How to Access Outlook.com via POP in An Email Program

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Using POP, email programs can download mail from an Outlook.com account.

A Program Dedicated to Email

Outlook.com on the web works like an email program in most ways and better in some. It is not an email program, though.

If you prefer to get and send your mail in a dedicated program instead if a browser; if you need to use a POP email program; or if you like the thought of keeping copies of emails on your computer, for instance: you can set up your Outlook.com account in your email client so it downloads new mail using POP and sends via SMTP.

Enable POP Access for an Outlook.com Account

To allow email programs to connect to and download messages from an Outlook.com email account using POP:

  1. Click the settings gear icon () in Outlook.com.
  2. Select Options from the menu that has appeared.
  3. Follow the Connect devices and apps with POP link under Managing your account.
  4. Make sure Enable is selected under POP.
  5. If you want to allow email programs to delete messages in the Outlook.com account after they have been downloaded:
    1. Make sure Do what the device or app says is selected under Deleting downloaded messages.
  6. Click Save.

Access Outlook.com via POP in an Email Program

To configure an email program to access an Outlook.com account via POP, pick the email program from the list or use the general settings below.

To set up Outlook.com as an email account in an email program (on a computer or mobile device) for downloading new message from the inbox and sending:

  • Create a new POP email account using the following settings:
  • POP (incoming mail) server: pop-mail.outlook.com
  • POP port: 995
  • POP SSL/TLS required: yes
  • POP username: your complete Outlook.com email address (including "@outlook.com", "@live.com" or "@hotmail.com", for instance; use the account's main address, not an alias)
  • POP password: an Outlook.com application password (with two-step authentication enabled) or your Outlook.com password
  • SMTP (outgoing mail) server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • SMTP port: 587
    • As an alternative, you can try "25" as the SMTP port.
  • SMTP STARTTLS: yes
    • Try "SSL" or "SSL/TLS" if "STARTTLS" is not available.
  • SMTP authentication required: yes
  • SMTP username: your entire Outlook.com email address (not an alias)
  • SMTP password: your Outlook.com password (or the Outlook.com application password)

As a flexible alternative that offers access to all folders and synchronizes actions, Outlook.com also offers IMAP access.