To configure Outlook 2013 to connect to a POP/IMAP mailbox:

  1. Go to your Outlook mail settings from Start > Control Panel > Mail.
  2. If you cannot locate the Mail icon within your Windows Control Panel, try the following steps.
    • To the left of the Windows Control Panel, but in the same window, select Classic View.
    • If Mail still does not appear as an individual icon, look for it under Show 32-bit Control Panel Items.
  3. Click the Show Profiles button and click Add for a new profile.
  4. Specify your Profile Name and click OK.
  5. Ignore the Auto Account Setup Page, select the checkbox next to Manually configure server settings or additional server types and click Next.
  6. Select Internet E-mail and click Next.
  7. Enter the required information in the E-mail Accounts window, using the following guidelines:
    • User Information
      • Your Name: This should be your full name.
      • E-mail Address: This should be your Primary Email address.
    • Logon Information
      • User Name: This should be your Primary Email address.
      • Password: Password for your POP/IMAP mailbox.
    • Server Information Enter the server names in lower case in both Incoming email server and Outgoing email server. You can find this information on the HostPilot® Control Panel > Users > POP/IMAP Mailboxes page, click the View Instructions button at the top of the page to view Outlook configuration instructions.
      Note: We strongly recommend to use IMAP.
      Note: You cannot use the server name which can be found in HostPilot > Get Started Here! > Advanced settings > Incoming mail (POP/IMAP).
    • Deliver New Messages To
      • New Outlook Data File: If you choose this option, a new PST file will be created. You will see it in the folder tree.
      • Existing Outlook Data File: Choose this option if you want to place messages in the existing PST file.
  8. Click More Settings.
  9. Switch to Outgoing Server tab and check the box next toMy Outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.
  10. Switch to the Advanced tab.
    • For Incoming server (POP3 or IMAP): make sure port 993 (for IMAP) or 995 (for POP) is entered, select the checkbox next to This server requiers an encrypted connection (SSL)
    • For Outgoing server (SMTP): enter port 465 or 587, select TLS in drop-down menu.
    • For POP3 connection you may want to select an option to Leave a copy of messages on the server.
    • For Outlook 2013: enter Inbox in the Root Folder Path field.
  11. Click OK, click Next and Finish to complete setup.
  12. Start Outlook.

there is a known for IMAP accounts on Outlook 2013.


  • mail isn’t populating
  • Sent Items, Outbox, Junk Email folder etc. show up as the subfolders of the Inbox folder.

Until Microsoft releases an update to fix the issue, use the following workaround:

  1. In Outlook 2013, navigate to Home > Info > Account Settings > Account Settings:
    Change account settings
  2. Select the IMAP account and click Change (or double-click the IMAP account name)
  3. Navigate to More Settings > Advanced and enter INBOX in the Root folder path field
  4. Click OK > Next > Finish
    Root folder path

All default folder will show up as top-level ones and mail will start populating to the Inbox folder.