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How to Add IMAP Email Accounts to the Mail App in Windows 8


When Windows 8 was finally released to everybody they updated the Mail app to support IMAP, which means you now use any generic email account in the Metro Mail app. Here’s how to get set up.

How to Get Generic IMAP Accounts Set Up in the Metro Mail App

The first thing you need to do is hit the Windows button to switch to the Start Screen, then launch the Mail app.


Now move your mouse to the bottom right hand corner of your screen, which will bring up the Charms Bar. Then click on the Settings Charm.


Now open your account settings.


Then click on the Add an Account button.


Now choose the Other account option.


Then go ahead and choose the IMAP option.


Now you will need to enter you email address and your password, then click on the show more details link.

Note: I used a made up email address but I was setting up my iCloud account.


Now you will need to enter your IMAP and SMTP server details, if you don’t know them you will need to contact the support department of whoever issued you with your email address.


That’s all there is to it, now your mailbox should now be set up and ready to go.


Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 11/13/12

Comments (4)

  1. tacosalad000

    Does Hotmail ( now allow IMAP access?

  2. David

    can you add Exchange Active sync emails on x86/x64 versions of Windows 8? therefore you can have push email?

    @tacosalad000 no IMAP but it has POP and Exchange Activesync of which EAS is the best to use unless the device doesn’t support it.

  3. tacosalad000

    Thanks David.

  4. Ron

    Can receive mail but can’t send. Any tips to try?

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