Access your Outlook.com (Outlook.com) Account from an Email Program using IMAP

Outlook.com (Outlook.com) provides IMAP access to your Outlook.com (Outlook.com) account, so you can connect to your emails from your desktop email program or your mobile mail app.

Outlook.com supports IMAP / SMTP

That means you don't have to use Outlook.com webmail interface! You can check your emails using other email programs (like Mailbird, Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird). Using desktop email programs will make you more productive and your email will always be available, even offline.

Setup Your Outlook.com Account with Your Email Program Using IMAP

To access your Outlook.com email account from a desktop email program, you'll need the IMAP and SMTP settings below:

Outlook.com (Outlook.com) IMAP Server imap-mail.outlook.com
IMAP port 993
IMAP security SSL
IMAP username Your full email address
IMAP password Your Outlook.com password
Outlook.com (Outlook.com) SMTP Server smtp-mail.outlook.com
SMTP port 587
SMTP security TLS
SMTP username Your full email address
SMTP password Your Outlook.com password

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Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Mailbird Desktop Client, Download and install Mailbird for free
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Your full name
Your full email address
Step 2: To configure Outlook.com On Mailbird Desktop Client, Enter your name and email address. Click Continue.
Step 2: Enter your name and email address. Click Continue.
Step 3: To configure Outlook.com On Mailbird Desktop Client, Mailbird is automatically detecting your email settings. Click Continue.
Step 3: Mailbird is automatically detecting your email settings. Click Continue.
Step 4: To configure Outlook.com On Mailbird Desktop Client, All set! You can Add more accounts or Start using Mailbird.
Step 4: All set! You can Add more accounts or Start using Mailbird.

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Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Gmail, In the top right corner, click Settings and See all settings.
Step 1: In the top right corner, click Settings and See all settings.
Step 2: To configure Outlook.com On Gmail, Select Accounts and Import and then click on Add a mail account.
Step 2: Select Accounts and Import and then click on Add a mail account.
Your full email address
Step 3: To configure Outlook.com On Gmail, Enter the email address you would like to add.
Step 3: Enter the email address you would like to add.
Step 4: To configure Outlook.com On Gmail, Select one of the 2 options.
Step 4: Select one of the 2 options.
Your full email address
Your password
imap-mail.outlook.com
993
Step 5: To configure Outlook.com On Gmail, Enter the following information to complete the email settings.
Step 5: Enter the following information to complete the email settings.

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Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Outlook, Click on the File tab in the upper-left corner of the Outlook window.
Step 1: Click on the File tab in the upper-left corner of the Outlook window.
Step 2: To configure Outlook.com On Outlook, Click Add Account
Step 2: Click Add Account.
Your full email address
Step 3: To configure Outlook.com On Outlook, Enter your new email address and click Connect
Step 3: Enter your new email address and click Connect
Step 4: To configure Outlook.com On Outlook, On the next screen, select IMAP
Step 4: On the next screen, select IMAP
imap-mail.outlook.com
993
SSL
smtp-mail.outlook.com
587
TLS
Step 5: To configure Outlook.com On Outlook, Add the following information and click Next
Step 5: Add the following information and click Next

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Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Thunderbird, In Mozilla Thunderbird, from the menu select Account Settings
Step 1: In Mozilla Thunderbird, from the menu select Account Settings.
Step 2: To configure Outlook.com On Thunderbird, In the bottom left corner, click Account actions and <strong>Add Mail Account...
Step 2: In the bottom left corner, click Account actions and Add Mail Account...
Your full name
Your full email address
Your password
Step 3: To configure Outlook.com On Thunderbird, Enter your email address and click on Configure manually...
Step 3: Enter your email address and click on Configure manually...
imap-mail.outlook.com
993
SSL
smtp-mail.outlook.com
587
TLS
Step 4: To configure Outlook.com On Thunderbird, Add the following information and click Done
Step 4: Add the following information and click Done

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Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Windows Mail, Click on the Setting icon in the bottom left.
Step 1: Click on the Setting icon in the bottom left.
Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Windows Mail, Click on Manage accounts
Step 2: Click on Manage accounts.
Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Windows Mail, Click on + Add account
Step 3: Click on + Add account.
Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Windows Mail, Click Advanced Setup
Step 4: Click Advanced Setup.
Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Windows Mail, Click on Internet email
Step 5: Click on Internet email.
Your full name
Your full email address
imap-mail.outlook.com
smtp-mail.outlook.com
Step 1: To configure Outlook.com On Windows Mail, Enter the following information in the different fields
Step 6: Enter the following information in the different fields.

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