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How to Set Up Email on iPhone With Hotmail

Updated July 20, 2017

Setting up your e-mail account with Hotmail on the iPhone is possible, although Microsoft only allows access to Hotmail e-mail accounts through POP3 (or Post Office Protocol 3) instead of the more advanced IMAP (or Interactive Mail Access Protocol).

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Accessing your Hotmail e-mail account through POP3 will allow you to view and read e-mail messages, although they will not be marked as read within the Hotmail e-mail account itself online.

  1. Tap the "Settings" app with your finger on the iPhone, then tap the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" menu option.

  2. Tap the "Add Account" option with your finger, then tap and select "Other" on your iPhone screen.

  3. Underneath the "Mail" section, tap the "Add Mail Account" option with your finger.

  4. Type in your name in the "Name" field, and type in your e-mail address in the "Address" field. Type in your password in the "Password" field.

  5. You can choose a name for the Hotmail e-mail account on the iPhone by typing in the "Description" field. Then tap on the "Save" button near the top of the screen.

  6. Tap the "POP" button near the top of the screen. Scroll down to the "Incoming Mail Server" section and in the "Host Name" field type in "pop3.live.com" using the iPhone keyboard. In the "User Name" field type in your Hotmail e-mail address. In the "Password" field, type in your password.

  7. Scroll down to the "Outgoing Mail Server" section and in the "Host Name" field type in "smtp.live.com" using the iPhone keyboard. In the "Password" field, type in your password, then tap on the "Save" button which is located near the top of your screen.

  8. If you are experiencing problems seeing e-mails from your Hotmail account on your iPhone, then tap on the "Settings" app with your finger, then tap upon the "Mail, Contacts, Calendars" option.

  9. Under the "Accounts" section, tap on the Hotmail account with your finger. Scroll down and tap the "Advanced" option.

  10. Under the "Incoming Settings" section tap on the "Authentication" option, and verify that "Password" is selected. Then tap on the "Advanced" button near the top of the screen.

  11. Tap on the "Delete from server" option, and tap on the "When removed from Inbox" option with your finger. Then tap on the "Advanced" button near the top of the screen.

  12. In the "Server Port" field, type in "995" with your iPhone keyboard which will configure your Hotmail account with your iPhone.

  13. Tip

    Make sure you enter in the correct password when adding a Hotmail account

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Things You'll Need

  • Hotmail account
  • iPhone
  • Internet connection

About the Author

Darnell Clayton has been writing online for almost a decade and professionally for about five years. He has published articles on The Blog Herald, Blogging Pro, Apple Gazette and recently the Universe Today. Previously he has worked in both the information technology sector (as an IT supervisor) as well as in financial services (dealing mostly with insurance and investments).

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