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How to add any POP3 Email Account to Hotmail

Keeping track of multiple email accounts can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re a Hotmail user, you might want to integrate all of your POP3 accounts into a single address for more efficient access. 

Hotmail can send and receive emails from any POP3 enabled account, and it even supports SSL for secure connections.  Most email accounts from your internet service provider, work, or school will work directly in it.  Make sure to have your other account info, as you may need it in advanced setup. For this demonstration we’ll walk through setting up a Gmail account, but this should work with your other POP3 accounts as well.

Add your email account to Hotmail

Log into Hotmail, and then scroll to the bottom of your folders list in your inbox and select “Add an e-mail account.”


Now enter in your email address and password for the account you want to add and click Next. Hotmail will try to automatically detect the settings for the account.  Most email accounts from popular services such as Gmail are detected automatically.

Note: Make sure that POP3 is enabled in your Gmail account.


If it cannot automatically find the settings, it will present you an Advanced options page. Here you can enter your email and password, as well as your user name, incoming mail server, port number, and SSL options.  You can also choose whether or not to leave emails on that server when Hotmail downloads them.  Make sure to leave this box checked if you want to still access your emails from the other account. If you aren’t sure what settings are required, check with your IT staff or ISP.


Hotmail will let you know it’s working on your account…


Now, you can choose where your email from newly added account will go.  By default it will go into a new folder with that email account’s name, but you can choose to have it go to any folder including your inbox.  Emails from this account will show a diamond on the corner, and you can choose which color of diamond you want as well.


Click Save, and you’re almost done.


Hotmail will send an email to make sure you really own the email address.  Click the link in the email, and your account will be all setup. Hotmail will sync all of the emails from your account, and also automatically download any new emails you get.


You can select any address as your “From” address next time you write an email. You can also make any of them your default “From” address.


Unfortunately, if you want to get your Yahoo mail you’ll need a paid subscription to Yahoo Mail Plus in order to use POP3 sync. Although you might want to try a work around using YPOPs! which we’ve previously covered


Enjoy, and don’t forget that you can add as many accounts as you need.  You can combine all of your addresses, and then easily manage them all from Hotmail. If you use Gmail, you can also send and receive Hotmail (or any POP3 email) from your Gmail account.


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  • Published 02/16/10

Comments (12)

  1. Doc

    Holy Smokes… people still use Hotmail?


  2. Madhukar

    Nice article. You missed hiding your email address in the 5th image. (“Add an email account”)

  3. Mysticgeek

    @Madhukar: Thanks for catching that! We made the correction.

  4. bubs353

    So does using Hotmail to recieve Gmail provide same safety as the original Gmail offers?

  5. Matthew Guay

    @bubs353 Yes, by default your emails will be downloaded with SSL, so it has the same level of security that you’d have if you read your Gmail in the browser or on a desktop email program.

  6. Usagi

    Thanks for sharing! But I can’t help to wonder, can I backup my hotmail folders in my gmail account through this method?

  7. mike

    I have added the other accounts on my hotmail and tried to send to those accounts but still cannot received it. Have I missed something?

  8. nark

    When I’m in craigslist and try to respond I get a “POP 3” error. What can I do?

  9. TED

    I have created my settings to send and receive emails from other accounts. But is still shows up in the recepiants INBOX as the hotmail address. Once they open the email it shows the “other account email address”. I need it to show the other email address in the INBOX and on the email. Can this be done?

  10. Anon

    How-to-geek: “you can add as many accounts as you need”
    Hotmail help: “You can add up to four POP3 accounts to your Windows Live Hotmail account.”

  11. Bex

    @Doc duh course they do what else would people use

  12. shovon

    I’ve added 4 email to my livemail account. They are working fine. But now i can only add email which I can use to send email. But in other account to receive email, there is no more option to add account. Can any one help me? I wanna add my office email so I can check them all from one place.

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