How to Forward Windows Live Hotmail to Gmail

Keep both inboxes, but tweak the delivery

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A simple account-forward setting in your Outlook.com account will send copies of all your email to Gmail, while still preserving your Outlook.com account for future use.

Microsoft closed Hotmail in early 2013, but it moved all Hotmail users to Outlook.com where they may continue to send and receive email using their Hotmail addresses.

How to Forward Hotmail or Outlook.com to Gmail

To redirect all your new incoming Outlook.com mail to your Gmail account automatically:

  1. Log on to your email account using Outlook.com.

  2. Click the Settings icon at the top of the screen (it resembles a cog). At the bottom of the Settings pane, click View all Outlook settings to launch a full-screen settings window.

  3. Select Mail and then Forwarding from the two left navigation panes to expose the forwarding-address setting.

    Outlook.com Forwarding window.
  4. Check the Enable forwarding box and type your Gmail address in the box. To preserve a copy of the message in your Outlook.com account, select Keep a copy of forwarded messages. If you leave this setting unchecked, Outlook will redirect without saving.

Gmailify as an Alternative to Forwarding

Instead of forwarding from Outlook.com, you can also import Outlook.com into Gmail using the Gmailify service. From within Gmail, the Gmailify tool supports account-import and send-as features, so you'll still be able to respond to Outlook.com emails as your Outlook.com email address, but from within Gmail's familiar interface.

Visit each of your email clients at least once every three months. Accounts that are not used for many months are considered inactive accounts, and they will eventually be deleted. Any mail and folders they contain are then lost to you.