How to Access Outlook.com via IMAP in Any Email Program

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You can access all your Outlook.com email (including all folders) in any email program on desktop or mobile device using IMAP.

Outlook.com, Not Only in Your Browser

It is good to have email in your browser when but a browser is around (or nearest). It is good, too, to have email in your email program when one is at hand (or favored).

With Outlook.com, you can get to your mail on the web, and you can get to it in your email program as well.

You can even choose between POP and IMAP access.

The latter—IMAP—allows the email client to not only download new messages as they arrive at the Outlook.com address but access the folders and emails the way you see them in Outlook.com on the web as well. Actions (such as deleting a message or saving a draft) you take in the email program automatically synchronize with Outlook.com on the web—and Outlook.com in any other email programs also using IMAP to access the account.

Access Outlook.com in Any Email Program via IMAP

To set up Outlook.com as an IMAP account (which affords you seamless access to online folders and automatically synchronization across email clients and the web), select the desired email program or service from the list below:

If your service or client is not in the list, do create a new IMAP account in it with the following settings:

  • SMTP server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 587
  • TLS/SSL: yes
  • User name: your Outlook.com email address
  • Password: your Outlook.com password (or an application password)

POP access is available as a simple and reliable alternative for just downloading newly incoming messages from an Outlook.com account to an email program.

(Updated November 2014)