Office 365, Email, Exchange, IMAP Email Access to Exchange

This page contains information about how to connect to the Technology Services Exchange email service using the IMAP protocol, which is used by some mobile devices and email clients.

Limitations of IMAP

We recommend that people use the official Outlook mail clients to access their mailbox, but people have the option to use alternative mail clients. The configuration information given below should be helpful for using the IMAP protocol to connect to your Exchange Online mailbox. As of August 2022, it will be mandatory that any mail clients using the IMAP protocol are configured to use Modern Authentication. At this time, any mail clients using the IMAP protocol that only support basic authentication will stop working. 

Note: that IMAP only provides an email connection. You won't receive calendar information through IMAP.

IMAP account settings

Due to the number of different IMAP email clients, it's not possible to provide a menu-by-menu and screen-by-screen set of instructions for configurations. However, once you locate your email client's configuration section, these are the settings you will use.

IMAP Configuration

  • Username:
  • Password: Active Directory password
  • Email address:
  • Incoming mail server:
  • Incoming mail server: requires authentication/normal password
  • Incoming mail server security: port 143 and TLS (Thunderbird uses STARTTLS, other unsupported clients use SSL and 993)
  • Outgoing mail server:
  • Outgoing mail server: requires authentication/normal password
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP) port: 587
  • Outgoing mail server security: TLS (Thunderbird uses STARTTLS, other unsupported clients use SSL)

KeywordsIMAP, Email, Exchange, office 365, exchange online   Doc ID47615
OwnerOffice 3.GroupUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
Created2015-02-25 16:25:25Updated2022-02-02 10:55:14
SitesUniversity of Illinois Technology Services
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