How do I setup Windows Live Mail? | POP3 or IMAP

This article applies to 123-mail

This article explains how to set up Windows Live Mail with POP3 or IMAP.

Click on the tabs below for step-by-step instructions on how to set up your 123-mail account on Windows Live Mail.

You can set up Windows Mail using POP3 or IMAP. Both are protocols that email services use to receive email but deciding which one to use depends on how you wish to access your emails.

POP3 is the standard protocol for receiving email from a mail server and it allows you to download all of your emails to one location.

IMAP is best if you access your email from multiple locations, clients and devices as it doesn't require downloading of your email content. We recommend using IMAP settings on Windows Live because if anything were to happen to your computer or mobile device, you would still be able to access your emails.

To find out more about the POP3 and IMAP protocols, watch the following support video.


Select the Accounts tab, and then click the New Email in the New Account section in Window Live.


Fill out the email address, password and display name. Please note, the password is the one you have already set for your 123-mail account. Click the manually configure server settings option at the bottom of the window, and then click the next button.


In the configure server settings window, select POP. Your incoming server address is The logon username will be your 123-mail address.


The outgoing server information is Then click the Next button.


Your account will now be added to Windows Live Mail.

Please note: If you are using 123-reg's SMTP server to send outgoing email, SMTP authentication must be turned on. If you are asked for a username and password, please use your 123-mailbox username and password.


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