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This article teaches you how to download Microsoft Outlook on a Windows or Mac computer, as well as your Android, iPhone, or iPad. While any account can use the Outlook web version and mobile apps for free, you’ll need to subscribe to a Microsoft 365 account to be able to download the app on your computer.
Before you begin, make sure your PC or Mac meets the system requirements. If you’re reinstalling Office, you’ve already redeemed a product key, or you’re installing Office at work or school and know you have a license, then go to the section sign in and install Office on your PC or Mac.
If this is the first time you’re installing Office, you may have to complete a set of pre-installation steps first or you may need to follow different steps than what’s contained below. What you do depends if your copy of Office is an Office for home or an Office for business product and whether or not you have a product key you have to redeem, an existing account associated with Office, or a pre-assigned license.
Subscribing to Microsoft 365 and Downloading on a Computer
- Go to the Microsoft 365 subscription page. You need to purchase a subscription to 365 if you want a downloadable version of Outlook.
- If you don’t want to pay, you can use the web version of Outlook for free.
- Sign in (if prompted). Use your Microsoft information to log in.
- Click Continue or Upgrade under the subscription you want. You can sign up for Microsoft 365 Personal for $6.99/mo, which gives 1 account access, or you can sign up for Microsoft 365 Family for $9.99/mo, which gives up to 6 accounts access
- Click Change if you want to change your payment method. If you want to receive promotional emails from Microsoft, make sure the box is checked. If it’s unchecked, you won’t get those emails.
- Click Subscribe. The payment method you selected in the previous steps will automatically be charged the subscription fee and you’ll be redirected to your Microsoft account.
- Click the Installs tab. You’ll see this in the horizontal menu in the middle of your web browser next to Overview and Manage.
- Click Install Office. You’ll need to download the entire Office package to install Outlook.
- Your file manager will open and you can choose where to save the installer file. After it finishes downloading, double-click the installer, and follow the on-screen instructions to download Office. This may take a while depending on your internet connection.
- You can enter your mobile number if you want to get a text to download the mobile apps for Office.
- Check your Applications folder (Mac) or your Start menu (Windows) for Outlook. After the download is complete, you’ll see Outlook in either of these places.
Downloading the Mobile App
- Open the Google Play Store (Android) or App Store (iPhones or iPads). You’ll find the icon for either of these stores in your app drawer, on one of your Home screens, or by searching.
- Outlook is available for free for mobile downloads; you do not need a subscription to download the app.
- Search “Outlook.“ The search bar is located at the top of your screen in the Google Play Store or in a tab at the bottom of your screen if you’re using the App Store.
- Tap the search result that lists “Microsoft Corporation“ as the developer. You’ll see this next to a blue icon of a piece of paper half-out of an envelope next to the letter “o.”
- Tap Install (Google Play Store) or Get (App Store). Since the app is free, you can download it without a Microsoft 365 subscription
*If you don’t have a product key or an account
Some versions of Office such as Office Professional Plus 2019, Office Standard 2019, or a stand-alone app such as Word 2019 or Project 2019 don’t have an associated Microsoft account, or work or school account.
The steps to install these versions can be different depending if you got Office through one of the following ways:
You bought Office for personal use through your company benefit program and have a product key, see Install Office through HUP.
Volume license versions:
IT departments might use a different method when installing Office for people in their organization. Talk to your IT department for install help.