Unblock my Outlook.com account

Your Outlook.com account might be temporarily blocked because we noticed some unusual sign-in activity. We know that having your account blocked is frustrating, but we also want to protect you from fraud or abuse. Here's how to unblock your account.

Unblock or unlock your account

  1. To unblock your account, you'll need to reset your password.

    Unblock your account

  2. Enter the email address of the blocked account, then enter the characters you see on your screen and select Next.

  3. Enter the code generated by your authenticator app or select Use a different verification option to get a text message.

    Notes: 

    • You don't need a smartphone to receive a security code.

    • Text messages may come from either "MSFT", a short number, or a mobile number. If you have requested a security code, you can trust the message that arrives.

    • If you don't have an alternate phone number or email address or you can't get to it, select I didn’t get a code when you’re prompted for a code at sign-in or I don’t have access to these when you’re resetting your password and then follow the instructions.

  4. After you enter the security code, you'll need to change your password to complete the unblocking process.

Make sure you create a strong, unique password to help keep your account secure. Use capital letters, numbers, and symbols in your password, and try not to use the same password for different accounts. For more tips about how to make your password secure, see Help protect your Outlook.com email account.

If you can't unblock your account

If you still can't unblock your account by entering the security code or changing your password, go to When you can't sign in to your Microsoft account.

Note: This article will help you reset your password, guide you if your password reset doesn't work, and there's a link to contact support.

See also

My Outlook.com account has been hacked

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How to get Outlook.com support

Support resources

You can also get support from other Outlook.com users in our Community forum, or get help by selecting Contact Support below:

To get support in Outlook.com, click here or select  Outlook.com help icon on the menu bar and enter your query. If the self-help doesn't solve your problem, scroll down to Still need help? and select Yes.

To contact us in Outlook.com, you'll need to sign in. If you can't sign in, click here

For other help with your Microsoft account and subscriptions, visit Account & Billing Help.

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