How to Access Free Windows Live Hotmail via POP

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You don't need a Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscription, though, to download incoming Windows Live Hotmail messages to any desktop email program — or another web-based email service perhaps if it supports fetching mail — using the tried and true post office protocol (POP). Of course, you can send mail using your Windows Live Hotmail address from that email program, too.

To Access a Windows Live Hotmail Account in Any Desktop Email Program

  • Create a new account using the following settings:
  • POP (incoming) server: pop3.live.com
  • POP port: 995
  • POP SSL required: yes
  • POP user name: your complete Windows Live Hotmail address (including "@hotmail.com", "@live.com", etc.)
  • POP password: your Windows Live Hotmail password
  • SMTP (outgoing) server: smtp.live.com
  • SMTP port: 25
    • If you run into problems sending mail, try "587" for the SMTP port instead.
  • SMTP SSL required: yes
  • SMTP authentication: yes
  • SMTP username: your full Windows Live Hotmail email address
  • SMTP password: your Windows Live Hotmail password

Note that free POP access is currently only available to users in

  • Australia
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • the Netherlands
  • Spain
  • the United States and
  • the United Kingdom.

In any other country, you may need that Windows Live Hotmail Plus subscription after all.