Monday, April 7, 2014

Setup free emails with your own domain on Outlook.com

MS Outlook.com offers free email service, in which you can create emails (50 & can more) with your own domain. Further its email is unlimited storage. So what are you waiting for? :)

1. Register your own domain with domains.live.com

Go to domains.live.com, sign in then click Add domain button. Fill your domain to the box then click Continue button. See below image for quick reference:

2. Review and accept agreement

Microsoft will ask you review & accept the agreement. Let accept it.

3. Verify your domain and config MX record

After finishing step 2 above, it will display setting info for you to config your domain. You must verify the domain before using. There are some ways there. I recommend you use MX record way to verify and config your domain to send emails just in 1 step. Let pay attention on Mail setup (required) section as the following:
Go to DNS of the domain and add a MX record with value same as MX server which you see on Mail setup (required) the area. You can add your domain registrar for supporting to add this MX record.
When this is finished, it needs time (few minutes to 48 hours) to verify  your domain. After click Refresh in above picture, if you see Your service is Active like the following picture, that's time you can add emails for the domain:
Or after few hours, you can sign-in domains.live.com again, then select your domain with status Pending DNS configuration to hit Refresh button again, until it is active.

4. Create accounts (emails)

After your domain is active, you can create emails. Or you can add them by clicking Member accounts menu then click Add button. You also can Edit or Delete emails here.

5. Check and send emails via an apps

If you have time, you can read detail instruction here. In this article, I'll brief in major steps:

5.1 Enable POP

Go to Outlook.com, log-in to your email account, then click Options:

Then click Connect devices and apps with POP:
Click Enable option, select Don't let... to keep your emails on the server. Click Save button.

5.2 Config client email app

After enabling POP, now you can receive & send emails via an apps. Below is setting info:
  • Incoming (POP3) Server
    • Server address: pop-mail.outlook.com
    • Port: 995
    • Encrypted Connection: SSL
  • Outgoing (SMTP) Server
    • Server address: smtp-mail.outlook.com
    • Port: 25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)
    • Authentication: Yes
    • Encrypted Connection: TLS
  • User name: Your email address
  • Password: Your password
  • If you don’t want email to be deleted from your Outlook.com inbox after it’s downloaded to your email app, select the Leave a copy of messages on the server option.

That's all. Bye! See you in next geek!
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