domain is what comes after the @ in an email address. To create more professional-looking campaigns and improve your delivery results, we encourage you to use your own domain, such as and, for these fields. If you use your own domain, you’ll need to verify the domain in MailChimp before you send.

Register a Domain

Verify a Domain


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Pick a Pricing Plan

Before you start sending, decide which pricing plan fits your needs. Every MailChimp account starts out on the Forever Free plan.

Upgrade to a paid plan to store more subscribers and access paid account features, like chat support, Automation, and Inbox Preview. You can also purchase powerful tools as account add-ons, like MailChimp Pro and Mandrill.

If you’re not sure what you need right now, you can always upgrade your account later. You can also downgrade to Forever Free once over the lifetime of your account.

How MailChimp Pricing Plans Work

MailChimp Support Options

Upgrade Your Account

MonkeyRewards Credits

Add or Remove MonkeyRewards

About MailChimp Pro

MailChimp vs. Mandrill

Manage Account Security

MailChimp takes security seriously, and we work hard to ensure your data stays safe. You can help us do that by setting up Google Authenticator on your account. Google Authenticator is a mobile app that adds two-factor authentication to your account login. We’ll give you a 10% discount on your Monthly Plan when you set it up.

Other security features, like SMS verification and account notifications, help us contact you if something looks suspicious.

Best Practices for Passwords

Set Account Security Options

Activate Account Notifications

Set Up Google Authenticator

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Add Users to your Account

MailChimp is a great collaboration tool. Invite stakeholders as users to your account, and edit their permission levels to manage how much access each person should have. If you no longer need to administer an account, you can transfer ownership to another user at any time.

Contractors and agencies can manage multiple MailChimp accounts for clients with a single login. Then, you can set up a billing structure that fits the needs of your business.

Manage User Levels in Your Account

Transfer Ownership of an Account

Account Transition Checklist

Agency Programs, Experts Directory, and Whitelabeling

Manage Multiple Clients in MailChimp

Combine Multiple Accounts

Change Account Defaults

Your default account information includes your time zone, currency, company information, and more. This information affects billing, campaign sends, and how certain information appears in your account. You can view and change these settings at any time.

How to Set Account Defaults

Change Your Account Email Address

Change or Update Billing Details

Next Steps

After you set up your account, you’re ready to create or import your list, build campaigns, and connect integrations.

MailChimp Fundamentals

Getting Started with MailChimp

Getting Started with Lists

Getting Started with Campaigns

Getting Started with Integrations

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