Use Outlook automatic account setup for your email

NOTE: If you’re using Outlook 2010 with Office 365 for business, you need to set up your desktop before you can set up Outlook to access your account. See Set up Office 2010 desktop programs to work with Office 365 for business.

In many cases, Outlook can set up your account for you with only an email address and a password. When you launch Outlook for the very first time, the Auto Account Wizard launches.

To automatically set up an account

  1. Open Outlook, and when the Auto Account Wizard opens, choose Next.

    NOTE: If the wizard didn't open or if you want to add an additional email account, on the toolbar choose the File tab.

    Screenshot of left section of Outlook ribbon with File selected

  2. On the E-mail Accounts page, choose Next > Add Account.

    Add Account command in the Backstage view

  3. On the Auto Account Setup page, enter your name, email address, and password, and then choose Next.

    NOTE: If you receive an error message after choosing Next, double check your email address and password. If both are correct, chooseManual setup or additional server types. For instructions on this option, see the next section.

  4. Choose Finish.

Automatic setup didn't work

If setup didn't complete, Outlook may ask you to try again using an unencrypted connection to the mail server. If that doesn't work, you can choose Manual setup or additional server types.

To manually set up an account

  1. Choose Manual setup or additional server types > Next.

    Use manual setup in Outlook 2013

  2. Select the type of account you need, and choose Next.
  3. Fill-in the following information:
    • Your NameEmail AddressAccount TypeIncoming mail serverOutgoing mail serverUser Name, and Password.
  4. Choose Test Account Settings to verify the information you entered.
  5. Choose Next > Finish.