Fix Outlook connection problems in Office 365 and Exchange Online

If you're using Outlook to access your Office 365 email account or another Exchange-based email account, and you're having problems, we want to get you back to sending and receiving email as quickly as possible.

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If you're looking for help with Outlook.com, check out Help for Outlook.com. > If you're looking for help with Outlook for Mac, check out Outlook 2016 for Mac Help.

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Fix software update and profile issues

Out-of-date software and corrupted Outlook profiles are two of the most common issues that can prevent you from sending and receiving email. If you're an admin with multiple users reporting problems, you also should check for service issues with Office 365.

Common Outlook fixes

Monitor Run Windows Update If your Outlook client software or Windows operating system software is out of date, you might have problems sending and receiving email. For Windows Update instructions, see Windows Update: FAQ
Shows symbols of screwdriver and wrench. Repair your Outlook profile An Outlook profile is a set of configuration information that includes your user name, password, and file storage location. To repair your Outlook profile, see Fix your Outlook email connection by repairing your profile.
Settings Check for service issues Admin only: If more than one person in your organization is experiencing email problems in Office 365, it could be due to a problem with the service. Go to the Office 365 service health dashboard page (admin sign in required), and check the status of the services under Exchange Online.