Amazon Simple Email Service
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Configuring Email Clients to Send Through Amazon SES

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

The following procedures show how to configure Microsoft Outlook 2016 to send email using the Amazon SES SMTP interface. If you are using a different email client, the specific procedures are different, but the settings are the same.

After completing these procedures, you will only be able to send email from Amazon SES using your email client. You will not be able to receive email sent to the email addresses you use with Amazon SES.

To configure Microsoft Outlook 2016 to send email using Amazon SES

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

  2. Choose Add Account.

  3. On the Add Account window, 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 full name.

    2. Email Address – The email address from which you will send emails. This address must be verified in Amazon SES, and it must exactly match the address specified in Amazon SES.

    3. Account Type –Choose POP3.

    4. Incoming mail server – Type none. (Even though you are setting up Amazon SES for outgoing email only, this field is required.)

    5. Outgoing mail server (SMTP) –Type the SMTP endpoint for the outgoing mail server. For a list of Amazon SES SMTP endpoints, see Connecting to the Amazon SES SMTP Endpoint. For example, if you use the Amazon SES endpoint in the US West (Oregon) Region, the outgoing mail server is

    6. User Name – Type none. You will configure your credentials later in this procedure.

                            Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration
  6. Choose More Settings.

  7. On the Internet E-mail Settings window, choose the Outgoing Server tab, and then complete the following fields:

    1. My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication – [Selected]

    2. Log on using – [Selected]

    3. User Name – Your Amazon SES SMTP user name.


      Your SMTP password is not the same as your AWS access key ID. For more information, see Obtaining Your Amazon SES SMTP Credentials.

    4. Password – Your Amazon SES SMTP password.


      Your SMTP password is not the same as your AWS secret access key. For more information, see Obtaining Your Amazon SES SMTP Credentials.

    5. Remember Password – [Selected]

                            Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration
  8. Choose the Advanced tab, and then complete the following fields:

    1. Outgoing server (SMTP) – Type 587.

    2. Use the following type of encrypted connection – Choose TLS.

                            Microsoft Outlook 2013 configuration
  9. Choose OK.

  10. On the Add Account page, choose Test Account Settings. On the Internet E-mail - none window, choose Cancel.

  11. Choose the Tasks tab and confirm that the Send test e-mail message test completed successfully.


    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 message test should pass.

  12. If the test completes successfully, clear the box next to Automatically test account settings when Next is clicked, and then choose Next.

  13. Choose Next, and then choose Finish.

  14. You set up Amazon SES for email sending only. To ensure that the account is not set up to receive messages using Amazon SES, 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 choose Define Send/Receive Groups.

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

    4. In the Accounts section on the left, 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.