Add a new account quickly

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.

  1. Select OutlookPreferencesAccount.

  2. Click the plus (+) sign > New Account.

  3. Type your email address > Continue.

    The first screen you see asks you to enter your email address

  4. Type your password > Add Account. (Your screen might look different from this one depending on the account you're adding.)

    Enter your password for your outlook.com account

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

    Sign in prompt for a google account

    Have you already added your Gmail account to Outlook then see, Improved authentication for existing Gmail users.

  7. Select Done to start using Outlook 2016 for Mac.

    Confirmation when an email account has been added successfully