Microsoft Outlook automatically synchronizes its data with the connecting server and presents the updated data to its users. But sometimes when you open the Outlook application, it offers a pop-up notification that ‘Your Outlook account settings are out of date.’ You can also see the same messages at the Action Center. If you click the notification, then it will provide you two options - Fix Account or Dismiss.

When you click the Fix Account option, the Windows will start diagnosing and rectifying the issue related to the notification. After resolving the issue, you can access Outlook and work on it. But, if the issue does not resolve using the Fix Account option, then you will have to perform thorough troubleshooting and see the result.

Here, we will go through some simple methods which you can apply to the Outlook and remove such issue.

Delete Outlook Profile Folder

Often, the content of Outlook Profile Folder can be corrupted and can lead to the error “Outlook account settings out of date.” You can clean up the profile folder to fix this problem. Follow the Steps as below:

  1. Right-click on the Windows Icon on the extreme left of your taskbar and click on ‘File Explorer.’ Alternatively, you can press Win+E on your keyboard to open File Explorer.
  2. In the address bar on the top, paste the ‘%APPDATA%MicrosoftProtect’ and press Enter.
  3. This will take you to your Microsoft Outlook profile folder.
  4. Take a backup of your profile folder by copying and then pasting the folder to a different location such as Desktop or Documents folder.
  5. Once the backup has been taken, delete the Protect folder.
  6. Restart your machine and then reopen Outlook.
Disable the PIN

Some users have reported that disabling login through PIN has fixed the issue for them. You can follow the simple Steps below to implement the same.

  1. Click on the Windows icon on the bottom left of your PC and then go to Settings.
  2. Click on Accounts and then navigate to ‘Sign-in options.’
  3. Go to ‘Windows Hello Pin.’
  4. Click on the Remove Pin option.
  5. It will prompt for your Microsoft Account password.
  6. Enter your password and press, Ok.

Check the password

Sometimes, when you make changes in the Mail application online and access in Outlook, then Outlook does not support your new password. So, you have to manually sync the Mail app and Outlook with the same password and then access it.

Change computer date-time

Another method is there to update the computer’s date-time settings.

  1. Go to Control Panel. Select Clock > Language and Region > Date and Time > Internet Time.
  2. Uncheck the option ‘Synchronize with an Internet time server’ and change the date and time.
  3. Now restart the Outlook and check if the notification still occurs.
Check Security Certificates

If the problem is not time-related, then you can go for another method which is checking the security certificate. If there is no SSL certificate setting, follow the upcoming Steps;

  1. Go to Settings, then click Manage Accounts.
  2. Select the account which is showing the issue.
  3. Select the option Change mailbox sync settings > Advanced mailbox settings. Select the option Advanced mailbox settings from the drop-down menu.
  4. Check the option ‘Require SSL for incoming email’ and ‘Require SSL for outgoing email’ then Save it.
Disable unnecessary notifications

There is some unimportant software installed on the Windows which regularly send notifications, and sometimes they create hurdle in the processing of other applications. So, you need to disable the notification of these applications.

Use a local account to login to Outlook

If you are using your Microsoft account to login to the Windows as well as Outlook, then you can use a different local account to login to the Outlook. It may remove the notification issue. Here is its process;

  1. Go to the Settings option in the application menu.
  2. Go to Account Settings and select the Other Account option.
  3. Choose the option ‘Add an account’ and then choose the option ‘Sign in without a Microsoft account.’
  4. Input the user credentials of a local account and then click the Finish button.
  5. Restart the Outlook and try to login with the new account.
Update Windows

Updating the Windows with the latest changes and it may remove the out of date account settings issue.

  1. Go to Settings app in the application menu.
  2. Follow Update & Security section > Windows Update.
  3. Click the check for updates button. It will check for the available updates and install them.
Delete Outlook account and add it again

The last resort in rectifying the issue is to delete your Outlook account and add it again.


When you are facing the ‘Outlook account settings out of date’ issue, then there are various methods which you can use to fix the issue. But there is no accurate method to follow. If the issue is not fixed by the methods given here, you should use a professional repair tool which can access the data file of the Outlook account and rectify any corruption. Kernel for Outlook PST Repair is a total recovery software which accesses the PST file from its location and recovers whole mailboxes. It also recovers deleted items and saves them at the exact folder they were saved earlier. You can save the recovered item in a new PST file and access it in the Outlook instantly.