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Add your other email accounts to Outlook.com

Connecting another email account to Outlook.com

When you add your Gmail or other email accounts to Outlook.com, you can use Outlook.com to send and read email messages from those accounts without switching between email apps. Each email account you add to Outlook.com is called a connected account.

Note: If you want to use another email address with your existing Outlook.com account, you can create an email alias. This additional email address uses the same inbox, sent items, contact list, and account settings as your primary email address. You can choose which email address to send mail from. Read how to Add or remove an email alias in Outlook.com.

Connected account syncing

Syncing from your connected account to your Outlook.com account is one-way only.

Email received in your connected account will appear in both your connected account Inbox and your Outlook.com Inbox.

Email sent using your Outlook.com account will only appear in your Outlook.com Sent Items. Connected account email sent using Outlook.com will not appear in your connected account Sent Items. For example, email sent using Outlook.com from your Gmail account will not appear in your Gmail Sent Items.

Notes: 

  • If you delete, move, or read an email from a connected account in Outlook.com, you won't see those changes when you go to your connected account. For example, email to your Gmail account deleted using Outlook.com will not be deleted in your Gmail Inbox.

  • If you need to keep a copy of messages sent from your connected account in Outlook.com, always Cc yourself and use a rule on your connected account to move it to another folder.

Which version of Outlook.com are you using?

The instructions for adding email accounts are slightly different depending on whether you're using the Outlook.com beta or the classic version. Choose which version you're using to see the instructions that apply to you.

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IF YOUR MAILBOX LOOKS LIKE...

A screenshot of the top left corner of the Outlook.com beta mailbox

See Instructions for the Outlook.com beta.

A screenshot of the top left corner of the classic Outlook.com mailbox

See Instructions for classic Outlook.com.

Instructions for the Outlook.com beta

Connect a Gmail account to Outlook.com

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Settings Settings > View full settings > Sync email.

  2. Under Connected accounts, select Gmail.

  3. On the Connect your Google account page, enter a display name for your Gmail account. This is the name recipients will see when they receive an email message from you. Select OK.

  4. Select the Gmail account you intend to use. You might need to provide a user name and password for your Gmail account.

    Note: If you've turned on two-step verification for your connected account, you'll need to create an app password for that account. Go to the Gmail account security page to create the app password, and then return to Outlook.com to enter that password on the Connect your Google account page. Learn more about Google two-step verification here.

  5. Select Allow.

Connect other email accounts to Outlook.com

Follow these steps to connect a Yahoo Mail, AOL, or other email account to Outlook.com.

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Settings Settings > View full settings > Sync email.

  2. Under Connected accounts, select Other email accounts.

  3. On the Connect your account page, enter a display name (the name recipients will see when they receive an email message from you) and the full email address and password of the email account you want to connect to your Outlook.com account.

    Notes: 

    • If you've turned on two-step verification for your connected account, you'll need to create an app password for that account. Go to your provider's account security page to create the app password, and then return to Outlook.com to enter that password on the Connect your account page.

    • Two-step verification makes it difficult for someone else to sign in to your email account. It uses two different forms of identity: your password and a contact method, such as a PIN or security code. Your email provider should have information on their web site about setting up two-step verification.

  4. Select OK.

Send email from a connected account

You can send email from any account you've connected to your Outlook.com account.

  • Select From and choose which email address you want to use.

    A screenshot showing the From address drop-down menu

You can also change your default From address:

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Settings Settings > View full settings > Sync email.

  2. Under Set default From address, choose the address you want to use and select Save.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

Connect a Gmail account to Outlook.com

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Settings Settings > Options > Connected accounts.

  2. Under Add a connected account, select Gmail.

  3. On the Connect your Google account page, enter a display name for your Gmail account. This is the name recipients will see when they receive an email message from you. Select OK.

  4. Select the Gmail account you intend to use. You might need to provide a user name and password for your Gmail account.

    Note: If you've turned on two-step verification for your connected account, you'll need to create an app password for that account. Go to the Gmail account security page to create the app password, and then return to Outlook.com to enter that password on the Connect your Google account page. Learn more about Google two-step verification here.

  5. Select Allow.

  6. In Outlook.com, select OK.

Connect other email accounts to Outlook.com

Follow these steps to connect a Yahoo Mail, AOL, or other email account to Outlook.com.

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Settings Settings > Options > Connected accounts.

  2. Under Add a connected account, select Other email accounts.

  3. On the Connect your email account page, enter a display name (the name recipients will see when they receive an email message from you) and the full email address and password of the email account you want to connect to your Outlook.com account.

    Notes: 

    • If you've turned on two-step verification for your connected account, you'll need to create an app password for that account. Go to your provider's account security page to create the app password, and then return to Outlook.com to enter that password on the Connect your email account page.

    • Two-step verification makes it difficult for someone else to sign in to your email account. It uses two different forms of identity: your password and a contact method, such as a PIN or security code. Your email provider should have information on their web site about setting up two-step verification.

  4. Select OK.

Send email from a connected account

You can send email from any account you've connected to your Outlook.com account.

  1. In the compose window, select More actions > Show From to see the From line.

  2. Select From and choose which email address you want to use.

    A screenshot showing the From address drop-down menu.

You can also change your default From address:

  1. In Outlook.com, go to Settings Settings > Options > Connected accounts.

  2. Under From address, select Change your From address.

  3. Choose an address from the drop-down list and select Save.

Frequently asked questions about connected accounts on Outlook.com

Yes, this is called an email alias. See Add or remove an email alias in Outlook.com for instructions.

You can connect a maximum of 20 accounts to your Outlook.com account. If you’ve connected more than 20 accounts, you won’t be able to send or receive messages from any of them. Removing some connected accounts so that the total is 20 or less will resolve the issue.

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See also

Remove a connected account from Outlook.com

Troubleshoot connected accounts in Outlook.com

Fixes or workarounds for recent issues on Outlook.com

Add or remove an email alias in Outlook.com

Add your Outlook.com account to another mail app

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