Troubleshooting account access problems

Lost username or password

To retrieve your username or password, you can use the lost password screen. You specify the backup email address you have for the account, and we'll send the username and a password reset link to that address.

If you don't remember your backup email address, or you didn't give us one, please contact our support team. You'll need to include evidence that you are the owner of the account. As many details as possible from the following list will help with this:

Locked account

If we've had to lock your account, you will see a message letting you know when you try to log in. We have to do this if someone manages to steal your username and password (usually through phishing or key-logging malware) and starts using your account to send spam.

If your account has been locked, please contact our support team to unlock it. You will need to verify that you are the real account owner, and confirm that you have checked your devices for malware (there's no use unlocking your account if it's only going to be immediately stolen again)!

Expired account

If your subscription expires, we won't immediately delete your account, but we will soon disable sending, and if it remains unpaid we will suspend access to the account entirely. Please contact contact our support team to reactivate your account and pay for a new subscription. Please note, we do eventually delete the entire account if the subscription is not renewed.

Account Problems

If you get a message saying FastMail — An error has occurred when you try to log in, this indicates an internal FastMail error. This is most likely because there is a problem with your underlying mail account. Please use the verify account screen to perform a series of tests on your account, including some common "sanity" checks, as well as fixing any folder access problems.

Please be patient, it may take several minutes to get a response. After the tests are complete, try logging in again. If you still have problems, please contact our support team.

Connectivity problems

If you get a message saying "The page cannot be displayed" when you try to login, you may be having network connectivity problems.

FastMail has a self monitoring system on every server that tests every service every 2 minutes. We check every externally accessible port (e.g. SMTP, IMAP, POP, HTTP, etc.) to see that it's accepting connections and responds to expected commands. If any tests fail, the system will page a developer to look into the problem immediately.

Our status blog status.fastmail.fm is hosted externally. We post all server status updates here as soon as possible. This should be your first port of call if you think FastMail is down.

Our public pingdom page shows if there are any general connectivity issues from various sites around the world. Pingdom is an independent service that monitors the uptime of other online services from dozens of locations around the world and publishes the results.

If there's nothing posted on the status blog and pingdom shows that we're up, then the problem is almost certainly with the internet connection between you and FastMail, which is beyond our control. Your ISP may be having temporary routing or proxy server problems.

Diagnosing a connectivity issue

To diagnose a routing problem, Windows users can use FastMail's diagnostic tool FastTest. Download FastTest from our website, then double-click it and follow the instructions. Paste the output along with your description of the problem when you contact our support team and we can help you find the cause of the issue.

If you don't use Windows, or can't use FastTest for any other reason, you can try the manual approach:

At the point where congestion occurs, you will see one or more *s. It is out of our control unless this point is the very last hop, to FastMail. If the traceroute does not show all *s in the last line, the following commands may also yield useful information:

If you are contacting our support team about a problem with connectivity, it would be helpful if you could include the full results of all of these commands. To copy the output under Windows, drag your mouse over the output while holding down the button, and then press the Enter key to copy it. In an email, press Ctrl-V to paste it. It would also be useful if you could let us know whether you are behind a firewall, whether you are at work, whether you are using a modem or cable modem or ADSL, and any other information about your set up.