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Outlook.com POP3 and SMTP Settings for Microsoft Outlook

If you’re using Outlook.com, these are the POP3 and SMTP server settings to use since IMAP is not currently supported with Outlook.com accounts.

Outlook 2010 SMTP POP3 IMAP settings

Setting up Outlook.com in an email client like Outlook 2007 or 2010 is simple as long as you know the POP3 and SMTP Settings. Unfortunately, IMAP is not supported with Outlook.com accounts. There are rumors Microsoft will eventually support IMAP with Outlook.com addresses but for now, only POP3 and EAS (Exchange Active Sync) is supported.

For this tutorial, however, let’s focus only on how to get your email client working using POP3 and SMTP. All my screenshots are taken using Outlook 2010 however 2007 should be very similar. If you’re using Outlook 2013, you should not use POP3. You should just use EAS as it configures everything automatically.

How To Add an Outlook.com to Outlook 2010 or Outlook 2007 using POP3 and SMTP

Using Outlook 2010, Click File, Info, Account Settings.

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Click New under the Email Tab.

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Click the Manually Configure Server bullet and Click Next.

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Click the Internet E-mail bullet and Click Next again.

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Enter your name, email and various account info as shown below. For the POP3 and SMTP settings, use:

Server Addresses:

  • POP3: pop3.live.com
  • SMTP: smtp.live.com

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Once all the information is filled out, Click More Settings

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Click the Outgoing Server Tab and check the box to enable authentication for the SMTP server.

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Click the Advanced Tab and use the following Settings for the Server Ports and Delivery. Click OK when done.

Server Settings

  • Incoming server (POP3) – Port 995 and Enable SSL with Check Box
  • Outgoing Server (SMTP) – Port 587 and Enable TLS with Dropdown

Delivery Settings

Note, POP3 is not like IMAP where it keeps your mailbox in SYNC with the server. POP3 downloads the email from the server and you have the option to delete the email once you do this or leave it on the server. My personal preference is to leave it on the server until I delete it, hence the settings below.

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Back on the Main Account menu, Click Next to test the install and finish things off.

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If everything tests correctly, you should get a Completed status. Click Close to finish off the install and Click Finish on the next screen also.

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31 Comments

31 Comments

  1. Johnny TechSupport  

    This is always good information to have handy, but you forgot one thing. You probably need to check the box for Secure Password Authentication, I did for my Outlook and Hotmail accounts, this may be an extra setting inside your Email settings panel, but it should be enabled for extra security.

    • @johnnytechsupport:disqus Good catch! Thanks.

    • I don’t have a lot of experience with SPA however from what I understand, it is Microsoft Propitiatory and based on NTLM.

      My setup worked without out it however I agree, can’t have enough security especially if it’s free IE: a checkbox.

      I’m curious however why it’s needed being that both the Incoming and Outgoing connections are encrypted with SSL and TLS… Curious.

  2. Dick Pearse  

    Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for. It is somewhat surprising the Outlook 2010 and Outlook.com are not more compatible. Everything is working great.

  3. Barry Friedman  

    Thank you thank you thank you. I was going crazy trying to get this to work…..finally.

  4. Barney Kalman  

    Microsoft finding server settings. AS USUAL IT IS A F——- JOKE.

  5. Dee  

    For me, the test comes back as both ‘completed.’ I can send emails that others receive, but I cannot receive them. Is there something else I may be missing? I have windows 8 and MS outlook 7. Thx.

    • Do you have other clients cheking email on Outlook, remember it’s POP protocol the emails go to the first client that feches the email unless in the client you checkt on advance settings to leave the emails for x numbers of days to give every device the chance to fetch the emails.

      This has to be done on every device you use to access hotmail/Outlook if not on the web page is a POP carpet with the emails that have been read by a client and deleted from the server.

      Unless in setting in webmail profile was selected to delete emails once read by devices.

  6. KBM  

    Thanks a lot !!

  7. Andy De George  

    Stop teaching me things I need to know! 🙂 Nice article.

  8. Joe  

    I have set up everything correctly (about 3 times), however, once my test is completed successfully I click close and I get “requested operation failed”. I am running Outlook 2010, I have set up outlook for gmail and have had no problems. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated… Thank you…

    Joe

  9. Naga  

    I want to check the POP3 server name, port configured in outlook.
    I do not want to configure the email. Just want to check what is the POP3 server name & port used in outlook2007.

    Version of the Outllok i am using is – 2007.

    I tried all possibilities but could not able to get the details.

    Appreciate quick help. Thanks
    -Naga

  10. Rahul  

    Hello Sir,
    I’m trying to send Emails from my java code using Outlook’s SMTP host: smtp.live.com at port no 587, but on running the code I get the error:

    Unknown SMTP host: smtp.live.com

    Can u plz tell me what’s the problem.

    Thanks in advance.

  11. Filiberto  

    you have to enable pop Access in Outlook.com as it’s off by default go to account settings in you’re profile

  12. Filiberto  

    it’s in inbox/options/connect devices and apps with pop

    • Kobus  

      Good Lord Thx —— at last mine is working now.

  13. Scott Brantley  

    Tried it numerous times, cannot get it to work with Outlook 7. Tried the Outlook Connector, didn’t work. I did enable pop, and tried your instructions again, still no luck.

    • IThe settings in my tablet are:
      Outlook Servers:
      Incoming Server: pop3.live.com
      SMTP Server: smtp.live.com
      Username:[email protected]
      Substitute xxxx and hotmail for youre email.
      Advance Settings:
      Outgoing server requieres Authentication
      Select (Same as incoming server configuration)
      Incoming port (SSL): 995
      Check the use of SSL,
      Outgoing Port: 587
      Encryption Type: TLS

      This is on the client in windows/Android/iphone

      On the OUTLOOK.COM go to
      the gears menu on top right
      select settings/Options
      Go to:
      Connect devices and apps with POP
      Select Enable

      And select if you want youre device to delete or to move the emails to the pop directory
      save
      and exit.,

      • Scott Brantley  

        Did all that. Only difference is I am using an outlook.com address.

  14. josegut85  

    Nice one. Congrats!

  15. karan  

    I am not able to receive mail but I can send them. Why is this error occurring.

  16. pratik  

    really helpful information.

  17. lin  

    I have tried this 3 times and will not work. I followed the directions above each time… Am I missing something?

  18. john  

    OMG, Your explanation was so much better than the one I use, and used, and used and finally screamed at just month ago. Thank you for clear and concise.

  19. Philip  

    Doesn’t work for me – mine is a hotmail.account. Test it says it cant logon to server because of bad account name or password – when I cut and paste same values into outlook online they work fine

    Maybe I need a differ server – not in US and its Hotmail – why can MS leave things alone.

    • Philip  

      got it sort of working with IMAP – which is a bit of a PITA in Outlook 2007

      Wish MS, Google, Apple etc would recognise that some of us often want to work offline

  20. Debbie Manseau  

    I am trying to set up a Pop3 email account through Outlook 2013 and I am getting errors that it doesnt recognize my user name or my password and it’s the same info I use for my Verizon webmail account.

    I also get a box that keeps popping up and wanting my logon information again.

    • Will  

      Make sure that you input your full e-mail address including @outlook.com.
      If it still doesn’t work,
      you can install the Windows Search,
      then you can add your e-mail account,
      after you successfully add your accout,
      then you can unload the Windows Search.
      I don’t know why,but it worked on me.

  21. Will  

    Thanks a lot.
    Before I tried pop-live.outllook.com
    but it didn’t work.
    Now it works,thanks.

  22. Helen Alto  

    How did I get pop3.live.com as my incoming server also how did I get SMTP as my out going server? I can not send or receive emails now. My email address is [email protected]. Please let me know ASAP. Thank you.

  23. Arif  

    thanks brother it works

    however my outlook mail account show following setting
    for POP3
    Server name: pop-mail.outlook.com

    fro SMPT
    Server name: smtp-mail.outlook.com

    in tried with live.com

    it amaze me

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