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Microsoft Outlook for Mac is now free to use without a Microsoft 365 subscription so if you want to connect your Apple Mail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail or other inbox to it, here we show you how.

Now that Microsoft Office for Mac is free to use, many Mac users will want to use it as their main email client and connect other inboxes to it.

When the last big revamp of Outlook for Mac was publicly released in October 2020 it did not allow connecting to IMAP or iCloud accounts to retrieve mail.

It wasn’t until 2021 that Outlook for Mac finally supported IMAP and iCloud accounts.

IMAP is how email clients communicate with each other and so here we show how to setup an IMAP account with Outlook For Mac so that you can use it to send and receive mail from other email services.

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How To Connect Outlook For Mac To Apple Mail, Gmail & Other Mail Services

To connect Microsoft Outlook to other mail services, you will need the following:

  • An existing email address with Apple Mail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, iCloud etc
  • The username and password for the account

With this in mind, here’s how to connect Outlook to other mail services.

  • Open Microsoft Outlook for Mac and select Tools > Accounts.

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  • Click on the “+” button in the bottom left to add a new account.

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  • Click on New Account that appears.

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  • In the Choose Provider window, select the Mail service you want to connect to such as Apple Mail,, Gmail, Apple Mail. If your Mail provider is not listed, you can still connect it by clicking on IMAP as long as you have to server detail for the account (see setting up IMAP accounts with Outlook for Mac below).
  • Make sure that you deselect Sync with Microsoft Cloud by sliding the button left so it’s no longer active.

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  • A browser window will open for the email service you’ve selected requesting your username and password to authorize Outlook for Mac to connect to it.

If this doesn’t work, you can also enter the IMAP configuration details manually.

To setup another email service manually with Outlook for Mac using IMAP, go back to the Add Account window and click on IMAP and enter your account details.

Click on Show Advanced Settings.

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How To Add An IMAP Account Manually In Outlook For Mac

You can also add an IMAP account in Outlook for Mac by following these instructions.

  • In Outlook go to  Preferences > Account.
  • Click the plus (+) sign > New Account.
  • Type your email address > Continue.
  • Type your password > Add Account.
  • Depending on your IMAP email provider, you may then be redirected to its website to give Outlook permission to access your mail, contacts, and calendars. Click Allow to continue.
  • Select Done to start receiving and sending email from your IMAP account in Outlook for Mac.

If Outlook for Mac is not working with your IMAP account, then you can go into the account settings to check that everything is setup correctly.

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5 Responses

  1. Guy

    The older version of Outlook Mac (Office 365) supported storing email folders/subfolders “On My Computer” on the left side of the Outlook window. Does the new release provide this feature or are we still left out in the cold?

    • MacHow2

      At the moment the On My Computer feature is not available in the Preview version of Outlook For Mac but there is a petition to restore this on the Microsoft Support Site.

  2. Pyrate

    I need to set the root path folder but the new outlook for mac doesnt have “advanced settings” any more. Can you helpt? Where can I set the root path folder in the new outlook for mac?


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