Yesterday I received a call from a friend asking how to set up a Hotmail email account on her new iPhone. I was actually surprised she was asking this because she already has an iPad and didn’t seem to have any problem setting up Hotmail on it.
While looking into her issue, I remembered that the Hotmail brand has been retired and replaced by Outlook, which I assume is causing a lot of confusion for people still looking for the Hotmail option in the iPhone or iPad settings.
I figured that if my friend needed instructions on how to set up Hotmail on iPhone, she probably wasn’t the only one, hence this post…
As some of you may have already figured out, this post is not for everyone. If you already know how to add Hotmail to iPhone or iPad, then just skip it, and please avoid mocking those who aren’t as technologically proficient as you are.
How to set up Hotmail on iPhone
Note that these instructions have been written for Hotmail, but the process is exactly the same whether you want to set up an Outlook, Live, or MSN account. This tutorial shows you how to do this on an iPhone, but the steps are identical on iPad.
Step 1: Go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account
Step 2: Select Outlook.com. As noted above, the process is the same whether you have a Hotmail, Live, or MSN email account.
Step 3: Enter your Hotmail email address, password, as well as a description of the account. The description will be the name of this particular email inbox in the Mail app, once you’re done with the set up. A good description would simply be “Hotmail.” Tap Next when you’re done.
Step 4: Select what Hotmail data you want to have access to on your iPhone. You can choose to sync your email, contacts, calendars, and reminders with Hotmail. By default everything is turned on. Once you have selected what you want, tap Done.
Step 5: Go to the Mail application on your iPhone. Your newly created Hotmail account should be available there.
Step 6: By default, only one week worth of emails is synced with your iPhone, but you can easily change that. To do so, go back to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Hotmail > Mail Days to Sync > and choose how many days should be synced. If you want to have access to all your emails, choose No Limit.
As you can tell, setting up Hotmail on iPhone is pretty straightforward. Remember that adding Hotmail to iPad is just as easy. Just follow the steps above and you should be up and running in no time. Maybe the most important here is to remember that Hotmail is now Outlook, and although it doesn’t change anything for you as a user, the Outlook option is the one you must choose to get Hotmail working on your iPhone.