How to configure IMAP SSL email account

Updated on Mar 13, 2019

In this tutorial we are going to show you how to configure your Outlook 2010 email client with your existing mail account using the IMAP incoming mail protocol and also how to enable SSL encryption for that protocol.

This tutorial assumes that you have already downloaded and started your Outlook 2010 email client,

The tutorial begins by adding a new email account in Outlook 2010. In order to do that you will need to access the File menu → Add Account.

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You will be presented with the "Auto Account Setup" window where you should proceed with the options in the Email Account section.

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The available fields here are Your name, E-mail address, Password and Retype Password which you will be able to easily fill.

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Next you will need to proceed with the mail server settings. This can be easily achieved by clicking on the Manually configure server settings or additional server types option and then by pressing the Next button.

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You will then be presented with the Choose Server window where you should choose the first option - Internet E-mail and then again click the Next button.

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You will be prompted with the Internet E-mail Settings window and there you will need to configure the presented sections of options.

The first section called User Information is relatively simple as you will need to fill only Your Name and your E-mail Address.

The second section called Server Information is the one which will require some additional configuration. This section contains the following fields:

  • Account type - Since we are configuring the mail client for the POP3 protocol you will need to simply choose it from this drop down list.
  • Incoming mail server - Here you should input the hostname of your mail server.

Hostname

It is relatively simple - the hostname is mail.yourdomain.com where the substitution yourdomain.com should be replaced with your actual domain name. If your domain is for example mybiz123.info the hostname you will need to use is mail.mybiz123.info.

  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP) - The value is the same as your Incoming mail server.

The last section is called Logon Information and there you will need to simply input the username and the password for your email account.

Note

The username should be your actual email address. Please make sure that it contains @yourdomain.com at the end so for example your domain is mybiz123.net the username can be john@mybiz123.net.

Once you are done with this section you will need to click on the More Settings button so you can proceed further with the configuration.

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The button will prompt you a small window with some additional settings. Please click on the Outgoing Server Tab and make sure that you will select the following options there:

  • My ongoing server (SMTP) requires authentication
  • Use settings as my incoming mail server

Next please click on the Advanced tab.

Internet-email-settings-advanced

There you will need to configure the ports for your incoming and outgoing server. The port for the Incoming Server (IMAP) with SSL encryption enabled is 993and the port for the Outgoing Server (SMTP) is 465. Additionally you will need to also tick the This server requires an encrypted connection (SSL) checkbox as you will be using that type of encryption.

Next you will need to select SSL from the Use the following type of encrypted connection dropdown.

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Once you are done with these please click on the Ok button located at the bottom of that window.

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Finally please click the Next button so the email account in your Outlook email client can be created.

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Congratulations! You have configured your email account with the IMAP protocol for incoming emails with SSL encryption enabled.

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