Install PreVeil on Mac

This topic covers instructions for installing a PreVeil account for the first time. If you already have a PreVeil account on another computer, tablet, or phone, read about copying an existing PreVeil account to a new device.


PreVeil is currently available for Mac 10.12 (Sierra) and above. PreVeil has a web client for email, and it also integrates into Apple’s Mail client.


NOTE: PreVeil’s browser requirements are Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.



Install on Mac


On the Mac where you want to install a PreVeil account:


Go to and click the “TRY PREVEIL” button in the upper right corner.



Download the Install File


On the next screen, click the “Download for Mac” button.




Another screen displays to let you know that the PreVeil installer is downloading.





Once the download is complete, find the file under your Downloads folder in Finder, and double-click it to start the installation.




When the Mac pop-up box appears, double-click the PreVeil.pkg file.




When the PreVeil install window appears, click the “Continue” button.




When you are presented with the PreVeil License window, click “Continue,” and when the Agreement window pops up, click “Agree.”


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On the next screen, click “Install.”




You might be asked to enter your password to continue the installation. If so, enter the password you use to get into the computer, and then click the “Install Software” button.




While PreVeil is being installed, the following window displays.  You do not need to take action in this window:




When the installation is complete, you are presented with this window.  Click “Close.”




Open a new browser window or tab and type in, which will bring you to following page. Click the “Create Account” button to begin account creation.




Enter your first and last name and the email address* you want to use as your primary PreVeil ID.  Ensure that you have selected the PreVeil Terms of Service check box, and then click “Create Account.”





*An email is sent to this address to verify your identity.


You do not have to enter a password to create a PreVeil account. Your private key is your password. This makes for a much more secure account because:

  • No one can steal your key–it’s never stored on a server
  • The key is random and lengthy–it cannot be guessed
  • Keys are unique and not recycled–it’s yours and yours alone



Follow the on-screen instructions to verify your email address.




Open your email inbox and locate the email from PreVeil.


NOTE: You must open and verify your email address on the same computer on which you are installing the PreVeil account.


In the email from PreVeil, click the “I’m on a computer” button.





You are taken to your new PreVeil Inbox and provided with the opportunity to install PreVeil into Apple Mail.





NOTE: It is not necessary to install PreVeil into Apple Mail in order to send and receive encrypted emails. You can also do all of that in PreVeil’s Web Mail from your browser.


If you decide not to install PreVeil in Apple Mail right now, you can come back later to and go to the Settings menu and click “Add to Mail Client.”  If you do  install PreVeil into Apple Mail, you will receive a Welcome email from PreVeil in your new PreVeil email account within Apple Mail.




To learn more about how to use your PreVeil email account in Apple Mail, read Use PreVeil on Apple Mail.


If you choose not to install PreVeil into Apple Mail now, you will still receive a Welcome email from PreVeil that you can access from your browser.  Go to to access your PreVeil web mail.




To learn more about using your PreVeil email account on the Web, see Use PreVeil on your browser.


CAUTION:  It’s important that once your PreVeil account is activated on your device, you configure your recovery settings. If you don’t have recovery settings configured, and you only have your account on one device and you delete PreVeil, you will permanently lose access to all the data on your account.


Review other Getting Started topics here.

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