How to Access My MSN Account

by Dustin Thornton ; Updated September 28, 2017

MSN accounts created earlier than version 5.3 use Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3) email access, which means emails are retrieved from a remote server and stored on a local computer through an interface email program such as Microsoft Outlook. Newer MSN accounts use HTTP email, or web-based email, that allows you to log in and retrieve email from any computer with Internet access. While you can also use an email program to access HTTP email, setting up access to your MSN email account is slightly different.

Using HTTP Account

Open Microsoft Outlook and click on "Tools." Select "E-mail Accounts" and choose "Add a new email account." Click on "Next." Select "HTTP" from the list and click on "Next."

Input your name in the "Your Name" field. Note that the name you input is what recipients will see, so choose the name that you want displayed with your email. Input your MSN email address in the "E-mail Address" field. Ensure that you include the full email address, for example, "Myemail@MSN.com."

Input your username in the "User Name" field. Do not add the "@MSN.com" extension to your username. Input your account password and place a check next to "Remember password" if you choose. Click on "Next," then "Finish."

Using POP3 Account

Open Microsoft Outlook and click on "Tools." Select "E-mail Accounts" and choose "Add a new email account." Click on "Next." Select "POP3" from the list and click on "Next."

Input your name in the "Your Name" field. Note that the name you input is what recipients will see, so choose the name that you want displayed with your email. Input your MSN email address in the "E-mail Address" field. Ensure that you include the full email address, for example, "Myemail@MSN.com."

Input "pop3.email.msn.com" into the "Incoming mail server (POP3)" field. Input "smtp.email.msn.com" into the "Outgoing mail server (SMTP)" field.

Input your username in the "User Name" field. Do not add the "@MSN.com" extension to your username. Input your account password and place a check next to "Remember password" if you choose.

Place a check next to "Log on using Secure Password Authentication (SPA)" and click on "More Settings." Select the tab that reads "Outgoing Server" and place a checkmark next to "My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication." Choose "Use same settings as my incoming mail server" and click on "OK."

Ensure that the connection to your mail server is working properly by clicking on the "Test Account Settings" button. Correct any incorrect information, if prompted. Click on "Next," then "Finish."

About the Author

Dustin Thornton has been writing since 2003. He has served as a newspaper columnist for the "Troy Tropolitan" and a contributor to various websites. Thornton received a partial scholarship for an outstanding essay in 2003. He has a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Troy University.

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