Summary: Sometimes, your Outlook keeps asking for password. In this post, we’ve discussed several fixes to resolve the Outlook password prompt issue. In addition, we’ve mentioned a password recovery tool for Outlook that can help you recover the lost or forgotten PST passwords.
Microsoft Outlook allows its users to configure passwords to prevent unauthorized account access. However, it can be frustrating when Outlook keeps prompting for password, despite providing it several times. This Microsoft Outlook password prompt issue may occur due to various reasons.
Some common causes behind the ‘Outlook keeps asking for password’ problem are:
You can try the following easy fixes to resolve the issue of password prompts in Outlook 2019, 2016, or any other version (including Office 365).
If your network connection is poor or unstable, Outlook may lose mail server connectivity. When trying to reconnect with the mail server, it may ask for your Outlook credentials. So, you can switch to a stable internet connection to resolve the problem of Outlook 2010 needs password.
Sometimes, antivirus programs interfere with Outlook and may cause MS Outlook keeps asking for password problem. So, disable the antivirus program on your system and see if this resolves the issue.
Shared calendars can also interfere with Outlook credentials. If you are using a shared calendar, unselect it and see if it fixes the Outlook password problem.
Often, Outlook keeps asking for password because you have configured it to perform the task. To verify and disable the prompt for logon credentials in Outlook, follow these steps:
Always prompt for logon credentials checkbox
MS Windows stores user credentials locally for a wide range of applications, including MS Outlook. If these cached credentials are incorrect, you may face the Outlook asking for password issue. To fix the issue, you can remove the Outlook credentials from the Credential Manager. Follow these steps:
Sometimes, Outlook password prompt issue occurs when your Outlook profile becomes corrupt. If that’s the case, you need to create a new Outlook profile. To do so, follow these steps:
Show Profiles in Mail Setup window
Always use this profile option in Mail window
Outlook also allows the users to set passwords for PST files. When a PST password is enabled, Outlook asks for the password whenever it is launched (unless you have allowed Outlook to save the password).
If you have lost the PST password, you can use an advanced Outlook PST password recovery tool, such as Stellar Password Recovery for Outlook to recover it. This software comes with the following features:
To recover lost PST password by using the software, follow these steps:
Stellar Password Recovery for Outlook home tab
Generated passwords in Stellar Password Recovery for Outlook
Note: You can use the software to solve PST password problem in all Outlook versions, including Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and 2007.
The Outlook keeps asking for password problem in Outlook 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, or any other version may occur due to various reasons, such as incorrect Outlook settings, wrong cached password, etc. To fix the Outlook password prompt issue, you can follow the solutions covered in this blog post.
However, if you’ve lost or forgotten PST file password, you can use a trusted Outlook PST password recovery tool to recover it.
Abhinav Sethi is a Senior Writer at Stellar. He writes articles, blog posts, knowledge-bases, case studies, etc. for different technologies. He also has a keen interest in digital forensics and helps forward-thinking companies fight different threats with apt solutions.
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