How Do I Forward Email to My Hotmail Address?

Written by eric som | 13/05/2017

Forwarding e-mail to a Windows Live Hotmail address involves adding a third-party e-mail account to Windows Live Hotmail using the Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3). One of the advantages of adding third-party e-mail accounts to Windows Live Hotmail is that it enables personal computer (PC) users to use their Windows Live Hotmail as a central account from which they can check multiple e-mail accounts.

E-mail Server Credentials

One of the first things you need to properly forward e-mails to your Windows Live Hotmail address is to find out what the email server credentials are for the email account you are trying to forward to your Windows Live Hotmail. This is important because Windows Live Hotmail uses the POP3 technology to forward e-mails from third-party e-mail accounts. Therefore, if you do not have the correct e-mail server credentials, you will not be able to forward e-mails to your Windows Live Hotmail address.

To get the email server credentials for the non-Windows Live Hotmail account, contact the email service provider directly or search the home page of the email service provider for this information. Getting this information directly from an e-mail service provider ensures the accuracy of the information provided. You need the incoming mail server address and port number.

Configuring Hotmail

Log into your Windows Live Hotmail account and then click on the "Add an e-mail account" link. Clicking on this link allows you to forward third-party e-mails to your Windows Live Hotmail account.

Provide the email address and password of the email you would like to forward to Windows Live Hotmail in the "Email address" and "password" fields respectively. This enables Windows Hotmail to check your third-party e-mail account for e-mail messages.

Click on the "Next" button to continue adding your third-party e-mail account. Depending on the email service provider, Windows Live Hotmail may automatically configure your third-party e-mail account. However, in some cases, Windows Live Hotmail asks you to provide the email server credentials of the email account you are trying to add. If this happens, provide your incoming mail server address and port number in the "incoming mail server address" and "Port" fields. This information is important because it ensures that Windows Live Hotmail imports your e-mail messages correctly.

Select the "Next" button and give a name for the email account you just added. It is important to do this because it allows you to easily identity a third-party e-mail account by the name you provided, as Windows Live Hotmail creates a separate e-mail folder for all e-mails forwarded to your Windows Live Hotmail Account.

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