POP/IMAP and SMTP server settings for CenturyLink email

When you set up your CenturyLink email on another email program or on multiple devices, you will need the POP or IMAP and SMTP settings.

See step-by-step setup instructions for:

 

For all other programs and devices, as you follow the instructions for your specific device or program, use the server settings on this page.

Notes about setting up your CenturyLink email

  • When you set up your email program, you may be prompted to leave a copy of your emails on the server. We recommend you accept this option.

  • Email Size Limit refers to the size of a single email, and Send To Limits include the To, CC and Bcc fields in emails. These limits are the same whether you're using webmail or SMTP.

Incoming and outgoing server settings for CenturyLink email

SMTP, POP and IMAP are different ways your email program (say, Outlook) communicates with your email provider (CenturyLink). 

CenturyLink email server settings

Incoming Server (choose POP or IMAP) POP: pop.centurylink.net, Port: 995, Security: SSL
IMAP: mail.centurylink.net, Port: 993, Security: SSL
Outgoing Server SMTP: smtp.centurylink.net, Port: 587, Security: TLS if available

Incoming server settings

With CenturyLink.net email, on some devices or programs, you can choose between a POP or IMAP account type.

 

  • POP (Post Office Protocol)—Like its name implies, POP is the equivalent of the post office. It's for storing your email. When you set up your email as a POP account, you can see your messages only on the device you set up.

  • IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol)—IMAP is a fancier version of POP3. For instance, with IMAP, you can keep your email on the server, something you can't do with POP3. This allows you to access your email on multiple devices.

Outgoing server settings

SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) gets your email from one place to the next, routing it between servers and eventually to your computer desktop. An SMTP port sends an email through a network and to its recipient. If you were sending snail mail, it would be the mail carrier. CenturyLink filters port 25 for increased security.

Server settings for other email programs and devices

Centurylink.net and the domains listed here all have the same settings.

  • centurytel.net 
  • clds.net 
  • coastalnow.net 
  • cochill.net 
  • cswnet.com 
  • elpasotel.net 
  • embarqmail.com 
  • emadisonriver.com 
  • emadisonriver.net
  • gallatinriver.net 
  • grics.net 
  • gulftel.com 
  • madisonriver.biz 
  • mebtel.net 
  • qwest.net 
  • q.com
Incoming Server (choose POP or IMAP) POP: pop.centurylink.net, Port: 995, Security: SSL
IMAP: mail.centurylink.net, Port: 993, Security: SSL
Outgoing Server SMTP: smtp.centurylink.net, Port 587 TLS if available
Username Full email address
Server Limits Email box storage limit: 700MB
Email send size limit: 10MB

Domains qwestoffice.net
Incoming Server POP: pop.qwestoffice.net, Port: 110, Security: N/A
Outgoing Server SMTP: smtp.qwestoffice.net, Port: 465, Security: SSL
Username Full email address
Server Limits Email box storage limit: 700MB
Email send size limit: 10MB

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