Hotmail Settings for Android Phones

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Hotmail Settings for Android Phones
Android phones will notify you of new e-mail messages in the top status bar. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Windows Live Mail, also known as Hotmail, will sync with your smartphone that runs on the Android operating system. The phone enables you to set up your Hotmail e-mail account so that you can check it directly from your phone, as long as you have an Internet connection. The device also offers a number of simply activated and automatic features that make your process more streamlined.

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Background

If you want to check your Hotmail account from your Android smart phone, you must first create an account and enter your credentials to allow the mail application to communicate with Hotmail's servers. Your phone will remember these details and automatically check for new messages, if you instruct it to do so, or download new messages when you manually check your e-mail. Without the proper settings, you cannot read, manage or reply to your Hotmail e-mail on your Android phone.

Server Settings

When you create an e-mail account on your phone, you must enter your full Hotmail, or Windows Live Mail, e-mail address as well as your password. These are settings only known to you. If you choose post office protocol, or POP, as the method for accessing your Hotmail e-mail, you must enter the POP server as "pop3.live.com", choose security type "SSL" and specify the server prot as "995." If any of these settings are incorrect, you may see an alert that login has failed or that your application could not connect to the server. Note that server settings are not specific to your Android phone.

Other Settings

Your Android phone may provide you with other options or settings that are not necessarily unique to your Hotmail e-mail. For example, you can choose what you wish to name your e-mail account. By default, the phone may suggest "Hotmail" but you can change this to a more descriptive name. In addition to this, your phone will ask your name and will allow you to set this e-mail account as default, so that you automatically see it when you load your mail application or widget.

Tips

Your Android phone may attempt to automatically determine mail server settings as soon as you enter your e-mail address and password into the field. If your phone can correctly do this, you do not need to manually enter the server address, connection type or port. When you originally set up your Hotmail account with your Android phone, it may be useful to select the "Show password" option, if it exists. This way, you can see your password as you are typing it into the form field. This helps you be sure that you enter the password correctly the first time.

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