How to find my SMTP address

Written by charlie higgins
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How to find my SMTP address
SMTP addresses enable e-mail communication. (Jason Reed/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, or SMTP, is the server that sends mail with e-mail programs. When you set up an e-mail account, you must define the SMTP address to ensure your e-mail gets to your recipients. You need to know the exact name of this address if you are configuring or troubleshooting an e-mail program. Knowing how to find out your SMTP address quickly and accurately saves you time and frustration.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Open the DOS prompt icon in Windows by selecting "Start," and in the provided search box type:

    Command Prompt

    From the list of programs, click "Command Prompt."

  2. 2

    Type one of the following commands:

    ping ping

  3. 3

    Locate the name of your SMTP address in the response, which displays immediately after the word "Pinging," and write it down for future reference.

  1. 1

    Open up Outlook Express and click “Tools," "Account Settings" and then the E-Mail tab.

  2. 2

    Double-click the email account for which you need the SMTP information.

  3. 3

    View the Server Information, which lists the "Outgoing mail server (SMTP)."

Tips and warnings

  • Many e-mail providers, such as Hotmail or AOL use their domain name as the SMTP address. For example, or

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