How to Setup Email Accounts Using POP3 or IMAP in Email Clients

SUMMARY: This topic contains POP3 and IMAP server settings for popular email service providers such as Hotmail (Outlook), Gmail and Yahoo! which are required by desktop email client programs or mobile apps when you try to add and set up your email account.

Recently Windows Live team enabled FREE POP3 access to all Windows Live Hotmail (or Outlook) email users so they can access their email accounts using their favorite email client programs such as Windows Mail, Windows Live Mail, Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, Postbox, etc or using apps in their mobile phones.

If you don't know about POP3, here is a simple explanation. POP3 is a protocol that allows 3rd party email clients installed on your computers or mobile phones to retrieve messages from your email account inbox and send them in the designated program.

Today in this topic, we are going to share POP3 (Post Office Protocol) and IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) server settings for popular email service providers such as Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! which will help you in setting up your email accounts quickly and easily in your favorite email client software or mobile phone.

If you are ready to use POP3 or IMAP functionality of your email account, just use following server settings:

Windows Live Hotmail or Outlook Email Accounts

POP3 Settings:

Incoming Mail POP3 server: pop-mail.outlook.com (Port 995)
SSL required: Yes
Username: Your Windows Live ID (for example, yourname@hotmail.com)
Password: Your password

Outgoing Mail SMTP server: smtp-mail.outlook.com (Port 25 or 587)
Authentication required: Yes (this matches your username and password)
TLS/SSL required: Yes

IMAP Settings:

Incoming Mail IMAP server: imap-mail.outlook.com (Port 993)
SSL required: Yes
Username: Your Windows Live ID (for example yourname@hotmail.com)
Password: Your password

Outgoing Mail SMTP server: smtp-mail.outlook.com (Port 25 or 587)
Authentication required: Yes (this matches your username and password)
TLS/SSL required: Yes

Related: [Fix] Duplicate IMAP Folders (Sent, Junk and Deleted Items) Created in Windows Live Mail

Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) Settings:

If your desktop email client supports Exchange ActiveSync, you can configure your Hotmail/Outlook email account using EAS with the help of following settings:

Server: s.outlook.com
Domain: leave it empty
Username: Your Windows Live ID (for example yourname@hotmail.com)
Password: Your password
TLS/SSL required: Yes

Gmail Accounts

POP3 Settings:

Incoming Mail POP3 server: pop.gmail.com (Port 995)
SSL required: Yes
Username: Your Gmail ID (for example yourname@gmail.com)
Password: Your password

Outgoing Mail SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com (Port 465 or 587)
Authentication required: Yes (this matches your username and password)
TLS/SSL required: Yes

IMAP Settings:

Incoming Mail IMAP server: imap.gmail.com (Port 993)
SSL required: Yes
Username: Your Gmail ID (for example yourname@gmail.com)
Password: Your password

Outgoing Mail SMTP server: smtp.gmail.com (Port 465 or 587)
Authentication required: Yes (this matches your username and password)
TLS/SSL required: Yes

Yahoo! Mail Accounts

POP3 Settings:

Incoming Mail POP3 server: pop.mail.yahoo.com (Port 995)
SSL required: Yes
Username: Your Yahoo! mail ID (for example yourname@yahoo.com)
Password: Your password

Outgoing Mail SMTP server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com (Port 465 or 587)
Authentication required: Yes (this matches your username and password)
TLS/SSL required: Yes

IMAP Settings:

Incoming Mail IMAP server: imap.mail.yahoo.com (Port 993)
SSL required: Yes
Username: Your Yahoo! mail ID (for example yourname@yahoo.com)
Password: Your password

Outgoing Mail SMTP server: smtp.mail.yahoo.com (Port 465 or 587)
Authentication required: Yes (this matches your username and password)
TLS/SSL required: Yes





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Comments

  • Thank you, it worked

  • In POP3 Settings as:
    Incoming Mail POP3 server: pop-mail.outlook.com (Port 995)
    for Windows Live Mail Desktop not working anymore...

    Is there a fix for that...

  • VG

    ^^ Open your email account in web browser, then open its settings and enable POP3 support. I'll advise you to use IMAP instead of POP3 for better experience.

  • I tried the IMAP, and instead of:
    Inbox
    Drafts
    Sent items
    Junk e-mail
    Deleted items
    ....
    and now I have additionnaly these folders:
    Junk
    Notes
    Outbox

    I tried your advice in:
    [Fix] Duplicate IMAP Folders (Sent, Junk and Deleted Items) Created in Windows Live Mail

    but Windows Live mail refuses to delete them.

    We must find a way to configure working POP3 settings...

    Thank you...

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