How to set up a Hotmail account on iPhone

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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…

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 > Accounts & Passwords > 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: A login page will appear on your screen. First, enter you email address and tap Next.

Enter Hotmail email address

Step 4: Enter your Hotmail email password, and tap Sign in.

Enter your Hotmail password

Step 5: Tap Yes to confirm you want to give permission to iOS to access your data.

Allow Outlook access to your data

Step 6: 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 Save.

Hotmail email contacts calendars on iPhone

Step 7: Go to the Mail application on your iPhone. Your newly created Hotmail account should be available there.

Additional notes: 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  > Accounts & Passwords > Outlook > 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. 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.