Software & Apps MS Office Outlook.com IMAP Server Settings Use your favorite email client to access your Outlook mail by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on May 03, 2020 Tweet Share Email pxhere MS Office Outlook Word Excel Powerpoint 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 messages — 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. 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. Was this page helpful? Thanks for letting us know! Get the Latest Tech News Delivered Every Day Email Address Sign up There was an error. Please try again. You're in! Thanks for signing up. There was an error. Please try again. Thank you for signing up. Tell us why! Other Not enough details Hard to understand Submit More from Lifewire Access Outlook Mail (Outlook.com) in Mozilla Thunderbird Access Your Yahoo Mail Account With Your Email Program Using IMAP A Guide to Access Outlook.com via POP in an Email Program How to Access a Yandex.Mail Account in Email Programs Using IMAP Everything You Need to Know About POP Here Are the IMAP Settings You Need to Set up Gmail How to Create App Passwords for Outlook.com The Top Free POP and IMAP Email Services How to Access Outlook.com Email With Apple Mail iCloud Email Settings for All Platforms What Are the Outlook.com Exchange Settings? How to Access Yahoo Mail in Outlook.com What Are the Outlook.com POP Server Settings? How to Access Gmail with Outlook Using IMAP The Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need to Send Email What Are the Zoho Mail POP3 Settings?