How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Consolidate your email accounts to one application

What to Know

  • Automatic: Windows Live Mail > Options > Email accounts > Add > Email account.
  • Manual: Manually configure server settings > Next and enter the required info.
  • Windows 10 Mail: Add Account > Settings > Manage Accounts > Add Account and enter the info for your email account.

Windows Live Mail was discontinued in 2016, but instructions for adding email accounts remain here for those who still use it. Instructions for the Windows Mail app are also included.

How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Add new accounts through the interface.

  1. Select the blue Windows Live Mail button located on the top-left corner of the application window.

  2. When the menu appears, select Options and then choose Email accounts.

  3. When the Accounts dialog box appears, select the Add button.

  4. Select Email Account as the type of account you wish to add to Windows Live Mail. 

  5. Enter your email account and login credentials along with the option to set your Display name. Verify that Remember this password is selected if the computer is not shared. Uncheck this option or create multiple Windows user accounts to improve your privacy.

  6. With more than one account, to make the account you are adding the default account, select the Make this my default email account checkbox.

Manual Server Settings

Select Manually configure server settings and click Next to add an account that's not recognized. Add the information to connect to the email servers. After you enter those settings, Windows Live should be able to fetch the emails without a problem.

Add an Account to Windows Mail

On Windows 10, use the Windows Mail app. In addition, if you use your Microsoft account to sign in to your computer, that email address is already set up in the Mail app.

Accessing the Mail app and adding additional email accounts to it is simple.

  1. Type mail into the search box in the lower-right corner of the taskbar and select Mail App in the search results.

    Mail App in Windows 10 search results
  2. A welcome page appears if this is the first time you have used the Mail app. If so, select Add Account and skip to step 4. If you have used the app before, select Settings in the lower-left corner of the Mail window and choose Manage Accounts.

    Manage Accounts in Windows Mail settings
  3. Select Add Account.

    Add Account selection in Windows Mail Manage Accounts
  4. The Add an Account window opens. Choose the type of email account you want to add, such as Outlook, Google, or Yahoo.

    Add an Account window in Windows Mail
  5. Enter the sign-in information for the account and select Next.

    Sign In window in Windows Mail Add Account setup
  6. Windows Mail verifies your account information. A confirmation screen notifies you when the setup is complete.

    Account setup confirmation in Windows Mail

Supported Email Providers

As with most applications, there are some limitations to the types of servers and email providers that are supported. Windows Live Mail can support most webmail providers including, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail. 

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