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How to Send from Outlook Using SMTP

Postmark can be used to send emails from Outlook using SMTP without affecting the ability to receive emails at the email address using its existing IMAP configuration. In this help article, we show you how to configure your Outlook desktop client so that outbound emails from your Outlook account are sent via Postmark. This help article uses Outlook for Mac 2016 for screenshots. The exact views may differ for other versions of Outlook.

Access Account Settings

In the Tools tab, select Accounts.

This will bring up your Outlook account(s). Select the account you will configure to use Postmark for sending.

Configure Outbound Settings

For Outgoing server enter in Set the port to 587 or 2525 and check Override default port and Use SSL to connect if they are not checked already.

Configure outbound settings in Outlook

Click More Options… Grab your Postmark Server API Token from the Stream Settings page for your Server in Postmark. Change the Authentication field to ‘User Name and Password’ and paste your Server API Token in the User name and Password fields. Then click OK to save.

If you need to send your messages through a specific Message Stream, you can authenticate using an SMTP token, rather than using your Server API token. Check out the SMTP section in our How to create and send through Message Streams guide for help with setting that up.

Send a Test Email

After you have configured your outbound settings, send a test email from the account you configured to use Postmark. The email will be sent through Postmark using SMTP and available to view in your Postmark Activity.

Note: Your first time sending an email after changing your outbound settings may prompt you to enter your password again. Enter in your Server API Token again for the password and check the option to save the password so that you do not have to enter it in every time you send.

If the test email does not make it through, check your Postmark Activity to see if there are any SMTP API Errors. In order to send from Outlook with Postmark, the email address you are sending from must be added to your Postmark account as a Sender Signature.

Last updated August 10th, 2021

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