How To Setup Windows Live Mail Using IMAP

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Windows Live Mail is a popular email client coming from the tech giant Microsoft. It was formerly called as Windows Mail in the Windows Vista operating system. Setting up Windows Live Mail using IMAP is easy. All you need to do is to follow the below given set of instructions provided by the Windows Live support team.


  1. The wizard called Add an E-mail Account will be started automatically if you are using Windows Live Mail for the first time. However, you need to click the link called Add e-mail account if you already have an email account.
  2. Now you need to type the information that is given below
  • Email address- Here you need to type your complete email address.
  • Password- Here, enter the password for the corresponding email account.
  • Display Name- This is the name that will be seen by the users whom you are sending the mail. Therefore, it is better to enter both your first and last name.
  • My incoming server- choose IMAP
  • Incoming Mail server- type the secure server name, i.e.
  • Check mark the box that is labeled This server requires a secure connection (SSL) .
  • Port Number- enter the port number as 993
  • Login ID- here you need to type the full email address
  • Outgoing server- type the name of the secure server i.e.
  • Port number- enter 465 as the port number.
  • Do not forget to check mark the box that says This server requires a secure connection (SSL).
  1. Next, you need to click the button labeled Next.
  2. Again, you need to enter the information that is given below,
  1. Similarly, select the check box that says My outgoing server requires authentication followed by clicking the button called Next.
  2. Finally, click the button labeled Finish.

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You may need to verify that you are using the correct authentication settings, if the Windows Live Mail application does not connect after following the above said procedure.

  1. Select your email account from the Windows Live Mail.
  2. Click the option called Properties from the tab called Accounts.
  3. Make sure that you select the check box labeled Log on using clear text authentication from the Servers tab seen on the Properties page of your account.

The above said tips given by the Windows Live support team will help you to set up Windows Live Mail using IMAP. For more help, contact the Microsoft support number.