The Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need to Send Email

When you want to send Outlook.com email from an email client

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Outlook.com SMTP server settings are necessary if you want to set up an Outlook.com account in an email client on your smartphone, tablet, or other computers. SMTP settings provide the instructions for your mail program to understand how to send mail from the Outlook.com account properly.

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.

What are SMTP Settings?

SMTP is an abbreviation for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol; it is an internet standard for sending and receiving email messages; however, most mail clients choose to only utilize SMTP for sending messages.

If you are setting up an email client, SMTP server settings tell your program exactly where it should send your outbound mail, your authorization information data needed for the transaction, and the type of security needed when connecting.

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

Outlook.com SMTP Server Settings

When you set up Outlook.com in an email client, you may be asked to enter the SMTP server settings as follows:

  • SMTP Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Username: Your full Outlook.com email address
  • Password: Your Outlook.com password
  • SMTP Port: 587
  • SMTP TLS/SSL Encryption Required: Yes

What About Downloading Mail From Outlook.com?

SMTP server settings are only useful for sending mail from the Outlook.com address. 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 delivers your mail and does not keep a copy on the server, while IMAP allows you to keep a copy of your email on the email server, which is useful if you want to synchronize email across multiple devices, such as your phone, computer, and the Outlook.com website.