How to set up Hotmail on the iPhone

By , Oct 11, 2008

[digg-me]If you’ve tried to configure Hotmail for your iPhone, you’ve most likely faced a pretty big issue: you just can’t! The problem is that Hotmail is not as “open” as Gmail and it doesn’t let you enable Pop or IMAP. However there are a few solutions to bypass this issue and be able to finally read your Hotmail emails directly from your iPhone mail application. Let’s have a look at these possible solutions.

UPDATE: This post is outdated. There is now an easy way to setup Hotmail on iPhone.

1. Use Hotmail Mobile in the Safari web browser

This is barely a solution and I will go over it quickly as it is just a temporary answer to a permanent problem… I’m sure most of you have already done that and you know how unfriendly Hotmail Mobile is. Besides the fact that it is not formatted properly for the iPhone, it is just not practical at all since you can’t access your contacts easily, attach documents, etc…

2. Use izymail to “translate” your Hotmail emails

Let me tell you right away that izymail is not free as it will cost you about $20/year (although you may register for a free trial). When izymail is plugged between your email application and the email server, it will act as a translator of the POP3, IMAP and SMTP into the other languages understood by the respective email servers. In other words, izymail receives your Hotmail emails and send them to you in a different format that you can use on your iPhone.

First you will have to create an izymail account. You may take the free trial but after that it will cost you about $20/year. Now to configure Hotmail, follow these steps:

  • To create your email profile, tap Settings > Mail > Add Account > Other
  • Enter your name, Hotmail address and Hotmail password.
  • You may get an error message saying that “This mail service is not supported by the iPhone”. Tap OK to ignore this message.
  • For fast and easy email download, tap on POP. IMAP is possible, but tends to be slow and more complex to handle.
  • Enter your full name and your email address. The account description will be filled automatically.
  • Enter the incoming server name in.izymail.com Your email address is also your user name.
  • Enter the outgoing server name out.izymail.com. Your email address is also your user name.
  • Tap Save and wait… This can take a very long time!!
  • The iPhone will try various methods to connect to the incoming mail server which can take a considerable amount of time…
  • You will get the following error message: “Cannot connect using SSL. Do you want to try setting up the account without SSL?” Tap YES and wait…
  • The iPhone will repeat the process for outgoing mail which can take even longer, up to several minutes…
  • Finally, the iPhone will start downloading messages.

Refer to izymail website for more info and detailed instructions on how to set up Hotmail on your iPhone.

The only problem I have with this method is that the emails I send from my iPhone sometimes get caught in spam folders. Besides that it works like a charm.

3. Upgrade to Windows Live Hotmail Plus to enable POP

Once again, this solution is not free. Upgrading to Windows Live Hotmail Plus will also cost you about $20/year but you get additional benefits such as 10GB of storage, no ads, etc… I actually just upgraded for the purpose of trying out what I’m writing about…

I have installed Hotmail on my iPhone using Hotmail Plus just a few hours ago and I already love it. Why? Compared to izymail, the set up process is much easier and more straightforward. It took me a good 10 minutes to set up izymail whereas it took me about 50 seconds to set up Hotmail Plus. Furthermore, it seems that emails download faster.

Here is how I installed Hotmail on my iPhone using Windows Live Hotmail Plus:

  • First, sign up for Windows Live Hotmail Plus
  • To create your email profile, tap Settings > Mail > Add Account > Other
  • Enter your name, Hotmail address and Hotmail password.
  • You may get an error message saying that you need to be a Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscriber. Tap OK to ignore this message. Note that, this is a new feature that came with firmware 2.0. Before, the iPhone didn’t warn you that you needed an Hotmail Plus account; it simply gave you an error message.
  • Click “Save”, and you’re done!

The email settings such as incoming and outgoing servers will be populated automatically. Your iPhone will instantly start downloading your emails from Hotmail.

For information, here are the Windows Live Hotmail Plus POP3 settings (thank you Edson Reyes)

Account Information:
Name: John Smith (note: enter your own name)
Address: example@hotmail.com (note: enter your full Hotmail email address)
Description: Hotmail

Incoming Mail Server:
Host Name: pop3.live.com
User Name: example@hotmail.com (note: enter your full Hotmail email address)
Password: password (note: enter your Hotmail password)

Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):
Host Name: smtp.live.com
User Name: example@hotmail.com (note: enter your full Hotmail email address)
Password: password (note: enter your Hotmail password)

Advanced Settings:
Incoming Uses SSL: On
Outgoing Uses SSL: On
Authentication: Password
Delete from Server: When removed from Inbox (or your preferred option)

Now let me warn you about something though. By using the Hotmail Plus solution, your iPhone will download every single email that is in your Hotmail inbox, meaning that if you have 5,000 emails in your Hotmail, it will download them all, which would take hours. There are 3 solutions for this:

  1. Do like me and keep your Hotmail inbox clean. I only have a few emails in my Inbox at any time as I delete emails as they come or I place them in folders.
  2. Place all the emails that are in your inbox in a folder so your iPhone doesn’t download them.
  3. Delete all the emails that are in your inbox. If you have 500 or more emails, chances are they’re old emails that you don’t need to keep.

That’s about it.

Conclusion

As I mentionned above, paying $20/year to subscribe to Windows Live Hotmail Plus is the best solution. It is fast and easy to set up and emails are downloaded to your iPhone much faster.

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  • Anne Snyder

    I had little trouble with the IPhone 4G. I just clicked other on the screen that appears when you first set e-mail options. I typed in my MSN account information and saved it. I also loaded my Yahoo Account. Yahoo comes up first, but when I use the Inbox arrow, MSN also appears and I get all my e-mails from that account as well.

  • juliette

    this stinks. idont want 2 pay

  • cipher113

    i quote from chris_20064028 on http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/1177752

    Actually, they offer exchange support now.

    Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > MS Exchange and…

    Email: yourmail@live.com or yourmail@hotmail.com
    Server Address: m.hotmail.com
    SSL: Enabled
    Username: yourmail@live.com
    Password: password
    Domain: (Leave it Blank)

    Once set up, go to the account in Mail, Contacts, Calendars and scroll down to Mail Folders to Push and select your folders. Remember to go back out of the menu and not exit using homescreen button or your settings wont save.

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  • http://msn Dolly

    I no this is out in left field but I’m alt my wits end. My hotmail account keeps generating e-mails to all contacts I have saved I’m not sending these e-mails whom do I contact?

  • Ryrygbpackers

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=–zS-bOffbU

    Go there, it makes it easy to set it up.

  • okizen

    I only get my inbox displayed and not my personal folders.

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