fixed : set IMAP eMail for Hotmail.com, Live.com and Outlook.com on iPhone/iPad

Question :

I would like to setup my Hotmail-eMail on my iPhone, but rather as an IMAP-account than as the usual POP-account.

Is there any way to do that in iOS ?

Answer :

Yes, IMAP eMail has finally come to Hotmail.com, Live.com and Outlook.com eMail.

To set up a Hotmail/Live/Outlook-eMail account on your iPhone/iPad, do this :

note : instructions for setting-up Hotmail/Live/Outlook-eMail on MacOSX can be found here.

if you’re running iOS 7 [ scroll down for iOS 6 and iOS 4.2.1 ] :

1- open the Settings app, go to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and in the “ACCOUNTS” chapter, click on “Add Account”

2- in the window that opens, click on “Outlook.com”

3- in the next window,  type your Hotmail/Live/Outlook-eMail address, your Password and any Description you like, then click “Next”

4- in the window that follows, select the options you want (at least keep “Mail” switched “ON”) and click “Save”

That’s it… congratulations ! 😉

if you’re running iOS 6 [ scroll down for iOS 4.2.1 ] :

1- open the Settings app, go to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and in the “Accounts” chapter, click on “Add Account”

2- in the window that opens, click on “Microsoft Hotmail”

3- in the next window,  type your Hotmail/Live/Outlook-eMail address, your Password and any Description you like, then click “Next”

4- in the window that follows, select the options you want (at least keep “Mail” switched “ON”) and click “Save”

That’s it… congratulations ! 😉

if you’re running iOS 4.2.1 (if you’re on an iPhone 3G ; iOS5.5 instructions for iPad 1 are expected to be very similar) :

1- open the Settings app, go to “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” and in the “Accounts” chapter, click on “Add Account”

2- in the window that opens, click on “Microsoft Exchange”

3- in the next window,  type the following :

at “Email” type your Hotmail/Live/Outlook-eMail address

at “Domain” type hotmail.com (if you have a Hotmail.com-eMail address)

at “Domain” type live.com (if you have a Live.com-eMail address)

at “Domain” type outlook.com (if you have an Outlook.com-eMail address)

at “Username” type your Hotmail/Live/Outlook-eMail address

at “Password” type your Hotmail/Live/Outlook-Password

and at “Description” type any description you like

then click “Next”

4- then the same window updates and an extra chapter appears named “Server”, it will be  automatically filled out with either m.hotmail.com or m.outlook.com ( and probably sometimes even m.live.com ) ; don’t bother, just click “Next”

5- in the window that follows, select the options you want (at least keep “Mail” switched “ON”) and click “Save”

That’s it… congratulations ! 😉

Note : if you want to change the settings of your Hotmail/Live/Outlook-accont in iOS, open the Settings app and go to “Mail, contacts, Calendars”, there you can click on the eMail-account you want to edit, and you will be able to change things like :

• “Mail Folders to Push” ; which mailboxes (besides your Inbox, so your Sent or even your Trash maybe) to Push (= auto-update) to your iPhone/iPad

• “Mail Days to Sync” ; how many days ‘backwards in time’ you want your iPhone/iPad to sync to Hotmail/Live/Outlook

• do you also want to sync your Contacts and/or Calendars to Hotmail/Live/Outlook ?

• do you want to change specific settings of the account itself ? (like the Server, SSL on/off, the Description, etc.)

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4 thoughts on “fixed : set IMAP eMail for Hotmail.com, Live.com and Outlook.com on iPhone/iPad

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  3. Hi, this is great thank you I managed to set up my hotmail account on my (very) old iPhone3 Today though, a load of messages disappeared, going back about 6 months. I looked for the mail days to sync tab but my phone does not have that menu. Do you know if there is another way to set this and stop the mail vanishing. Many thanks.

    Hi, I’m so pleased to have found this page! I’ve set up my hotmail and calendar and it was all working perfectly on my lovely old 3G iPhone!
    However…. Today when I opened the email app, six months of inbox emails disappeared in front of my eyes! I deleted and reinstalled the email account in settings but the emails are still missing. I know the iPhone 4 does have an option in advanced settings to set ‘mails days to sync’ NEVER but the 3G doesn’t have this option. Any idea what I can do to stop this happening (or where my emails have gone?). Thank you 😊

    • @claire :

      Good to hear you’ve got your ‘good old’ iPhone 3G up and running again.
      back in the days of iOS4.2.1 (the max for the iPhone 3G), Hotmail-compatibility was still (intentionally ?) problematic…
      aside from that, since the Samsung ARM processor at the core of the iPhone 3G wasn’t as capable as the newer and current iPhone-processors, it iOS4 lacked the ability to run multiple apps at the same time
      on top of that, the total ‘disk’ (or rather ‘flash memory’) capacity of the iPhone 3G was only 8GB or 16GB, so iOS4 and earlier would try to prevent apps from unnecessarily occupying ‘disk memory’ by limiting their capabilities…
      I’m not sure (iOS4 was succeeded by iOS5 nearly 5 years ago and a lot has changed since), but I assume that automatically preventing the iOS Mail.app to limit the amount of ‘old’ eMails that could be preserved on the iPhone was one of the ‘sacrifices’ that had to be made…

      But loosing the old Hotmail-eMails on your iPhone doesn’t mean you lost them in your (online) Hotmail account, does it ?
      So you should be able to go online, log into Hotmail.com, find the most important ‘old’ eMails there and forward them to yourself again, so they will say in our ‘visible’ inbox for a little longer…

      Hope this helps
      Good Luck !
      😉

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