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Smtp Is Not Responding

Simple Mail Transfer Protocol is a part of the application layer. This protocol acts in the store and forward format. The email message you have sent will be first verified by the Sender’s Server. Then, the message will be transmitted to the Receiver’s server. Finally, the message will reach the receiver. To send the message to the right email id, the SMTP protocol will have to close communication with the Mail Transfer Agent (MTA). In some cases, if you receive the error SMTP is not responding and cannot send emails message on your screen, then most probably, it is due to the SMTP server. The SMTP not responding issue occurs due to some mistakes in the email account configuration or while sending email messages. Perform these troubleshooting instructions before trying the advanced methods to fix this issue.

  • Check if your system is connected to a stable network. Slow or no internet connection may also lead to the SMTP protocol not responding issue.
  • Connect your desktop or laptop device to a stable network.
  • Then, try to send the email message.
  • Verify your account credentials. Ensure that you have entered the username and password correctly. If not, re-configure your account with the correct credentials and then try to send an email message.
  • Verify the SMTP details: Contact your email service provider to check your account’s SMTP parameters.
  • Make sure that the SMTP server connection is not down. If so, perform the required steps to fix it.
  • Check if you have entered the correct SMTP port number. Re-check the SMTP settings agin if the SMTP is not responding.
  • If you have entered the wrong port value, change it and then try to send the email message.
  • Ensure that your system’s firewall is not blocking the process.
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  • If so, disable your system’s antivirus application or firewall option temporarily and then send the email message.
  • If you are having this issue on your Outlook application, first, perform the above-mentioned steps and then try the troubleshooting instructions that are given below.

Try to resend the email message

  • Select and right-click on the unsent email message.
  • Choose the Drafts option from the Context menu.
  • Now, the selected email message will be moved to your account’s Draft folder.
  • Go to the Draft folder and open the email message that you wish to resent.
  • Click the Send button now.
  • Check if the email message is delivered successfully.
  • If not, proceed with the next troubleshooting method discussed below.

Check the recipient’s credentials.

  • If you have entered the recipient information incorrectly then your SMTP is not responding, then change it and try to send the email message again.

Check the attachment size

  • If you have attached any files along with the email, then check its size.
  • The allowed size limit is 20 megabytes (MB).
  • If the attached files’ size exceeds the required limit, reduce the size of the attachment and then try to send the email message.

Check if you have changed your account password

  • If you have changed your password online, then you have to change it in the Outlook application as well.
  • To sync your Outlook account email, proceed with the step-by-step instructions given below.
  • Launch the Outlook application on your system.
  • Click the File menu followed by Account Settings.
  • Select the Account Settings option on the displayed screen.
  • Click the Email tab. Now, the list of email accounts that are configured will be displayed on the screen.
  • Select the email account that is problematic.
  • Click the Change button. Go to the password section and enter the new security key.
  • After entering the new password, click the Next button followed by Close > Finish.
  • Now, locate and click the Send/ Receive All Folder button, which is located at the top left-hand side of the screen.
  • On your system’s keyboard, press the F9 button.
  • Now, the stuck email message will be sent.
  • If the SMTP is not responding issue persists, then repair the Outlook application by referring the guidelines given below.

Outlook 2016, 2013, or 2010 in Windows 10:

  • First, make sure to close all existing applications on your Windows 10 system.
  • After that, navigate to the Apps & Features section if your SMTP is not responding.
  • Now, the list of applications installed on your Windows 10 system will be displayed on the screen.
  • Search and select the Microsoft Office application.
  • Click the Modify button.
  • Now, the user account control dialog box will pop-up on the screen with the message Do you want to allow this application to make changes?
  • Click the Yes button in the dialog box.
  • Now a window will open.
  • Click the Outlook Repair option followed by Repair.
  • Now, the Outlook application repairing process begins.
  • Once it is done, restart your Outlook application and try to send the email message.
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