How to Change an Outlook Email Account From IMAP to POP3

by Lynn Burbeck
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When configuring your email account on a client such as Microsoft Outlook, you have the option of obtaining data from the server using either an IMAP or POP3 port. You can switch between the two settings at any time once the account is active. To change the server port from IMAP to POP3 on an existing account, you simply need to adjust the settings within Outlook. You'll also need to consult your email provider to ensure it supports POP3 email.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Outlook on your computer.

Step 2

Click on the "Tools" menu in the upper menu bar. Select "Account Settings" from the drop-down menu.

Step 3

Click on the "Email" tab in the Account Settings display window. If you have more than one email account configured within Outlook, highlight the email address you want to modify and select "Change."

Step 4

Under "Server Information" change the Account Type from IMAP to POP3. All other information on this page should remain the same.

Step 5

Select "More Settings" to change the server port, if necessary. This will open up the "Internet Email Settings" window. Click on the "Advanced" tab and change the Incoming and Outgoing server port numbers as directed by your email provider.

Click "Save" to save your changes. Your email account has now been changed from IMAP to POP3 within Outlook.


  • Consult your email provider for information on enabling POP3 for your account. If POP3 is available, you will likely need to make some modifications within your email account itself. Instructions will be available in the Help section of your online account.
  • These instructions apply to Microsoft Outlook 2007. If you are using a different version of the software, consult the Help section of your program for more information.


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About the Author

Lynn Burbeck is a professional writer with over five years of experience writing for the Web. She has published numerous articles for print and online media including "Grit" Magazine. Burbeck holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.

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