How To: Outlook.com IMAP, POP3 and SMTP Settings

Outlook is the Core of Microsoft’s Free Email Offerings

So there you are, all setup with your shiny new Outlook.com email account, but your older devices don’t support Exchange Activesync. This is a problem! Luckily, it’s an easy to solve problem if you know the right settings to use. That’s where I can help, and after seeing how difficult it is to actually find the IMAP, POP3 and SMTP settings, I hope this post will make things a little easier. Outlook.com is a terrific service, and a little thing like supported protocols shouldn’t stop you from using it. Head on past the jump for the full breakdown on setting up Outlook.com with your legacy device.


Don’t forget: Your username, no matter what program you’re using, is always going to be your full email address. So if you’re email is [email protected], that’s also your user account name. “Bob” alone will not work. Also, you’ll need to apply your username and password to both your Incoming AND Outgoing settings.

Outlook.com Protocol Settings
Protocol Server Address Port # Security Type Explanation
IMAP  imap-mail.outlook.com  993  SSL For RECEIVING. Use IMAP if you want your emails to stay on the server so they’re accessible on your other devices. Outlook versions prior to 2010, or Mozilla Thunderbird (among others) will work with this easily.
 POP3  pop-mail.outlook.com  995  SSL/TLS FOR RECEIVING. Use this if you just want to download your email off the server to a single device, such as your PC. Outlook versions prior to 2010, or Mozilla Thunderbird (among others) will work with this easily.
 SMTP  smtp-mail.outlook.com  587  TLS  For SENDING. This is required for sending email whether you use POP3 or IMAP. Works with any email program you can find.

Final Note: Remember, these will work not just with your Outlook.com email address, but also with your accounts hosted with the free Windows Live Domains service as well.  Once you’ve set these up, you’re good to go!  Enjoy using your new accounts!

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