How to Forward Windows Live Hotmail to Gmail

Keep both inboxes, but tweak the delivery

Screenshot of emails in the Outlook.com inbox folder
Outlook Mail.

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

Microsoft replaced Hotmail with Outlook.com in early 2013. Outlook.com users may continue to send and receive email using their Hotmail addresses.

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

  1. Log in to your Outlook.com account.

  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 > 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 Gmailify 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 services at least once every three months. Some email providers delete inactive accounts, including the mail and folders they contain.