What Are the Outlook.com POP Server Settings?

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Are you looking for the Outlook.com POP3 server settings? You will need these settings if you want to add your Outlook.com account to another email program that supports POP or IMAP. Using POP, you can download messages from your Outlook.com account to your chosen device or email program.

Enabling POP Access in Outlook.com

POP access is disabled by default for Outlook.com, so your first step should be to enable it.  Do you want to read your email from your Hotmail.com address on your mobile phone? Then you may need to take these steps first.

  1. Go to the Settings menu (the cogwheel icon on the top ribbon).
  2. Select Options.
  3. Select POP and IMAP.
  4. Under POP options, choose Yes to let devices and apps use POP.
  5. Choose Save at the top.

Note that while enabling this option, you also have the choice to allow devices and apps to delete messages from Outlook or not. If you don't allow this, they will move the messages to a special POP folder instead. You would then manage the messages from Outlook.com to delete them.

If you have the older Outlook.com mailbox with the header that says Outlook.com rather than Outlook Mail, choose Options > Managing your account > Connect devices and apps with POP. Then, under POP, choose Enable, and Save.

Outlook.com POP Server Settings

The Outlook.com POP server settings for downloading new incoming messages to an email program, cell phone or mobile device are:

  • Outlook.com POP server address: pop-mail.outlook.com
  • Outlook.com POP user name: Your full Outlook.com email address (not an alias)
  • Outlook.com POP Password: Your Outlook.com password
  • Outlook.com POP port: 995
  • Outlook.com POP Encryption method: SSL
  • Outlook.com POP TLS/SSL encryption required: yes

Outlook.com IMAP Settings

Note that you can also set up Outlook.com using IMAP as an alternative to POP.

  • Outlook.com IMAP server name: imap-mail.outlook.com
  • Outlook.com IMAP port: 993
  • Outlook.com IMAP encryption method: SSL

Outlook.com Settings for Sending Email

To send mail using an Outlook.com account from an email program, see the Outlook.com SMTP server settings.

  • Outlook.com SMTP server name: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Outlook.com SMTP port: 587
  • Outlook.com SMTP encryption method: TLS

Troubleshooting Email Server Settings

While mobile devices and email programs have become more user-friendly for accessing your email accounts, you may run into problems during setup. Check the POP, IMAP, and SMTP settings carefully. In the case of the POP server, there is a hyphen and periods in the server address that is easy to confuse or omit. The port number is also important, and you may have to change from a default port number to the correct one for Outlook.com.

You may have to try it a couple of times to get it right or ask a friend to help that you aren't misreading the settings or continuously entering them incorrectly.

It is also possible that Outlook.com will change these settings. Check for the current settings from Microsoft Office Support or use the Settings menu on Outlook.com to find the updated settings.

Once you have the settings correct and POP enabled at Outlook.com, you should be able to download email and read it. If you have the outgoing SMTP settings correct, you will also be able to send mail from your mobile device or another email program with your Outlook.com identity.