Adding Email Accounts to Outlook on Windows and Mac
Difficulty Level: Member • Nerd • Platypus
Estimated Time: 5 Minutes
Expected Outcome: Have all of your Emails added in Outlook
Tools Required: Office 365/2016 License
These steps are the same whether you're adding your first email account or additional email accounts to Outlook.
Select File > Add Account.
What you see next depends on your version of Outlook.
For Outlook for Microsoft 365 and Outlook 2016
For Outlook 2013 and Outlook 2010
Enter your email address and click Connect.
Enter your name, email address, and password, and click Next.
If prompted, enter your password again, then select OK > Finish to start using your email account in Outlook.
Outlook won't accept my password
If Outlook won’t accept your password and you know you’re using the password for your email account, you might have an email account that requires additional security.
Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud, Outlook.com, and AOL accounts all use two-factor authentication to help verify that you’re the person trying to access your email account.
To add your email account to Outlook, depending on your provider you might need an app password, also known as an application password. This is a different password than your regular email account password. One way you'll know you need an app password is if you see the following message: 2-factor authentication is set up for your account. Please sign in using your application password.
The steps to obtain an app password are different for each email provider. Select your provider in the drop-down on this webpage for instructions.
Add a new account quickly to MacOS
Most email accounts, including Microsoft 365, Exchange server accounts, Outlook.com, Hotmail.com, Live.com and Google accounts can be set up in a few quick steps.
Select Outlook > Preferences > Account.
Click the plus (+) sign > New Account.
Type your email address > Continue.
Type your password > Add Account. (Your screen might look different from this one depending on the account you're adding.)
If adding a Yahoo, or other IMAP or POP account, you might be taken to those sites and asked to allow Outlook to access your mail, contacts, and calendars. Click Allow to continue.
If you are adding Gmail, you will get a prompt within Outlook to sign-in to your Google account. This is for users who are on Build 16.15.18070902 and higher.
Have you already added your Gmail account to Outlook then see, Improved authentication for existing Gmail users.
Select Done to start using Outlook 2016 for Mac.