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How to add an Outlook email account to an iPhone

The iPhone allows you to add external e-mail accounts to its native Mail app, meaning you don't need to use a web browser to access them. The procedure for doing so with Outlook accounts depends on the type account. The instructions for an ActiveSync account (one connected to an Exchange Server such as for your company) are different from those for an Outlook.com webmail account (formerly known as Hotmail.)

ActiveSync

Gather together the details of your account, including the e-mail address, user name, password and (optionally) the domain.

Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone, then choose the "Mail, Contacts and Calendars" option, followed by "Add Account" and finally "Microsoft Exchange".

Input the details of your account, then tap "Next."

Use the slider controls on the next screen to decide which content (Mail, Contacts or Calendars) you want to sync to your phone, then tap "Save."

Outlook.com

Gather together the details of your account, namely the e-mail address and password.

Tap the "Settings" icon on your iPhone, then choose the "Mail, Contacts and Calendars" option, followed by "Add Account" and finally "Hotmail." (If the "Hotmail" option does not appear, tap "Other", then "Add Mail Account.)

Input the details of your account. In the e-mail feed, make sure to include the full address including the "@outlook.com" ending.

Input the details of your account, then tap "Next."

Use the slider controls on the next screen to decide which content (Mail, Contacts or Calendars) you want to sync to your phone, then tap "Save."

Tip

You can add an Outlook.com address as if it were a Microsoft Exchange account. To do so, follow the instructions for "ActiveSync", entering "m.hotmail.com" for both the domain and server fields.

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A professional writer since 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, John Lister ran the press department for the Plain English Campaign until 2005. He then worked as a freelance writer with credits including national newspapers, magazines and online work. He specializes in technology and communications.