MacHow2 uses affiliate links. Please check our Advertising Disclosure for more info.

The latest preview version of Outlook for Mac finally supports IMAP and iCloud accounts so here we show you how to setup an IMAP account with Outlook For Mac.

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

Now you can finally use IMAP accounts with Outlook for Mac by following these instructions.

  • Select Outlook > 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 go into the account settings to check that everything is setup correctly.

outlook for mac imap setup

About The Author


MacHow2 is devoted to helping you get the most of of your Mac. We're passionate about all things Mac whether it's helping users with software recommendations or solving technical problems. If you've got any comments about this article, get involved by leaving a comment below. You can also contact us directly using the contact form at the top of the site. Please note that in the interests of transparency, MacHow2 may sometimes receive compensation from link clicks or vendors.

2 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.


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Subscribe to MacHow2!

Sign up to get reviews, tutorials and special offers on Mac software!


By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.