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These steps are the same whether you're adding your first email account or additional email accounts to Outlook.

  1. Select File > Add Account.
    Select File, then Add Account.

  2. Enter your email address and click Connect.
    Enter your email address and click Connect.

  3. Enter your name, email address, and password, and click Next.

  4. If prompted, enter your password again, then select OK > Finish to start using your email account in Outlook.

Outlook won't accept my password

If Outlook won’t accept your password and you know you’re using the password for your email account, you might have an email account that requires additional security.

Gmail, Yahoo, iCloud,, and AOL accounts all use two-factor authentication to help verify that you’re the person trying to access your email account.

To add your email account to Outlook, you’ll need an app password, also known as an application password. This is a different password than your regular email account password. One way you'll know you need an app password is if you see the following message: 2-factor authentication is set up for your account. Please sign in using your application password.

To obtain an app password for your iCloud email account, use the following steps: 

  1. Go to the Apple ID website from your browser and enter your Apple ID and password.
    Log in with your iCloud username and password

  2. If you've already turned on two-factor authentication, you'll receive a code on one of your devices. Enter this code to continue. Otherwise, turn on two-factor authentication.
    Enter your two-factor authentication code

  3. In the Security section, under APP-SPECIFIC PASSWORDS, select Generate Password...

  4. Enter a name for your password, such as Outlook, and select Create.Enter a name for your app password

  5. Apple will display an app password for you. Copy this password (without the spaces) and enter this password when Outlook prompts you for a password.
    Copy your app password

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