What Are The Settings For Outgoing And Incoming BT Email Servers?



Email Clients like Microsoft Outlook, Windows Mail, Thunderbird etc. offers a wonderful tool to easily access and manage your BT Email Account. These feature-dense, innovative tools make it extremely simple to keep multiple Email Accounts organized. However, before you could use them, you must configure your BT Email Account on them. For this, you will need BT Email servers Outgoing and Incoming Settings. These details are essential for the configuration. 

Outgoing Servers Or SMTP For BT Email

SMTP or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is the standard communication protocol that facilitates emails to be sent. It uses a “store and forward” process to move emails across networks and servers. In short, it is the technology that Email Clients employ to send out email messages. 

Whenever you send an email through any Email Client, it is transferred across Servers and Networks over the Internet using SMTP.  It is generally used to send emails from an email client to a mail server. Therefore, the Email Client requires the IP address of its initial SMTP Server. That is why this information is included in its configuration as a DNS Name. Email Client uses this Server to deliver outgoing messages for the user.  

SMTP Server serves multiple purposes to ensure emails are sent out properly.

  • Identifies Origin of Emails.
  • Blocks Annonymous Emails to Check Spams.
  • Push Emails Through Servers to Facilitate their delivery.
  • Breaks down your message into strings of text categorized by code words/ numbers which can be understood by different Mail Servers.
  • Verifies Configuration of the Computer used to send an email and permits the process.
  • In case of a failed delivery, returns back the email to the sender.
SMTP Settings

  • Outgoing Mail Server: mail.btinternet.com
  • Port Number: 465 
  • SSL Encryption: Enabled (but not STARTTLS)
  • Authentication: PLAIN
  • Username: Your registered Email Address for BT Email. For example, 123@btinternet
  • Password: Corresponding Password for your BT Email Account.
Incoming BT Email Servers

Similar to the Outgoing Servers, Email Clients require communication protocols that assist in receiving emails. It is the technology that enables the Client to download emails to your computer from the Mail Server.  

IMAP and POP are the two alternatives available for this purpose. This choice primarily depends upon the number of devices and channels used to access your BT Email. 

Therefore, if you access your BT Email over multiple devices and Email Clients along with the Webmail. Then, IMAP is your best choice.

On the other hand, POP works best in case if you access your BT Email through one or two devices but receive a large number of Emails. It also serves well in case of poor internet connectivity. 

IMAP Settings

IMAP or Internet Message Access Protocol is the standard internet protocol that allows you to access your Emails which are stored on a Mail Server. In short, it allows you access your emails from multiple locations without downloading or transferring them to each Email Client or System. This is possible as it stores Emails at a single location i.e. the Mail Server instead of your Application or Device. It always syncs with the BT Email Server so that changes made on one System/ Software appears on other Software and Webmail. 

  • Incoming Mail Server: mail.btinternet.com
  • Port Number: 993 
  • SSL Encryption: Enabled (but not STARTTLS)
  • Username: Your registered Email Address for BT Email. For example, 123@btinternet
  • Password: Corresponding Password for your BT Email Account.
  • Secure Password Authentication (SPA): Do not enable it as it doesn’t work with SSL Encryption
POP3 Settings

POP3 or Post Office Protocol is the other alternative that facilitates in receiving your BT mail. Here, your Email Client downloads the Emails on your computer from the Mail Server. In this way, it stores all your messages at a local destination i.e. your PC, Laptop, Mobile etc. instead of the Mail Server. This is because it deletes Emails from the Mail Server after downloading it to your system. As a result, you are not able to access previously downloaded Emails from a different location or Webmail. 

Incoming Mail Server: mail.btinternet.com
Port Number: 995 
SSL Encryption: Enabled (but not STARTTLS)
Username: Your registered Email Address for BT Email. For example, 123@btinternet
Password: Corresponding Password for your BT Email Account.
POP From Folder: By default, it will draw emails from Inbox


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