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…
Apple added quick setup support for Microsoft’s Hotmail email service in the Mail app on iOS 5, and the Redmond company has announced that it’s seen a massive surge in Hotmail activations since the public launch of Apple’s latest mobile software.
Microsoft is seeing 100,000 new iOS 5 devices log into the email provider every day, and over 2 million users have linked their iDevices to Hotmail on iOS 5.
I remember a few years ago when the iPhone first came out, getting your Hotmail emails on the Email app was just a struggle. Then Microsoft figured it out and let its users easily set up Hotmail on the iPhone and other devices.
Adding an Hotmail account on the iPhone is going to be even easier with iOS 5 as it is now a default option, just like Gmail, Yahoo, or AOL are…
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…
Do you want to get Exchange ActiveSync for Hotmail on your iPhone? There’s not an app for that, but there is a way to do it manually… Now I don’t know who in the world still uses Hotmail besides my Mom but I figured this info might be useful to someone, which is why I’m posting it.
Setting up Exchange for Hotmail on your iPhone will allow you to keep your contacts, emails, and calendars wirelessly synced between your iPhone and the cloud.
According to LiveSide, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync support has not been officially launched but it does work for certain people.
How to install Hotmail via MicroSoft Exchange on the iPhone:
Step 1: On your iPhone, go to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > and create a new Micorsoft Exchange account.
Step 3: Go to your mail.app and you should see your new Hotmail Exchange account.
As I said above, it doesn’t work for everyone. It didn’t work for me but it did work for a friend of mine. It’s kind of a hit or miss. The good news is that Microsoft said Hotmail will support Exchange later this year.
Windows Live Hotmail now supports POP3 in a few select countries including United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.
According to SoftPedia:
First off, the POP server needs to be pop3.live.com (port 995), while the SMTP server is smtp.live.com (port 25). Users will have to provide their full Windows Live ID ([email protected]), and then the password that they have associated with the account. They have to bear in mind the fact that the Windows Live Hotmail POP3 service must use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) both with the POP and SMTP connection, as well as take advantage of SMTP authentication. Thus, users will have to specify that POP SSL and Authentication are indeed required, with the same being valid for TLS/SSL.
Sorry folks. It’s not available in the US yet! If you’re using Hotmail in the US and want to set it up on your iPhone, read my tutorial called How To Set Up Hotmail On The iPhone or check out the mBoxMail app.
I have a Hotmail Plus account so I have been able to access my hotmail account on my iPhone but I couldn’t access my folders and I had to go back to the web interface to permanently delete my mail. It was an okay solution so that I could at least read it on the go, but nFluent just came out with a new app mBoxMail [iTunes Link].
I installed it yesterday and I love this app. It is a bit pricey at $9.99 but I have to say that I didn’t even hesitate to buy it. It is very easy to setup and very intuitive and straightforward to use.
nFluent created a short demo on their web page so you can see how it works.
Here are the features of the software according to nFluent’s website:
In today’s world, your information is only as secure as your email account. There is no middle man with m•Box Mail. This application speaks directly to the Windows Live Hotmail servers so you do not have to worry about your confidential information getting stored elsewhere. Your email, user name and password are not stored outside your mobile device. Passwords are securely kept in iPhone’s key store so they do not get into the wrong hands.
Sync your Hotmail and Live Mail
Sync your Microsoft Hotmail or Live Mail to iPhone, including all the read and unread flags. All your folders also are available through m•Box Mail so you can stay organized even while on the go.
Fast and Efficient
m•Box Mail is highly optimized for mobile platforms so access to your email is the best possible experience. For example, you will be amazed at how fast your email is synced onto your iPhone.
View emailed image attachments right on your iPhone.
All your Hotmail contacts are available so addressing an email from your iPhone is now as easy as doing it from your computer.
Send from Hotmail
m•Box Mail supports sending email from your Hotmail account. Your signature also can be customized on your iPhone for outgoing messages, and you can edit your sent messages folder – keep email for review or delete them as wanted.