It’s official, Microsoft has finally enabled Exchange ActiveSync for Hotmail, which means you’re finally going to be able to have Hotmail on your iPhone mail app without having to jump through hoops and loops.

UPDATE: Things have changed a lot since this post was originally published. Please click here for an updated version of how to set up Hotmail on iPhone.

Not only will this allow you to get push Hotmail emails on your iPhone, but you’ll also be able to sync your Hotmail contacts and calendars over the air.

It’s pretty easy to set up Hotmail Exchange ActiveSync on your iPhone and only takes a few seconds…

Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > and create a  new Micorsoft Exchange account.

Step 2: Fill out the information as follow:

  • Email: your email address
  • Domain: leave empty
  • Username: your email address
  • Password: your password

Tap Next when you’re done entering this info.

Step 3: Hotmail will verify your account. Once it’s done verifying, enter for the server info and hit Next.

Step 4: Select what you want to sync from your Hotmail account (Mail, Contacts, Calendar, and tap Save.

Done. You can now enjoy Hotmail on your iPhone.

I’m not sure if it works with Live email addresses. If you have an email address, please try it on and tell us how it goes.

  • Danika

    I tried set up my email under the exchange option and it didnt work. Now my iphone will not let me go back to the main screen to set up an email. Only takes me to the “inbox’ of the email that does not work. Tried to renew the icon and everything. Wont let me back to the original screen

  • Joseph

    works great. thanks.

  • dev

    thx you soo much 🙂

  • Gerard Kirwan

    Works great for a account. Thanks!

  • VA

    excellent! thanks

  • OO

    Thanks. Love the screen shots. Just sent this link to my sister to help out her friend.

  • Curt

    I had my Iphone Synced with my address for the last few months. Now all of a sudden i cannot send or recieve emails. So i tried to add my account again and now everytime i enter the server address it says Unable to verify account.

    Please help?????

  • Trisha

    worked for me….Thanks from Vancouver

  • Rosemary Black

    I have put in all the above information correctly, but it won’t verify, says “unable to verify account information” when I try. Any suggestions? I really need this to work.

  • Brenda

    I’ve followed all the steps but keep getting “cannot get mai, the connection to the server failed” message. Any suggestions? Thanks.

  • Andrea


  • Coreen

    its just worked for me excellently. thank you!

  • julie6111

    Thank you sooooo much. Its been driving me nuts!!! All fixed now tho 🙂

  • Bill

    Worked like a charm. Why wouldn’t Apple or Microsoft make that a little more apparent? Oh, whoops I forgot. Look who I am talking about.

  • Disco

    Worked a treat – you seriously rock the phat one

  • sharon

    yes thank you so much

  • work with windowslive too!!!



  • thalinette

    is it supposed to work with Ipod touch too? After the verifying step, it appears that I have two server and and not only one place where to put “”. so I a little bit lost

    thanks for your help

  • Dean

    Thanks for this 🙂 I’m a newb when it comes to my iPhone and this was easy to read, easy to understand, and it worked great.

  • Jen

    Thanks all good and it works.

  • altalt

    tha nks

  • jez

    So easy and so simple. I am rubbish with technology but this was easy thanks to you clever people!!!! 5 stars!!!.

  • Garmt

    It doesn’t work with mine, it says it’s unable to check my account information 🙁

  • Ty

    What setting do I change to leave copies on the hotmail server after downloading to my iPhone. I want to see them on my phone, delete them from my phone and all the emails still be there when I log on from my PC.

  • It’s unable to verify my account and not working as well

  • It’s unable to verify my account and not working as well

  • Ifraz

    tried this with my account and it does not load up any of my emails. Is this because it should only work with Live?

  • stephen hallett


    i note that others are having similar problems. I have done everything as the instructions and it just comes up with ‘Exchange account unable to verify account information’
    What do I do now

  • Julie

    I have everything verified and set up, it just will NOT send emails no matter what! Help!!

  • Update DECEMBER 10 2011: This does not work on the current iphone version 4.1 or later for those who have a live mail account. I have a student live mail account and at after (step 4), it asked for my Exchange password. No matter what you put in the box it will never be correct, so stop, and don’t waste your time. Find another website solution because THIS ONE DOES NOT WORK ANYMORE.

  • I did everything you said ^^^^^ but I keep getting a message to type in my Exchange Hotmail password, so I type in my hotmail password, then I get the message, cannot connect, incorrect password……………helppppppppppppp

  • Nathan Wekema

    It does work! Even for addresses.
    I found a different manual anywhere else, but that didn’t work, this one does!

    Thanks a lot.

  • Anonymous

    My iPhone only shows the lastest 3 messages whereas it showed them all until I deleted them

  • Stephanie Rodriguez

    after i go through all these steps it then tells me

    Enter the password for the Hotmail account “Exchange”

    what is it that i am suppose to put there?

  • why my hot mail account not working? can anybody help me in this problem..

  • JohnJGuy

    This is a useful piece of information since that recently started having problems with the e-mail on the Iphone.

    Hopefully should be able to reset it.

  • çok tşkler …::):)

  • it worked perfectly

  • saleem

    I am receiving my mail but cant reply or send new messages. outgoing mail server error

  • disqus_NDd1Ky6Szw

    It just does not work!!
    I am extremely unhappy with
    hotmail as it keeps saying cannot connect to server,

    • Denise


  • Denise

    I am still getting the connection to the server failed!!

  • Tracey

    Brilliant!! Thank you xx

  • disqus_tvwsdwHuBm

    works for windowslive accounts too cheers:)

  • Nick

    FINALLY simple explanation! THANK YOU

  • Cynamin

    I did this immediately when I got my Iphone 5. The thing that makes me mad is if I’m on my laptop in my Apple Mail and delete the message it is still on my iphone unread! I have gmail set up as well and this doesn’t happen, it actually syncs with my Iphone. Can someone help remedy this issue with my hotmail?