Use the Outlook mobile app to access email on mobile devices. 

 View instructions for accessing email using the Outlook mobile app
  1. If you do not already have the Outlook mobile app, go to the App Store, Play Store, or the relevant application marketplace for your device and search for and download Outlook.

  2. Open Outlook.

  3. Tap Get started.

  4. In the email address box, enter your Lancaster email address and tap Add Account.

    Image of add account screen

  5. When prompted, enter your university username and password.

  6. Tap Login.

  7. Tap Maybe Later to adding another account.


 You may wish to make your Outlook contacts to be accessible by your phone, for example for making phone calls.

 See instructions for making Outlook contacts accessible on your phone
  1. Open the Outlook App.

  2. Go to Email.

  3. Tap the More Info button on the top left of the screen.

  4. Tap the Settings button in the bottom left of the screen.

    Settings icon (the gear) is in the lower left hand corner of the screen

  5. Enter your account by tapping your email address.

    Tap on your email address, listed under Accounts

  6. Turn on Save Contacts and follow any instructions given. If prompted, allow Outlook access to your Contacts.

    Make sure that Save Contacts is turned on (i.e. the slider set to the right)







Use Outlook or the Outlook Web App to access email on your PC or Mac. You can access your email using any web browser at lancaster.ac.uk/office365. Or if you are staff, just open Outlook on your ISS-supported PC.

 View instructions for accessing email using Outlook on other Windows PCs or Macs

You need to be running the latest version of Microsoft Outlook, which is part of Office 365, to follow these instructions. 


 See instructions for installing the latest version of Microsoft Office on Windows or Mac

Microsoft Office is available without charge for Lancaster University students and staff.

If you are using an ISS Support Windows 10 machine, and already have Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 installed, please do not attempt to download Microsoft Office from Office 365.


  1. On the machine on which you want to install Microsoft Office, go to lancaster.ac.uk/office365.

  2. If prompted, log in using WebLogin.

  3. In the top right hand corner of the screen, click Install Office, then Office 365 apps.



  4. Depending on your browser, click to run/open the installer file – alternatively, you may need to double click on the installer file from the Downloads folder of your device. 

  5. If prompted, type in the administrator username and password – then wait a few minutes for Office to install. 

    Installing office screen


  6. After Office is installed, click Close and Close again to return to the main Office 365 screen. Office will now be available to access from the list of apps on the Windows start button. 

  7. When you open any office app for the first time, you will be prompted to activate the software. Enter your Lancaster University email address. 

  8. If prompted, enter your University login details.





  1. Click File (on the Mac version of Outlook, select Outlook then Preferences then Accounts).

  2. Click Add account (+).

    Image of Outlook of Account Information screen

  3. Ensure E-mail Account is selected.

  4. Fill in your name in the Your Name box.

  5. In the Email field, enter your Lancaster email address.

  6. Fill in your password both the Password and Retype Password boxes.

    Image of Auto Account window

  7. Click Next.

  8. If prompted, enter your university username and password.

  9. Click OK and restart Outlook to load and sync your account.






Looking for help with managing your mailbox, using shared mailboxes, automatic replies, rules, and more? Access the Organising Email and Calendars using Office 365 and Outlook online course or register for an email training session.



Frequently asked questions

 Can I access my email using a different app?

The following settings can be used to configure other apps and clients to access your University email.

You should attempt automatic configuration by entering the following details:

  • Email address: Your Lancaster email address

  • Username: yourusername@lancaster.ac.uk (e.g. bloggsj@lancaster.ac.uk)

  • Password: Your university account password


If automatic configuration of your app or client does not work, use an IMAP connection with the following settings:

  • Incoming server: outlook.office365.com
  • Incoming port: 993 using SSL
  • Outgoing server: smtp.office365.com
  • Outgoing port: 587 using STARTLS/TLS/SSL




 Can I change my email address?

If you have changed your name, then it is possible for a new email alias to be added to your mailbox. You cannot choose an email address that does not reflect your name.

Submit a request to change your email address.




 What is my email quota?

Existing users have 50GB of email quota. Over time this will be increased to a standard 100GB by Microsoft. This is a fixed limit and cannot be increased.




 Can I forward my university email?
In order to protect the personal information of all members of the University and those we deal with, you should not forward Lancaster University email to personal email accounts.

You can access your email directly on a range of devices using Outlook, Outlook Web App, the Outlook mobile app or other email clients. 




 Is data from my Office 365 account backed up?

The content of your Office 365 account is not backed up by Lancaster University and no mechanisms are available to ISS Support Staff to recover lost or deleted information. However, the Microsoft Office 365 Service does provide you with mechanisms to recover messages yourself for a given period after deletion.




 What are the sender and recipient message limits?

The limits that apply to Lancaster University are those listed against Office 365 Education or Exchange Online Plan 1.

The limits on messages, mailboxes, recipients and email clients fall into the following categories:

  • Message limits;

  • Recipient and sender limits;

  • Retention limits; and

  • Distribution group limits.

See the Microsoft Office 365 Storage and Recipient Limits webpage for information on these limits.




 Can I change my email address?

If you have changed your name, then it is possible for a new email alias to be added to your mailbox. You cannot choose an email address that does not reflect your name. Submit a request to change your email address.




 Why is an email I’ve received tagged as coming from an External Sender?

Emails you receive that have come from outside the University (i.e. that haven’t originated from Lancaster’s email systems) are tagged to identify that they have come from an external source. Email tagging helps you combat the threat from the increasing number of malicious email attacks that attempt to impersonate staff, students or University systems. Tagged emails will be identified in the header as coming from an [External Sender] and will contain a statement in red at the top of the message content.

Some emails appearing to come from within the University may be tagged as having originated externally – this is usually because these emails have been instigated by a University department but generated and sent via an external third party service (e.g. Campaign Monitor).  

Note that the tagging is just making you aware that the email has come from an external source to help you in assessing whether emails are genuine or not; it should not automatically be taken as an indication that the email is untrustworthy or malicious.

If you reply to or forward a ‘tagged’ email you’ve received, the identifier in the header and the statement at the top of the message will appear in your reply/forwarded email.





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