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 June 24, 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 How to Use Outlook.com with POP Account Settings Get Outlook.com Email in Mozilla Thunderbird (POP and IMAP) The Outlook.com IMAP Settings for Email Programs The Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need Looking for the Outlook.com POP Settings? What Is IMAP and How Does It Help You? How to Find the Exchange Settings for Outlook.com How to Create App Passwords for Outlook.com For Easier Sign-in How Do You Enable IMAP in Zoho Mail? Is Hotmail Email Still Hot? It Has a New Outlook Need Exchange ActiveSync Settings for Gmail? Find Them Here What Are the SMTP Settings for Mail.com? Want Yandex.Mail to Sync with Your IMAP Email Program? Use the Mail.com IMAP Settings to Download Mail.com Emails Simple Steps to Enable Gmail via IMAP in Your Email Program How Do You Access Yahoo Mail in Another Email Program?