Add and set up your Comcast email on Outlook Express

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Comcast is one of the most popular ISPs in the United States. The company provides free email accounts with their internet access plans. In this post, we’ll look at how to configure and set up a Comcast email in the Outlook Express email program.

Set up Comcast in Outlook Express – configure and add email account

We shall be using the POP email protocol to set up the Comcast email account in Outlook Express. This will download and store messages on the local computer which means the Comcast email will be available even when there is no active internet connection. FYI, POP (or POP3) works in conjunction with SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) that is responsible for sending out email.

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  1. Launch the Outlook Express email client.
  2. Click on “Tools” from the top menu and choose “Accounts” [Slide 1].
  3. The Internet Accounts pop-up is displayed. Click the “Add” button and choose “Mail” [Slide 2].
  4. Enter a “Display” name in the blank field [Slide 3]. This is what recipients see in the ‘From’ field at their accounts. Ideally, the display name should be your real name or the name of your organization.
  5. Enter your full email address in the next screen –; replace username with your actual email ID [Slide 4].
  6. Making sure that “POP3” is selected as the incoming server, type in the Comcast incoming and outgoing mail server information [Slide 5].
    Comcast incoming mail server:
    Comcast outgoing mail server:
  7. Now enter your Comcast account name (the part before the ‘@’ sign in the email address) and the password; “Remember password” option should be ticked unless you want to provide the login information each time Outlook Express connects to the Comcast mail server [Slide 6].
  8. Click “Finish” in the following window to complete the set up of Comcast email in Outlook Express [Slide 7]. This will bring you back to the Internet Accounts pop-up window (don’t close it yet!) and you’ll find the newly added account listed.
  9. Though your Comcast email account has been added in Outlook Express, a few settings need to be changed in order to send and receive messages without errors especially when you are working on another network.
  10. Double-click on the Comcast account or select it and hit the “Properties” button [Slide 8].
  11. Move to the “Servers” tab and check “My server requires authentication” [Slide 9]. Click the “Settings” button and select “Use same settings as my incoming mail server” [Slide 10].
  12. Go to the “Advanced” tab and put a tick mark in front of “This server requires a secure connection (SSL)” under BOTH outgoing and incoming mail sections (refer screenshot). Finally, put 587 as the “Outgoing Mail (SMTP)” port [Slide 11].
  13. Click “Apply” -> “OK” and close all the pop-up windows.
  14. Send a test email to an alternate email account or a friend’s address to see if everything is working – it should!

That’s it! You have successfully configured and set up your Comcast email account in the Outlook Express program.

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