What Are the Outlook.com Exchange Settings?

Access Outlook.com mail in your favorite email client

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You need the Outlook.com Exchange server settings to set up Outlook Mail in your email program as an Exchange account.

With the right Exchange server configuration strings and ports, not only can you send and receive email using an Outlook.com account, you can also access all your online folders, contacts, calendars, to-do items, and more.

Outlook.com Exchange Server Settings

These are the correct Exchange settings you need for Outlook Mail:

  • Exchange Server Address: outlook.office365.com1
  • Exchange Port: 443
  • Exchange Username: Your full Outlook.com email address2
  • Exchange Password: Your Outlook.com password3
  • Exchange TLS/SSL Encryption Required: Yes

1) The full URL is https://outlook.office365.com/EWS/Exchange.asmx, but you shouldn't need it.

2) When writing your email address, use the full domain name, too (e.g. @outlook.com). However, if that doesn't work, try just the username without the domain portion. Do not use an Outlook.com alias for the username.

3) Create and use an application password if your Outlook.com account uses two-step authentication.

Outlook.com Exchange ActiveSync Settings

Previously, Outlook.com and Hotmail (which became part of Outlook in 2013) offered Exchange ActiveSync access. Here are the settings for accessing incoming messages and online folders in an Exchange-enabled email program:

  • MSN Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync Server Address: m.hotmail.com
  • Exchange ActiveSync Domain: [leave empty]
  • Exchange ActiveSync Username: Your full MSN Hotmail email address (not an alias)
  • Exchange ActiveSync Password: Your MSN Hotmail password
  • Exchange ActiveSync TLS/SSL Encryption Required: yes

Tips and More Information

Connecting to an Exchange server with the information from above is possible so long as the email client supports Exchange. Some examples include Microsoft Outlook for Windows and Mac, Outlook for iOS and Android, and third-party email applications like iOS Mail and eM Client.

As an alternative to Outlook.com Exchange access, you can also set up an email program to download mail from Outlook.com via IMAP or using POP protocols. IMAP and POP are less convenient, though, and are limited to email-only access.

To send mail through the email program, you need to use SMTP settings, since POP and IMAP only cover downloading messages.