Why & when do I need these settings?

Online email providers are basically email services designed to provide you with email mailbox accesss directly from the web. However, going online and logging on to their sites is not always the most convenient way for reading and sending emails.

On the other hand, you have the alternative to send and receive emails through such a mailbox by using a local email client software, such as Outlook Express, Microsoft Outlook, Thunderbird, etc. In order to properly use it, you need to configure your email software with the incoming and outgoing mail servers of your email provider (Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo! Mail or else).

Default Ports and Servers

  Server Authentication Port
SMTP Server (Outgoing Messages) Non-Encrypted AUTH 25 (or 587)
  Secure (TLS) StartTLS 587
  Secure (SSL) SSL 465
IMAP Server (Incoming Messages) Non-Encrypted AUTH 143
  Secure (TLS) StartTLS 143
  Secure (SSL) SSL 993
POP3 Server (Incoming Messages) Non-Encrypted AUTH 110
  Secure (SSL) SSL 995

Google - Gmail

  Server Authentication Port
SMTP Server (Outgoing Messages) smtp.gmail.com StartTLS 587
  smtp.gmail.com SSL 465
IMAP Server (Incoming Messages) imap.gmail.com SSL 993
POP3 Server (Incoming Messages) pop.gmail.com SSL 995

Notes:

  • please make sure, that IMAP access is enabled in the account settings;
  • please make sure, that POP3 access is enabled in the account settings;
  • you also need to enable “less secure apps” (third party apps) in the Gmail settings:

Outlook.com

  Server Authentication Port
SMTP Server (Outgoing Messages) smtp-mail.outlook.com StartTLS 587
  smtp.live.com StartTLS 587
IMAP Server (Incoming Messages) imap-mail.outlook.com SSL 993
POP3 Server (Incoming Messages) pop3.live.com SSL 995

Office365.com

  Server Authentication Port
SMTP Server (Outgoing Messages) smtp.office365.com StartTLS 587
IMAP Server (Incoming Messages) outlook.office365.com SSL 993
POP3 Server (Incoming Messages) outlook.office365.com SSL 995

Note:

  • if the settings are not working for your account, then login to the outlook web app and go to the “Settings” > “Options” > “Account” > “My Account” > “Settings for POP and IMAP Access”.

Yahoo Mail

  Server Authentication Port
SMTP Server (Outgoing Messages) smtp.mail.yahoo.com SSL 465
IMAP Server (Incoming Messages) imap.mail.yahoo.com SSL 993
POP3 Server (Incoming Messages) pop.mail.yahoo.com SSL 995

Mail.com

  Server Authentication Port
SMTP Server (Outgoing Messages) smtp.mail.com StartTLS 587
IMAP Server (Incoming Messages) pop.mail.com SSL 993
POP3 Server (Incoming Messages) pop.mail.com SSL 995

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