Outlook.com Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

If you want to access your Outlook inbox using a third-party client on your computer or mobile device, then you need to know the right Outlook email settings, and this guide is here to help.

SMTP Settings For Outlook.com And MSN

Microsoft provides two sets of Outlook POP3 settings, one set for Outlook.com (Hotmail, Live.com, Microsoft 365), and the other one for MSN.

Option Description
SMTP Host for Outlook.com (Hotmail, Live.com, Microsoft 365): smtp.office365.com
SMTP Host for MSN: smtp-mail.outlook.com
SMTP Port for all providers: 587 STARTTLS
SMTP Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
SMTP Password: Your email account password

Email Receiving Settings For Outlook.com And MSN

To access your Outlook inbox using a third-party email client, you need to configure the correct Outlook IMAP settings or Outlook POP3 settings. Keep in mind that the settings are slightly different depending on if you have an Outlook.com (Hotmail, Live.com, Microsoft 365) or MSN email account.

POP3 settings

Option Description
POP3 Host for Outlook.com (Hotmail, Live.com, Microsoft 365): outlook.office365.com
POP3 Host for MSN: pop-mail.outlook.com
POP3 Port (for all providers): 995
Requires SSL (for all providers): Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
POP3 Password: Your email account password

IMAP settings

Option Description
IMAP Host for Outlook.com (Hotmail, Live.com, Microsoft 365): outlook.office365.com
IMAP Host for MSN: imap-mail.outlook.com
IMAP Port (for all providers): 993
Requires SSL (for all providers): Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (name@domain.com)
IMAP Password: Your email account password

Good to Know

You should know that Outlook.com disables POP access by default, and you need to go through the following steps to enable it:

  1. Log in to your Outlook.com email account.
  2. Click the Settings gear icon and select the View all Outlook settings option.
  3. Go to the Mail tab and choose Sync email.
  4. There, select the “Yes under Let devices and apps use POP” option under POP and IMAP.
  5. Click Save.

💡 Tip: Outlook.com can also display messages from other email accounts, but you might need to configure some settings first (here are instructions for Gmail and Yahoo).

Looking for Gmail settings or AOL Mail settings? Our Blog's Email Settings category contains specs for all major mail service providers.

IMAP vs POP3 Outlook: What’s The Difference

If you don’t understand the difference between IMAP and POP3, then it’s easy to get confused when configuring Outlook.com email settings.

Both IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) and POP3 (Post Office Protocol 3) are protocols used by clients to retrieve email messages from a remote mail server. In other words, they provide the means to tell Outlook, “Hey! Show me this email message.”

IMAP is the most commonly used protocol these days because it makes it possible to access any Outlook inbox from multiple devices and synchronize the status of email messages so that a message that has been opened once shows as opened everywhere.

POP is a relatively simple protocol that allows a client to retrieve (and optionally delete) email messages from a server, but it doesn’t make it possible to change the status of messages on the server.

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