How to Change Your Outlook Password

If you’re like most computer users, you probably created your email account years ago and haven’t updated your login info since. Most email services like Outlook don’t require you to update it, so unless there’s a security concern, most people don’t bother to make changes. 

It’s important to know that changing your Outlook password on a semiregular basis can protect your information more effectively. Even if you don’t want to change your info frequently, knowing how to do it is essential. Here are the steps you need to follow.

Change your password

Changing your password in the Outlook desktop client doesn’t change your email provider password. If you’re using an Apple, Yahoo, or Gmail email in Outlook, follow our guides on how to change your password with those services, then skip to the section directly below to learn how to alter your credentials in the Outlook app itself. Other email providers will require you to visit their respective websites to change your credentials there.

If you’re using an Outlook email address, follow the steps below.

Step 1: Log in to the Microsoft security page

Visit Microsoft’s dedicated security page and sign in. Select Password Security from the dashboard, and follow the on-screen security instructions.

Step 2: Choose a new password

The next page will ask you to confirm your current password again, as well as input your new password. Choose something unique, secure, and long — mixing numbers, special characters, and both lowercase and uppercase letters — and input it twice as requested. Then hit the blue Save button.

And that’s it! You’ve changed your password. If you’re using the Outlook email client, read the next section to learn how to alter your password there.

Change your Outlook client password

If you’ve changed your password with your email provider and you want to make sure that your Outlook email client knows it, follow these steps below to change it.

Note: If you are using an email account other than Outlook, you will need your app password. You can get help finding or generating those at the respective pages for Yahoo, Gmail, and Apple.

Step 1: Open Outlook’s account settings

Launch the Outlook application. When it’s loaded, select File in the top menu, followed by Account Settings, and then Account Settings again in the drop-down menu.

Step 2: Change your password

If you have an Office 365 subscription that gives you semiannual updates or a stand-alone version of the Outlook client, then select the email address you want to change, click Change, and then type in your new password in the respective fields. Then click Finish.

According to Microsoft, if you have a monthly update subscription for Office 365, you should instead choose File > Account Settings > Update Password. Then change your password and click OK.

Step 3: Make sure it works

Possibly the most important step to changing your password is making sure it works in the end. You can check this by closing out your menus and reopening Outlook. Click the Send/Receive button to make sure all of your emails arrive. If they do, then you’ve completed the process successfully. If you can’t get your emails, then you might want to make sure you entered your new password correctly. 

If you’re using a Gmail, Yahoo, or Apple email, you may need to use that service’s app password instead of your login password. To learn more about that, click these links for Yahoo, Gmail, and Apple.

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