BT,  ORANGE,  SKY,  TALKTALK  AND  VIRGIN  POP3  /  SMTP  E-MAIL  SETTINGS

In this section I have composed a "Quick List/Reference" of POP / SMTP E-Mail Settings for use with e-mail clients (e-mail programs) such as Windows 10 Mail App, Thnderbird and Microsoft Outlook. I have only focused on BT, Orange, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin settings, for now, as these are the common, dominant, Broadband ISPs (Internet Service Providers) at this time.


The e-mail settings below are specifically for Windows Live Mail 2012 TABs (mini windows) in terms of their setting names. Meaning, just lookup a setting and you will see its common, required, entry. If you lookup the setting called Outgoing Mail (SMTP) for example you will notice that BT use mail.btinternet.com whereas Orange use smtp.orangehome.co.uk. On top of this BT might use mail.btopenworld.com for older customers with broadband packages from years ago.

I have not concentrated on IMAP settings, only POP3 settings, because this section is more for those who like a copy of their e-mails on the ISP's server as well as a downloaded copy on their own computer. With this being said; Many ISPs these days don't like you using the setting called 'Leave A Copy Of Messages On Server', probably because they are tight-fisted with their storage allowance? Either way, don't let this put you off - If you want to use that setting so that you can keep a copy of your valuable e-mails on their server then go ahead and put a tick next to it. I, personally, always use it (tick it) simply because you don't know what will happen to your computer one day. At least with that setting ticked you know you have a backup copy on your ISPs server (computer).

Windows Live Mail - E-Mail Settings BT Yahoo Orange Sky TalkTalk Virgin
GENERAL Tab
Mail Account John (BT) John (Orange) John (Sky) John (TalkTalk) John (Virgin)
Name John Cairns John Cairns John Cairns John Cairns John Cairns
Organisation Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty)
E-Mail Address johncairns@btinternet.com john@cairns.orangehome.co.uk johncairns@sky.com johncairns@talktalk.net john.cairns@virginmedia.com
Reply E-Mail Address Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty)
Include This Account When Receiving Mail
Or Synchronizing
Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
SERVERS Tab
My Incoming Mail Server Is ??? Server POP3 POP3 POP3 POP3 POP3
Incoming Mail (POP3): mail.btinternet.com pop.orangehome.co.uk pop.tools.sky.com mail.talktalk.net pop3.virginmedia.com
Outgoing Mail (SMTP): mail.btinternet.com smtp.orangehome.co.uk smtp.tools.sky.com smtp.talktalk.net smtp.virginmedia.com
Email Username johncairns@btinternet.com cairns.orangehome.co.uk johncairns@sky.com johncairns@talktalk.net john.cairns@virginmedia.com
Password Hmm!!! Hmm!!! Hmm!!! Hmm!!! Hmm!!!
Remember Password Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked Ticked
Log-On Using Clear Text Authentication Selected Selected Selected Selected Selected
Log-On Using Secure Password Authentication Not Selected Not Selected Not Selected Not Selected Not Selected
Log-On Using Authentication POP (APOP) Not Selected Not Selected Not Selected Not Selected Not Selected
My Server Requires Authentication Ticked Unticked Ticked Unticked Ticked
SETTINGS Button - Outgoing Mail Server
Use Same Settings As My Incoming Mail Server Selected NOT IN USE Selected NOT IN USE Not Selected
Log-On Using Not Selected NOT IN USE Not Selected NOT IN USE Selected
Account Name Faded Out NOT IN USE Faded Out NOT IN USE john.cairns@virginmedia.com
Password Faded Out NOT IN USE Faded Out NOT IN USE Hmm!!!
Remember Password Faded Out NOT IN USE Faded Out NOT IN USE Ticked
Log-On Using Secure Password Authentication Faded Out NOT IN USE Faded Out NOT IN USE Unticked
SECURITY Tab
Certificate Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty)
Certificate Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty) Blank (Empty)
Algorithm 3DES 3DES 3DES 3DES 3DES
ADVANCED Tab
Outgoing Mail (SMTP): 25 (or 587) 25 465 25 465
This Server Requires A Secure Connection (SSL) Unticked Unticked Ticked Unticked Ticked
Incoming Mail (POP3): 110 110 995 110 995
This Server Requires A Secure Connection (SSL) Unticked Unticked Ticked Unticked Ticked
Server Timeouts 1 Minute 1 Minute 1 Minute 1 Minute 1 Minute
Break Apart Messages Larger Than ??? KB Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out
Leave A Copy Of Messages On Server Unticked Unticked Unticked Ticked Ticked
Remove From Server After ??? Day(s) Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out
Remove From Server When Deleted
From 'Deleted Items'
Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Unticked And Faded Out Ticked
 
Where I Found These Settings Official Web Page Official Web Page Official Web Page Official Web Page Official Web Page

Another reason for only putting common, up-to-date, settings in this section is because at this time Carphone Warehouse own many of the previous big companies such as Tiscali, Onetel and AOL UK. Meaning, these customers will eventually be switched over to TalkTalk. So with the three major Broadband ISPs (BT, TalkTalk and Virgin) dominating the UK market it makes no sense to list old, out-of-date, e-mail settings.

If you need to know what the Error Messages mean in Windows Live Mail 2012 or Windows 10 Mail App, you might want to View This Web Page.