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By Cephas Kamuchira on February 1, 2021

How to set up email in Outlook 2016 or Microsoft 365

Your mailbox is also available online via Webmail.


This guide takes you step-by-step through the process of setting up a new email account in Outlook 2016 or Outlook for Microsoft 365.

If the Mail account is already set up, but giving errors – then refer to our troubleshooting guides for Outlook 2016 or Office 365.


Replace example.co.za with your domain name.

  1. Launch Outlook
  2. Select File on the top left menu bar
  3. Select the Add Account button in the middle of the screen, then Account Settingsoutlook2013-add-account1
  4. Insert your email address
  5. Select Advanced options, then select Let me set up my account manually > Connect
  6. This temporary screen will display 
  7. This screen will display the various account options – select POP or IMAP
  8. Server Settings: (Note that some versions of Outlook don’t allow you to adjust server settings at this stage. In these cases, complete the account setup and then check your server settings by going to File > Info > Account Settings dropdown > Server Settings).
  9. Incoming mail: add mail. before your domain name e.g. mail.example.co.za*
  10. Port 993 (or 995 for POP)
  11. Encryption method: SSL/TLS
  12. Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) is unticked
  13. Outgoing mail: add smtp. before your domain name e.g.smtp.example.co.za*
  14. Change Port to 465 (not 25)
  15. Encryption method: SSL/TLS
  16. Require logon using Secure Password Authentication (SPA) is unticked
  17. Click Connect
  18. You will now be prompted for the password
  19. Your setup is complete!
  20. Send a test mail and if there are any errors, refer to our Troubleshooting guides -- Outlook 2013Outlook 2016.

* Note: In isolated cases mail.domain (e.g. mail.example.com) and smtp.domain won’t work. In these cases you will need to use the server name instead e.g. www34.cpt1.host-h.net. Find my server name

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