Set up an email app with Outlook.com

You can manage your Outlook.com account from many popular mail apps. Here's how:

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Windows Phone, iPhone, or Android Phone

Get info on setting up Outlook.com on your Windows Phone, iPhone, or Android phone.

Microsoft Office

Get info on setting up Outlook.com in the Outlook desktop app here.

Windows 8 Mail App

To set up your Outlook.com account:

  1. On the Start screen, open the Mail app.

  2. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen, then tap Settings. (If you're using a mouse, point to the upper-right corner of the screen, move the mouse pointer down, then click Settings.

  3. Tap or click Accounts, then tap or click Add an Account.

  4. Tap or click Outlook and enter your Outlook.com email address and password.

  5. Tap or click Connect.

Note

  • If the app can't find account settings, you can manually enter Exchange ActiveSync settings (see the section "Apps that support Exchange ActiveSync").

  • If the app doesn’t download email after you add your account, open Settings in the mail app and click your account name. Make sure that under Content to sync, the Email checkbox is checked.

Windows Live Mail 2011 & 2012

To set up your Outlook.com account:

  1. Open Windows Live Mail 2011 or 2012.

  2. On the Accounts tab, click Email.

  3. Enter your email address, password, and display name, then click Next.

  4. (Windows Live Mail 2011 only) From the Server type dropdown, select Windows Live Hotmail, then click Next.

  5. Click Finish.

Note

  • If you're using Outlook.com with an email address domain other than Hotmail.com, Live.com, MSN.com or Outlook.com, turn on Manually configure server settings in step 3.

Windows Live Mail 2009

To set up your Outlook.com account:

  1. Open Windows Live Mail 2009.

  2. In the lower left, click Mail, then click Add e-mail account.

  3. Enter your email address, password, and display name, then click Next.

  4. In the drop down next to My incoming mail server is a, select HTTP server, then click Next.

  5. Click Finish.

Apps that support Exchange ActiveSync

With EAS you can get your email immediately, as well as see all your folders, calendar and contacts in one place. If your email app supports Exchange ActiveSync and you need to configure it manually, use the following settings.

  • Server address: s.outlook.com

  • Domain: <leave empty>

  • User name: Your email address

  • Password: Your password

  • TLS/SSL encryption required: Yes

Apps that support IMAP and SMTP

If your email app doesn’t support Exchange ActiveSync, it might use IMAP. Unlike POP, which only syncs your inbox, IMAP syncs all your email folders.

Use the following settings in your email app.

  • Incoming (IMAP) Server

    • Server address: imap-mail.outlook.com

    • Port: 993

    • Encrypted Connection: SSL

  • Outgoing (SMTP) Server

    • Server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com

    • Port: 25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)

    • Authentication: Yes

    • Encrypted Connection: TLS

  • User name: Your email address

  • Password: Your password

Apps that support POP3 and SMTP

If your email app doesn’t support Exchange ActiveSync or IMAP, but supports POP3, first turn on POP for your Outlook.com account.

  1. Sign in to your Outlook.com account.

  2. Click the Options icon Options icon, and then click Options.

  3. Under Managing your account, click Connect devices and apps with POP.

  4. Under POP, select Enable.

  5. Click Save.

Then use the following settings in your email app.

  • Incoming (POP3) Server

    • Server address: pop-mail.outlook.com

    • Port: 995

    • Encrypted Connection: SSL

  • Outgoing (SMTP) Server

    • Server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com

    • Port: 25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)

    • Authentication: Yes

    • Encrypted Connection: TLS

  • User name: Your email address

  • Password: Your password

  • If you don’t want email to be deleted from your Outlook.com inbox after it’s downloaded to your email app, select the Leave a copy of messages on the server option.

Even if you accidentally set up POP3 to delete messages after downloading them, Outlook.com will save a copy of the mail in a folder called POP until you verify the POP3 delete command.

Verify the POP3 delete command

  1. Sign in to your Outlook.com account

  2. Click the Options icon Options icon, and then click Options.

  3. Under Managing Your Account, click Connect devices and apps with POP.

  4. Under POP, make sure Enable is selected.

  5. Select Don't let devices or apps delete messages … to override any delete requests.
    – Or –
    Select Do what the device or app says … to allow devices and apps to delete messages from the inbox.

  6. Click Save.

Note

  • This setting applies to all POP email apps that you might be using with your Outlook.com account.

For more help with connecting to Outlook.com with apps and devices, contact customer support.

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