The Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need to Send Email

When you want to send Outlook.com email from another email provider

Screenshot of SMTP settings for Outlook email account in MailMate, macOS

Although Outlook.com email is readily accessible from the website, many people prefer to access their emails from several email providers in one account to simplify checking email and to stay organized. For each email account you want to access through a different email provider, you need to supply the information that allows mail to be sent and received.

The Outlook.com SMTP server settings are necessary if you want to set up an Outlook.com account in an email client. They provide the instructions for the program to understand how to send mail from the Outlook.com account.

The SMTP server settings for an Outlook.com email address are the same no matter where you're sending mail, be it from a desktop, phone, or tablet

Note: If you're using Outlook.com from the website, you do not need to know these settings because the website already understands how to send mail.

Outlook.com SMTP Server Settings

When you set up Outlook.com accessibility in an alternate email provider, you'll be asked to enter the SMTP server settings:

  • Outlook.com SMTP server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Outlook.com SMTP username: Your full Outlook.com email address (myname@outlook.com, for example, not an alias)
  • Outlook.com SMTP password: Your Outlook.com password
  • Outlook.com SMTP port: 587 (or use port 25 as an alternative)
  • Outlook.com SMTP TLS/SSL encryption required: yes

What About Downloading Mail From Outlook.com?

The SMTP settings are only useful for sending mail from the Outlook.com address. You also need to be able to download the mail to your email client.

To download and store incoming messages from an Outlook.com account requires the settings for either POP 3 or IMAP accounts. Depending on which standard you use on your devices, enter either the Outlook.com POP server settings or the Outlook.com IMAP server settings

POP3 operates just like the post office. It delivers your mail and does not keep a copy on the server. IMAP allows you to keep a copy of your email on the email server, which is useful if you want to sync all the email on multiple devices, such as your phone, computer, and the Outlook.com website.