Set Up Outlook.com Email with Mail App (or Any Desktop POP3 Client)
Microsoft recently unveiled Outlook.com as a free email service, it’s primarily web based as some sort of Hotmail rebranding, but because of the new domain you can still get fairly decent email addresses if you want one. As webmail you can obviously use any browser to check mail, but you can also use it with the Mac OS X Mail app or any other standard POP3 email client. Setting it up is pretty easy but there can be a hiccup or two with the automated process from Mail app, so we’ll walk through the manual settings to make sure everything works.
Outlook.com Mail Servers
If you’ve set up mail accounts before and just want incoming (pop3) and outgoing (smtp) mail server addresses for Outlook.com, here’s what you’re looking for:
- Incoming Mail Server (POP3): pop3.live.com
- Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.live.com
- IMAP server: imap.live.com
For the outgoing server, use SSL, and port 25, 465, or 587. I’m not sure why Microsoft is using Live IP’s for Outlook, but whatever.
Setting Up Outlook.com with Mail App
We’ll assume you already signed up for a free outlook.com email address, if not head over to Outlook.com and make one.
- Launch Mail app and pull down the “Mail” menu to select “Preferences”
- Click on “Accounts” tab and then click the + icon to add a new account
- Enter the full name you want attached to the mail account, enter the email address, and password, click “Continue” to start the automatic setup
- For the incoming mail server, choose “POP” as account type, and set the incoming mail server to pop3.live.com
- For the outgoing mail server, use SMTP outgoing mail server smtp.live.com, and set to default ports
With the setup finished, create and send a new email message to verify that everything works.
You could also set this up in iOS using the same outbound and inbound mail servers, though unless you want a new address there isn’t much reason to choose Outlook over any existing account setup through Gmail, Yahoo, etc.