How to update your Outlook password in Office 365, 2016 and 2019?

Last updated: September 2019

Securing your email account is a critical measure needed to safeguard your online privacy. Defining a strong password and storing it in a password keeping tool is a good first step. It is recommended, however, to proactively change your password periodically to ensure your account stays protected.

This post explains how you can easily reset your Outlook password in Microsoft Office 2016 / 365 /2019. For simplicity, this tutorial assumes that you are using as your mail provider (although this process is applicable when using Yahoo, Gmail or the account provided you by your ISP).

We’ll start by showing how you can modify your settings, and then actually update your desktop edition of Outlook 365 (2019/2016).

Set a new password

  • Log into your Account, Click on Settings on the top right and select Options.

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  • On Managing your account, Click  Account details.

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  • From the opened new tab select Security & Privacy.
  • Click Change your password.
  • Enter Current password, New password and retype new password respectively on the space provided.
  • Click Save to change to your new password.

Note: this process can be executed not only on your PC, but also for your cellular phone (be it Iphone or Android)  as well as tablets (iPads, Android, Fire).

Change you password on Outlook 2016 / 2019 /365:

Our next step will be the configure the desktop edition of Outlook (the one installed on your personal computer) to work with the modified password.

  • From your computer, open Microsoft Outlook.
  • Hit File and then select Account settings.
  • In the Account settings dialog box, select your email Account. This could be GMail,, Yahoo Mail or any other POP/ IMAP account configured on your Outlook.
  • Now hit Change.

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  • Under Change Settings, Enter your new password. As a rule, always use a “strong” password that contains both upper and lower case letters, signs and numbers and it’s longer than 8 characters. It’s important that you’ll keep your password secure using password keeping software.
  • Click Next to run the test run, and close it.
  • Your password will be changed.

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Microsoft Exchange users

Important Note: The procedure we outlined above won’t work when accessing your email through an Exchange Server. In this case, your Windows domain credentials (the ones you use in order to login to your computer) are used to control access to your email. You can set a password to your Offlline folders though.


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Joshua Stewart says October 12, 2018

I have tried the above steps to update my password for Office Outlook several times, but I can’t get it to work. I have office 365. It’s a yearly subscription. I assume I have Outlook 2019, but maybe I only have 2016. Is there another way I can change the password?

nelle says January 5, 2019

It doesn’t work for Outlook 2019. ‘Change’ does not produce a password box.

Wayne says October 21, 2019

I still cannot change my Outlook password; I highlight my email address, then click “Change” and I get a window that is titled “Exchange Account Settings” without any buttons to change password…not sure what to do at this point…

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