POP, IMAP, and SMTP settings for Outlook.com

If you're trying to add your Outlook.com account to another mail app, you might need the POP, IMAP, or SMTP settings for Outlook.com. You can find them below or by going to POP and IMAP settings in Outlook.com.

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POP, IMAP, and SMTP settings for Outlook.com

If you want to add your Outlook.com account to another email program that supports POP or IMAP, here are the manual server settings you'll need.

Notes: 

  • IMAP server name imap-mail.outlook.com

  • IMAP port 993

  • IMAP encryption method TLS

  • POP server name pop-mail.outlook.com

  • POP port 995

  • POP encryption method TLS

  • SMTP server name smtp-mail.outlook.com

  • SMTP port 587

  • SMTP encryption method STARTTLS

Enable POP access in Outlook.com

If you want to use POP to access your email in Outlook.com, you'll first need to enable POP access.

  1. Select Settings icon  > View full settings > Email > Sync email.

  2. Under POP and IMAP, select Yes under Let devices and apps use POP.

  3. Select Save.

Enable mail provider settings

If you're trying to connect another email account to Outlook.com using POP, you might need to change certain mail provider settings to enable a connection that could be blocked.

Outlook.com IMAP connection errors

You may receive a connection error if you configured your Outlook.com account as IMAP in multiple email clients. We’re working on a fix and will update this article when we have more information. For now, try the following workaround:

  1. Go to account.live.com/activity and sign in using the email address and password of the affected account.

  2. Under Recent activity find the Session Type event that matches the most recent time you received the connection error and click to expand it.

  3. Select This was me to let the system know you authorize the IMAP connection.

  4. Attempt to connect to the account via your IMAP client.

    For more information on how to use the Recent activity page, go to What is the recent activity page?

If you use Outlook.com to access an account that uses a domain other than @live.com, @hotmail.com, or @outlook.com, you might not be able to sync your accounts using IMAP. To resolve this, remove the connected IMAP account in Outlook.com and reconfigure it as a POP connection. For instructions about how to reconfigure your account to use POP, contact your email account provider.

If you're using a GoDaddy account, follow these instructions to reconfigure your GoDaddy account to use POP. If using POP doesn't resolve your issue, or you need to have IMAP enabled (it's disabled by default), contact GoDaddy support.

Instructions for classic Outlook.com

POP, IMAP, and SMTP settings for Outlook.com

If you want to add your Outlook.com account to another email program that supports POP or IMAP, here are the manual server settings you'll need.

Notes: 

  • IMAP server name imap-mail.outlook.com

  • IMAP port 993

  • IMAP encryption method TLS

  • POP server name pop-mail.outlook.com

  • POP port 995

  • POP encryption method TLS

  • SMTP server name smtp-mail.outlook.com

  • SMTP port 587

  • SMTP encryption method STARTTLS

Enable POP access in Outlook.com

If you want to use POP to access your email in Outlook.com, you'll first need to enable POP access.

  1. Select Settings icon  > Options.

    A screenshot of the Settings button.

  2. In the menu on the left, select POP and IMAP.

  3. Under POP options, select Yes under Let devices and apps use POP.

  4. Select Save.

Enable mail provider settings

If you're trying to connect another email account to Outlook.com using POP, you might need to change certain mail provider settings to enable a connection that could be blocked.

Outlook.com IMAP connection errors

You may receive a connection error if you configured your Outlook.com account as IMAP in multiple email clients. We’re working on a fix and will update this article when we have more information. For now, try the following workaround:

  1. Go to account.live.com/activity and sign in using the email address and password of the affected account.

  2. Under Recent activity find the Session Type event that matches the most recent time you received the connection error and click to expand it.

  3. Select This was me to let the system know you authorize the IMAP connection.

  4. Attempt to connect to the account via your IMAP client.

    For more information on how to use the Recent activity page, go to What is the recent activity page?

If you use Outlook.com to access an account that uses a domain other than @live.com, @hotmail.com, or @outlook.com, you might not be able to sync your accounts using IMAP. To resolve this, remove the connected IMAP account in Outlook.com and reconfigure it as a POP connection. For instructions about how to reconfigure your account to use POP, contact your email account provider.

If you're using a GoDaddy account, follow these instructions to reconfigure your GoDaddy account to use POP. If using POP doesn't resolve your issue, or you need to have IMAP enabled (it's disabled by default), contact GoDaddy support.

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See Also

What are IMAP and POP?

POP and IMAP email settings for Outlook

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