How to Set Up Outlook: Complete Tutorial

If you are looking for a better way to manage emails, why not use an email client like Microsoft Outlook? It is mainly used for receiving, sending and storing emails. However, it has plenty of other functions such as calendar, tasks, contacts and many more. In this tutorial, we’ll show you how to set up your email in Microsoft Outlook.


There are a few things that you must prepare before you start configuring the email client.

  1. Domain
  2. Your email address –
  3. Your email password
  4. IMAP/POP and SMTP configuration

Assuming you already have a domain and created an email, you must already have the first three prerequisites mentioned. However, to access your email through an email client, you must have the details of incoming (IMAP/POP) and outgoing (SMTP) servers.


So, what’s the difference between IMAP and POP?

IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) makes it possible to sync in real-time with the servers on webmail.

For example, if you mark a message as unread on Outlook, then the real email on the server is marked as unread too. This choice is preferable if you want to use Microsoft Outlook on multiple devices.

POP (Post Office Protocol) downloads and stores your email locally. Any changes you make on Outlook won’t appear on the webmail.

However, you can still set Outlook to make changes on the server – deleting, saving drafts, and so on. The upside to POP is even when you have no internet connection – or the server goes down – you can still access your email.

Finding the IMAP/POP and SMTP Configuration

Different hosting providers have different configuration processes.

If you are a Hostinger user, navigate to your control panel and scroll down to the Emails section.

Email section on Hostinger control panel.

After you click on Email Accounts, scroll down a bit to see the information you need under Email details.

Email details shown in Hostinger's control panel.

You may copy-paste the details to a Notepad file for safekeeping or simply leave the page open – you’ll need to use this to set up your email on Microsoft Outlook.

How to Set up Outlook

Now that you’ve taken care of the prerequisites, it’s time to learn how to set up Outlook.

Microsoft Outlook has many different versions that warrant different sections for each one of them. The versions we’re going to discuss are Outlook 2019, 2016, and 2013.

You need to make sure of which Microsoft Outlook version you are using.

Microsoft Outlook 2019

Here, you will learn how to set up Outlook (version 2019)

1. Open Microsoft Outlook 2019

When a window pops up, enter your email, then click Continue.

Choosing to configure account manually on Microsoft Outlook 2019's welcome screen.

2. Choose IMAP/POP

Select IMAP/POP, when given the option to choose your provider.

Configuring IMAP on Microsoft Outlook 2019

3. Configure Your IMAP or POP Settings

Whether you choose POP or IMAP, fill in the corresponding details as can be seen below. Then, click Add Account to proceed.

IMAP and POP configuration to add an email to Outlook.

4. Finalize Your Setup

Fill in your password, click Connect, and wait for the process to finish. If you succeed, the window below will appear.

A screen that appears when an account setup is complete (Microsoft Outlook 2019).

That’s it! All that’s left to do is click the OK button and you can start using Outlook right away.

Microsoft Outlook 2019 interface.

Microsoft Outlook 2016

Here, you will learn how to set up Outlook (version 2016)

1. Open Microsoft Outlook 2016

If you’re opening the client for the first time, a window will appear. Enter your email and don’t forget to tick the box. Then, click Connect.

Choosing to set up account manually on Microsoft Outlook 2016 login interface.

2. Configure the POP/IMAP and SMTP servers

When the next window pops up, choose between POP and IMAP.

When the window below shows up, fill in the forms with details from the control panel and click Next to proceed. Then enter the password to your email and click Connect.

POP account settings on Microsoft Outlook 2016

3. Finalizing the Setup

If an error window appears, you have to readjust the configuration by clicking Change Account Settings and make sure that everything is up to standard.

An error message that appears on Microsoft Outlook 2016

However, if you set the configuration correctly, you’ll see this window on your screen.

A screen that appears when the account setup is complete.

Depending on your choice, either POP or IMAP will make the list. Next, click Done and you’ll be navigated to Microsoft Outlook 2016 interface.

Microsoft Outlook 2016 interface

Microsoft Outlook 2013

Here, you will learn how to set up Outlook (version 2013)

1. Open Microsoft Outlook 2013

A window welcoming you for the first time will pop up. Click Next to proceed with your setup.

Microsoft Outlook 2013 welcome screen.

2. Configure Your Email Account

When the next window appears, tick Yes and click Next once again.

Then, choose the option to manually configure your email account and proceed to the next window.

Choosing to manually configure an email account on Microsoft Outlook 2013.

In the screen below, choose POP or IMAP and click Next to proceed.

Choosting POP or IMAP on Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration.

Enter the corresponding details in the following forms. Choose your desired account type (POP or IMAP), fill in both incoming and outgoing mail servers with the information you got from your control panel, and insert your full email address on the user name column along with the password.

Then, click More Settings.

Filling in IMAP details on Microsoft Outlook 2013.

In the next popup window, navigate to Outgoing Server tab and tick the box behind “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication”. Then, select “Use same settings as my incoming mail server” as seen below.

Setting up the outgoing server authentication on Microsoft Outlook 2013.

Then, go to the Advanced tab. Fill in the server port numbers and encrypted connection as seen below, then click OK.

Configuring servers and port numbers on Microsoft Outlook 2013.

3. Finalize Your Setup

After that, click Next and Outlook will test your account settings to see if things are going well. It will look like the screen below if it succeeds.

A successful test account message on Microsoft Outlook 2013

Then, just click Close and a window prompting that the setup process has finished will appear.

A screen that appears when the account setup is finished.

Just click Finish to be directed to Microsoft Outlook 2013 interface as seen below.

Microsoft Outlook 2013 interface.


Setting up Outlook isn’t as daunting as you might think. The whole process is straightforward and will only take a moment of your time.

If you face any issues, just refer to this tutorial on how to set up Outlook.

The Author


Ananda Ganesha M. / @ganesha

Ananda Ganesha Maaruf is a digital content writer who loves WordPress and hosting. For years he worked on WordPress projects and then combined that experience with his writing talent to educate Hostinger's users. Aside from writing, he often finds himself searching every nook and cranny for the best all-you-can-eat buffet deals.

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