How to Add Outlook Email to Mac

If you’ve been using email since the 1990s, you probably still have a Hotmail account. After launching in the late ‘90s, Microsoft bought it and eventually rebranded it to Outlook email. Unfortunately, the Outlook email interface is full of ads, so it makes it harder to focus on your email. Microsoft offers an ad-free option, but many people just want a simple email service without needing to pay for anything. Here’s how to add Outlook email to Mac.


Spike offers free personal email on its email app without ads, so it’s the perfect way to use Outlook email on the Mac. The first step you need to take is to download Spike from the Mac App Store. Once you have it installed, launch the app by browsing to your Applications folder, or you can search for Spike in Spotlight (CMD + Space).


  1. When you first launch the Spike app, you’ll see a sign-in screen.

  2. Enter your Outlook email address in the Add Account window. Spike will then ask for your password. If you get an error that your password doesn’t work, you will need to generate an app-specific password for Spike.

  3. Over at our Help Center, we have a simple guide for creating an app-specific password for Outlook. Enter your Microsoft account’s Security screen and head to Advanced Security Options:


  4. Scroll down until you see App Passwords. Then select Create a new app password. Your new App Password will appear on screen.


  5. Once you have that new password, head back to Spike to add your Outlook email using the app-specific password. Once you have it added, you’ll enjoy an ad-free Outlook email experience on your Mac.