How To Email & Messaging The Outlook.com SMTP Settings You Need to Send Email When you want to send Outlook.com email from an email client Share Pin Email Print barisonal / Getty Images Email & Messaging Tips & Tricks Outlook Tips & Tricks Gmail Tips & Tricks Yahoo Tips & Tricks Basics Guides & Tutorials Installing & Upgrading Key Concepts VoIP by Heinz Tschabitscher A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. Updated November 11, 2019 54 54 people found this article helpful 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. barisonal / Getty Images 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. Continue Reading Looking for the Outlook.com POP Settings? Need SMTP Settings for Yahoo Mail? Find Them Here How to Use Outlook.com with POP Account Settings What Are the AOL Mail SMTP Settings? Use These SMTP Settings to Access Gmail Through Your Own Email Client How to Configure Your Outlook.com Account to Use IMAP Need SMTP Settings for Windows Live/Hotmail? Get Them Here Manually Configure an Email Provider in iCloud Mail How to Use Zoho Mail SMTP Settings Get Outlook.com Email in Mozilla Thunderbird (POP and IMAP) Use the Mail.com IMAP Settings to Download Mail.com Emails The Outlook.com IMAP Settings for Email Programs How to Fix Email Sending Issues in Apple Mail Is Hotmail Email Still Hot? It Has a New Outlook What Are the Windows Live Hotmail POP Settings? What Are the SMTP Settings for Mail.com?