How to set up a Hotmail account on iPhone

By , Feb 21, 2014

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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

Set up Hotmail on iPhone

Step 2: Select 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.

Add hotmail to iPhone

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.

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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.

set up hotmail for iphone

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.

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  • Virus

    Thought Hotmail was renamed to Outlook last year

    • Sebastien

      Yes, this is what I say in paragraph 2

  • Tommy

    Lol really. Never knew someone would actually ask a question like that as all mail setups are the same. Next we’ll have people asking how to change the camera to video mode.

    • Sebastien

      Have a look at paragraph #4 :)

      • Tommy

        Oops. Sorry sir. My bad.

  • Sputnik09

    Hotmail its so… so 1999

    • Sebastien

      Don’t tell that to my mom, or she’s gonna be upset. She always thought she was so high tech, haha

      • Sputnik09

        Seriously Seb, I can’t avoid to quiver when someone gives me she/his ancient Hotmail address. :-P

      • sanjeev chahar

        i too use hotmail and i feel it is bit faster than gmail or any other mail service

    • True Dee

      I thought this too. After giving it a go, I find it quite enjoyable to use. I then bought a cheap Windows phone (Nokia Lumia 521) to replace a lost phone. Great value for the phone and works well. Outlook account is required to use the phone but I think Window’s products works seamlessly and with better features (like 10 free GB of OneDrive) than other systems. Hotmail has come a long way.

  • Jonathan

    Before you go on saying this is stupid and dumb and everyone knows it. I quote from above for those too lazy to read it:

    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.

    Have some respect for iDownloadBlog, people. Different posts are for different people.

  • Patrik Parlesák

    hey, can you show me how to set outlook on mac? thanks :)

  • abdullah575

    are we kids??? no every body know that!!

    • AMB_07

      Not everyone is as cool as you

    • Jonathan

      Too lazy to read as far as paragraph 4?

  • Tom

    Tim Cook does not have a Hotmail account!

  • on3simpleclick

    Yeah, this isn’t new news at all. I’ve been doing this for quite a while. The mail app supports a lot of providers, as long as they support POP3 or IMAP, then you can add the account on your iDevice.

  • tstsr6

    My hotmail account is now my spam account

  • Yanni

    Thank you so much, I have been struggling with my emails for months and now they are working properly!!!!!

  • Fritzie Basco Aquino

    Not working for me at these days. Please advise. Thank you.

  • Ral gem

    Funk no funca the bitch

  • catb

    Thank you so much Sebastien this was really helpful. Dont you just hate smart arses when it comes to tech speak?!! For gods sake get out of your own backsides!!

  • Carl

    Doesn’t recognise my username or password. I’ve changed my password several times to make sure but still doesn’t pick it up. Any troubleshooting ideas.

    • D K

      If your two-step verification feature is on, go into your outlook account, tap “security & password” and scroll down to turn off the two step verification. After that, go through the above process again. Hope this helps.

      • Chica

        I am having the same problem and I don’t have two step verification on. It says unable to verify account information

      • Mark

        This helped. Maybe I’l start clearing all the junk out now its on my phone!

  • Niyi Makinde

    Still not working for me. I have an account and not hotmail.

  • Jason

    My iPhone tells me that my password is incorrect, and thus can’t sign in to my email. However, I’ve tried many, many times and it’s DEFINITELY correct. How can one navigate around this problem?

  • Marion H Brockie

    I wish it was that easy. Have Hotmail on my trusty PC but iPad and phone (LG2) says my password is incorrect. Have tried changing my password several times but that is NOT the problem

    • Danette Riddle

      here’s what you have to do – you need an app password from microsoft (just google microsoft app password and it will tell you how).

      do as above instructions except instead of using your normal password for the setting up mail, use the new app password.

      works. just did it. irritating, but that’s the solution.

      • Marion H Brockie

        I had to download something called Google Authenticator but working now, thanks x

  • Pauline

    @ D K, thanks a bunch for your help. Turning off the 2 step verification feature helped me set up my hotmail on my iphone.

  • Carl Gagnon

    This was very helpful, Thank You!

  • freehealthcareforall

    Good instructions.

  • TechChallenged

    Thanks very much! I have already wasted half a day trying other instructions that didn’t work.

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  • Becky McCasland

    Outlook will not accept my password on my iphone 6. How do I fix this?