How to Increase Hotmail Mailbox Size

Written by brad chacos
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How to Increase Hotmail Mailbox Size
Hotmail's storage capacity expands with your inbox. (Creatas Images/Creatas/Getty Images)

Virtual mailboxes work in the same basic way as physical mailboxes, storing your messages until you remove them -- but like the mailbox in front of your home, if you never take any incoming mail out, soon there won't be any room for new messages. Windows Live Hotmail helps heavy e-mail users get around this limitation with the service's "Expanding Mailbox" feature. According to the website, Hotmail users get at least 25 GB of storage space and will automatically receive more if they come close to filling their inbox.

Skill level:


  1. 1

    Send and receive e-mails normally from your e-mail account.

  2. 2

    Avoid emptying your deleted items folder or transferring e-mail records to your desktop. Any items you remove from your deleted items folder are erased from the server and no longer count towards your used storage space.

  3. 3

    Look for an e-mail from the Windows Live Team about your e-mail usage. Hotmail will automatically increase your account's storage capacity at the end of the month if it is needed, but not at any other time. If you're coming close to your current storage limitations, the Windows Live Team will notify you and suggest that you either clear space or reduce your Hotmail usage until the end of the month.

Tips and warnings

  • You will not receive notification when your storage capacity is increased.
  • reports Hotmail's maximum storage capacity as 500 GB.

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