How To Email & Messaging Outlook.com IMAP Server Settings Use your favorite email client to access your Outlook mail Share Pin Email Print pxhere Email & Messaging Tips & Tricks Outlook Tips & Tricks Gmail Tips & Tricks Yahoo Tips & Tricks Basics Guides & Tutorials Installing & Upgrading Key Concepts VoIP by Heinz Tschabitscher An independent writer who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. Updated April 01, 2019 The Internet Message Access Protocol (known more commonly by its acronym, IMAP) is an email protocol that is used to access email on a remote mail server. It's one of the most widely used mail frameworks for retrieving messages, and it's supported by Microsoft to access Outlook.com accounts. Information in this article applies to Outlook.com and Outlook Online. Outlook.com IMAP Server Settings The Outlook.com IMAP server settings are: Server address: imap-mail.outlook.com User name: Your full Outlook.com email address (not an alias) Password: Your Outlook.com password (or an application password) Port: 993 TLS/SSL encryption required: Yes To send mail using an Outlook.com account from an email program, add the Outlook.com SMTP server settings. IMAP can only access messages; you must configure the Simple Mail Transport Protocol settings independently if you want your messages to go outbound. Considerations Before you commit to using IMAP to access your Outlook.com account, however, consider Exchange access for your Outlook.com account. It does everything IMAP can — send and receive email — and synchronizes your contacts, calendars, to-do items, and notes. Particularly with Microsoft Outlook (the desktop program) and mobile applications like Mail on iOS, adding an Outlook.com account through Exchange opens greater functionality than relying on IMAP. You can also access Outlook.com using POP as an alternative to IMAP. Post Office Protocol is a method of retrieving messages that downloads an email and then deletes it from the server. POP has a valid business case — for example, to retrieve messages for inclusion in a company's ticketing system — but most home users should use IMAP over POP. IMAP Synchronization Because IMAP syncs your connected email programs with your mail provider's server, anything you do to an IMAP-enabled account synchronizes across all connected programs. Continue Reading Looking for the Outlook.com POP Settings? How to Use Outlook.com with POP Account Settings How to Find the Exchange Settings for Outlook.com Use the Mail.com IMAP Settings If You Can't Download Mail.com Emails The Outlook.com IMAP Settings for Email Programs Get Outlook.com Email in Mozilla Thunderbird (POP and IMAP) The Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need Access Gmail on Multiple Devices Using IMAP Protocol Here Are the SMTP Settings You Need to Send Mail in Gmail How Do You Access Yahoo Mail in Another Email Program? Create Secure IMAP and POP Passwords for Outlook.com Looking for the Zoho Mail IMAP Settings? How to Use Outlook.com Email With Outlook Express Need the IMAP Settings for Your GMX Mail Account? Find Them Here Did You Know You Can Download Emails from Yahoo! Mail to a PC? Want Yandex.Mail to Sync with Your IMAP Email Program?