How to change an account from POP3 to IMAP in Windows Live Mail

Windows Live Mail e-mail settings were recently updated to introduce better security and added protection. For example, port 25 was used for sending e-mails. However, SSL/TLs ports were later introduced for encryption, and this was pushed as a permanent way of sending messages to avoid spam. Similarly, the previous POP3 port was used for receiving e-mails. Then came IMAP port, and now a variation of IMAP ports (143,993) are used.

You can easily change Windows Live Mail e-mail settings. It is not permanent, and you will have to update your ways of doing things as technology changes. To change the current Windows Live Mail e-mail settings, make sure you correctly follow the steps mentioned below:

To change your SMTP settings in Windows Mail.

  1. Right click on your account from the left pane.
  2. Click Properties to open the properties dialog box.
  3. Navigate to the Advanced tab. You will see the options to change ports.
  4. Change the SMTP, IMAP, or POP ports in this section. You can also specify the SSL Settings.
  5. Navigate to the Servers tab.
  6. Specify if your Outgoing server needs authentication. Mostly, this authentication is required in 99% of the cases. If unchecked, the e-mail will stop working with an error.
  7. Change your IMAP and SMTP server addresses from the same tab. Since the same password is used in outgoing and incoming services, you can update your incoming password for both.


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