How to setup Outlook 2013/2016 for POP or IMAP

Outlook 2013 is Microsoft’s most current email client, and is very popular with most businesses, and with the growing popularity of Office 365, it is only certain to become more popular. In this article we will show you screenshots and instructions of how to setup Outlook 2013 for POP or IMAP for most internet providers.


1. After opening Outlook 2013, you will want to click on File. If you have a new copy of Outlook 2013, skip to step 3.ol1

2. Click on Add Account.ol2

3. For most providers, you will want to click on Manual setup or additional server types. If your setting up Office 365, or Gmail select email and type in your information. After you make your choice, click Next.ol3

4. Click POP or IMAP. Click Next.ol4

5. Select POP or IMAP from the Account Type drop down. Check with your email provider if you are not sure.

You should now fill out the rest of the information per your email providers specifications, then click More Settings… on the right.


6. (Most providers require this) Click Outgoing Server tab. Then click My outgoing server server (SMTP) requires authentication. Normally you will also click Use same settings as my incoming mail server. Unless your outgoing information is different which is unusual.ol6

7. Now continue on to the Advanced tab. Normally your going to want to change these settings to what are called SSL settings. ol7

8. Click the incoming server drop down where it says Use the following type of encrypted connection: and select SSL. The port should change to 993 or 995 depending on if you are using IMAP or POP.

9. Click the outgoing server drop down where it says Use the following type of encrypted connection: and select SSL. You will need to change the Outgoing Server port to 465 from 25 as it will not change on it’s own. ol9

10. Now you can click OK, and Next. If you have test account checked it will pop up at this point. Once it is done you can click close. If no errors are detected you are done. If there are errors, correct them and click next again to retest.ol10

Now we can’t say this will work for every email provider, but in general almost every major provider uses the same basic instructions. We hope this helps you get your email going and moving forward, in your email setup.