Add your Outlook.com account in Outlook for Windows

It's so much easier to access your email from different accounts in one place. And you can when you add your Microsoft account in Outlook. Learn how to add any Microsoft email account that ends in @outlook.com, @live.com, @hotmail.com, or @msn.com to Outlook.

Follow the processes described to set up an Outlook.com account in Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2016.

Automatically add your Microsoft account to Outlook

  1. Open Outlook, and go to the File tab in the upper-left corner of the window.

    Outlook 2016 File tab

  2. Under Account Information, choose Add Account.

    Outlook 2016 Add Account

  3. Choose E-mail Account, and then enter your name.

    The Add Account dialog box

  4. Enter the address and password of the email account that you want to add.

  5. Retype your password, and choose Next.

    Note: Outlook automatically starts configuring the account, first establishing a network connection, then searching for the settings for your account, and finally logging on to the mail server.

  6. When you see Congratulations! in the window, choose Finish, and then restart Outlook.

    Note: Outlook adds your account and automatically starts syncing your data.

When you reopen your Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 account, you'll find the Outlook account you added listed in the left pane below the Inbox for your primary account.

Manually add your Microsoft account to Outlook

  1. Open Outlook, and go to the File tab in the upper-left corner of the window.

    Outlook 2016 File tab

  2. Under Account Information, choose Add Account.

    Outlook 2016 Add Account

  3. Choose Manual setup or additional server types > Next.

    Outlook Add Account Manual setup or additional server types option

  4. In the Choose Service window, choose Outlook.com or Exchange ActiveSync compatible service > Next.

    Outlook Add Account Choose Service, Outlook.com or Exchange ActiveSync compatible service option
  5. In the Server Settings window, complete the following:

    • User Information

      • In the Your Name box, enter your name.

      • In the E-mail Address box, enter your email address.

    • Server Information

      • In the Mail server box, type the name of your server.

        Tips: Need help finding the name of your mail server? If you have an Outlook.com account, for example, sign in, and then on the command bar, choose Settings Settings icon > Options.

        Under Mail, choose Accounts > POP and IMAP, and take note of the server name, for example, mail.outlook.com or microsoft.mail.outlook.com.

    • Logon Information

      • In the User Name box, type the name you use to sign in to your account.

      • In the Password box, enter the password you use to sign in to your account. And clear the Remember password check box if you want your password to be anonymous.

    • Offline Settings

      • Mail to keep offline is set to All automatically. Move the slider to the left to change the setting to 12 months, 6 months, 3 months, or 1 month.

        Note: To learn more about offline settings, see Change how much mail to keep offline.

  6. Choose Next and a test of the account settings begins. When it's done, choose Close.

    Outlook Add Account, Server Settings, Test Account Settings confirmation

  7. Choose Finish and restart Outlook.

Your Outlook account Inbox is synced automatically with your Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 account. You'll find the Outlook account you added listed in the left pane below the Inbox for your primary account.

Protect your account with two-step verification

Your security is just as important to Microsoft as it is to you, which is why Microsoft offers two-step verification for new and existing email accounts. When you created your Microsoft account, you were given the opportunity to add another layer of security to your account by choosing to use a phone number or an alternate email address for verification.

Remove an email account you added to your Microsoft account

Should you decide that you no longer want your Outlook.com connected with your Outlook 2013 or Outlook 2016 account, use the guidance given next to terminate the connection.

  1. Open Outlook, and go to the File tab in the upper-left corner of the window.

  2. Under Account Information, choose Account Settings > Account Settings.

    Outlook Account Settings, Email Accounts

  3. On the E-mail tab, select the email account you want to remove, and then choose Remove on the mini toolbar.

    Outlook Account Settings, Email Accounts
  4. Choose Yes when cautioned that all offline content will be deleted, and then choose Close.

    Tip: If you want to back up your offline content before removing the account, follow the link in the dialog box to learn how.

More information

Set up your Outlook.com account in Outlook 2010

Set up your Outlook.com account in Outlook 2007

Add an email account to Outlook 2016 for Mac

Add your Outlook.com account in Outlook for Mac 2011

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