Here Are the Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need to Send Email

Email settings necessary for sending mail through an Outlook.com address

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

Below is everything you need for setting up the SMTP server for an Outlook.com email address. They work the same no matter where you're sending mail, be it from a desktop, phone, tablet, etc.

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

  • Outlook.com SMTP server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Outlook.com SMTP user name: Your full Outlook.com email address (e.g. myname@outlook.com, not an alias)
  • Outlook.com SMTP password: Your Outlook.com password
  • Outlook.com SMTP port: 587 (you can use port 25 as an alternative)
  • Outlook.com SMTP TLS/SSL encryption required: yes

What About Downloading Mail From Outlook.com?

The above settings are only useful for sending mail from the Outlook.com address. You also need to be able to download the mail into your email client, like on your phone or computer.

To download and store incoming messages from an Outlook.com account requires either POP 3 or IMAP.

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 need to sync all the email between multiple devices, like your phone, computer, and the Outlook.com website.

See our Outlook.com POP Server Settings and Outlook.com IMAP Server Settings pages for that information.

More Information on Outlook.com Email Accounts

Outlook.com is the successor of Hotmail.com. If you need to login to your Hotmail account, use the Outlook.live.com website. To send mail through your Hotmail account from an email client, use the smtp.live.com SMTP server.

If you're looking for the Outlook.com SMTP server settings because you can't access your Outlook Mail account or messages aren't sending correctly, first check if Outlook.com is down. You can do this by checking the Office 365 Service Status page.

Need help setting up a new Outlook.com address? Read our guide to Creating a New Outlook.com Email Account.

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