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 needed to set up your Outlook.com account in an email client on your smartphone, tablet, or another computer. SMTP settings provide instructions to the mail program on how to send mail from your Outlook.com account.

These instructions apply to SMTP and IMAP email apps that are used to download email from Outlook.com accounts.

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What Are SMTP Settings?

SMTP is an abbreviation for Simple Mail Transfer Protocol and it's an internet standard for sending and receiving email messages. However, most mail clients only use SMTP to send messages.

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

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. Use these settings:

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 used to send mail from the Outlook.com address. To download and store incoming messages from an Outlook.com account, you'll need the settings for either a POP3 or IMAP account. 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 keeps a copy of your email on the email server. Use IMAP if you want to synchronize email across multiple devices, such as your phone, computer, and the Outlook.com website.