Add an Office 365 account to Outlook 2016 for Mac

Outlook 2016 for Mac integrates with a variety of different email clients, including Exchange, Office 365,, Hotmail, iCloud, Google, and Yahoo! This means that when you add all of your email accounts to Outlook, you can compose new messages and read and respond to email messages from one application—no need to open multiple email apps or web pages.

This article tells you how to add Exchange and Office 365 accounts to Outlook 2016 for Mac. If you want to know how to add other types of accounts, such as or Gmail, see Add an email account to Outlook 2016 for Mac.

Add your first account

  1. In Outlook, select Tools > Accounts.

  2. In the Accounts box, select Exchange or Office 365. (If you don't see this screen, it's possible you already have one or more accounts in Outlook 2016 for Mac. Just click the + at the bottom of the screen to add another account.)

  3. Enter your email address.
  4. Choose your authentication method. If you have difficulty adding your account, check with your account administrator to see which authentication method you should use.

  5. Enter your user name and password for Exchange, and click Add Account. Outlook will detect your Exchange server automatically.
    Note: If you'd rather enter your Exchange server name manually, clear the Configure automatically check box, enter the server name, and click Add Account.

  6. You might see a redirection message. If so, check Always use my response for this server > Allow.

  7. For Office 365 accounts, modern authentication is now supported. This enables additional layers of security such as multi-factor authentication. You’ll be asked to sign in to your Office 365 account via your organization’s sign-in page. You'll only be prompted for the sign-in once.
  8. When the you've finished adding the account, it appears in the left pane of the Accounts box and Outlook begins downloading your messages and other items. A green indicator next to the account name means the account is connected.


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