Amazon Simple Email Service
Developer Guide (API Version 2010-12-01)

Configuring Email Clients to Send Through Amazon SES

After you obtain your SMTP user name and password, you can begin sending email through Amazon SES. You can use any email client application, provided that it supports SMTP and can connect to an SMTP endpoint using Transport Layer Security (TLS).

The following procedure shows how to configure one such client, Microsoft Outlook 2013, to send email through the Amazon SES SMTP interface. If you are using a different email client, follow the instructions provided by the client vendor, and use the settings described in the following procedure.

To configure Microsoft Outlook 2013 for sending via Amazon SES

  1. In Microsoft Outlook, choose File, and then choose Info.

  2. Choose Add Account.

  3. In the Add Account dialog box, choose Manual setup or additional server types, and then choose Next.

  4. Under Choose Service, choose POP or IMAP, and then choose Next.

  5. Under POP and IMAP Account Settings, fill in the following fields:

    1. Your Name—Your real name.

    2. Email Address—The email address from which you will send emails. You must verify this email address or domain. The email address is case-sensitive. Make sure that the address is exactly the same as the one you verified.

    3. Account Type—POP3

    4. Incoming mail server—Enter none. (Even though you are setting up Amazon SES for outgoing email only, Outlook requires that you fill in this field.)

    5. Outgoing mail server (SMTP)—For a list of Amazon SES SMTP endpoints, see Connecting to the Amazon SES SMTP Endpoint. For example, if you want to use the Amazon SES endpoint in the US West (Oregon) region, the outgoing mail server would be

    6. User Name—Enter none. (You will configure your credentials later in this procedure.)

    Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration
  6. Choose More Settings.

  7. In the Internet E-mail Settings dialog box, choose the Outgoing Server tab and fill in the following fields:

    1. My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication—Check this box.

    2. Log on using—Choose this option.

    3. User Name—Enter your SMTP user name credential, which is a string of letters and numbers you obtained using the procedure in Obtaining Your Amazon SES SMTP Credentials.


      Your SMTP user name is not the same as your AWS access key ID.

    4. Password—Enter your SMTP password, which is a string of letters and numbers you obtained using the procedure in Obtaining Your Amazon SES SMTP Credentials.


      Your SMTP password is not the same as your AWS secret access key.

    5. Remember Password—Check this box.

    Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration
  8. Choose the Advanced tab, and then fill in the following fields.


    This example shows a typical configuration. For alternative configurations, see Connecting to the Amazon SES SMTP Endpoint. The Outlook encrypted connection type labeled TLS corresponds to STARTTLS, and the Outlook encrypted connection type labeled SSL corresponds to TLS Wrapper.

    1. Outgoing server (SMTP)—587

    2. Use the following type of encrypted connection—TLS

    Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration
  9. Choose OK.

  10. On the Add Account page, choose Test Account Settings. This lets you test your setup by having Outlook send an email through Amazon SES.


    Because you are using Amazon SES as your outgoing email server only, the Log onto incoming mail server test is expected to fail. The Send test e-mail test should pass.

  11. If the test message that Outlook sends through Amazon SES arrives successfully, clear the Test Account Settings by clicking the Next button checkbox (because the test will fail without setting up incoming email) and then click Next.

  12. Choose Next, and then choose Finish.

  13. You set up Amazon SES for email sending only. To prevent Microsoft Outlook from attempting to receive messages through the account you just set up, you must disable mail retrieval for the account by using the following steps.

    1. In Microsoft Outlook, choose the Send/Receive tab.

    2. On the Send/Receive tab, choose Send/Receive Groups, and then click Define Send/Receive Groups.

    3. In the Send/Receive Groups dialog box, choose Edit.

    4. In the left panel of the Send/Receive Settings - All Accounts dialog box, choose the account you just created for sending mail through Amazon SES.

    5. Under Account Options, clear Receive mail items.

    6. Choose OK, and then choose Close.