What Are the Outlook.com POP Server Settings?

Access your Outlook.com email from your favorite email client

You'll need the Outlook.com POP3 server settings to add an 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.

Instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com and Outlook Online.

Enable POP Access in Outlook.com

POP access is disabled by default for Outlook.com, so the first step is to enable it.  

  1. Log in to your Outlook.com account.

  2. Go to Settings.

  3. Select View All Outlook Settings.

    Screenshot of Outlook.com Settings menu
  4. Select Mail > Sync Email.

  5. Scroll to the POP and IMAP section.

  6. Under Pop options, select Yes.

    Screenshot of POP and IMAP in Outlook.com Settings
  7. Select Let apps and devices delete messages from Outlook if you want to avoid using Outlook.com to permanently delete the messages.

    Screenshot showing options to delete messages after download
  8. Select Save.

  9. Close the Settings window.

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 username Complete Outlook.com email address (not an alias)
Outlook.com POP password 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

You can also set up Outlook.com using IMAP as an alternative to POP. These are the Outlook.com IMAP settings:

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, use the Outlook.com SMTP server settings.

Troubleshoot 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, it's easy to omit the hyphen and periods in the server address. The port number is also important, and you may have to change from a default port number to the correct one for Outlook.com.

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