Syncing Your Hotmail Account With MacOS Mail

Read your Hotmail emails on your Mac

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If you thought Hotmail was a thing of the past, you were right ... sort of. Although Microsoft discontinued the service years ago and replaced it with Outlook.com, many users still have Hotmail addresses, and it is even possible to get a new Hotmail address. Users access their Hotmail addresses in their Outlook.com mail screen, and Outlook.com can be set up to copy the Hotmail email it receives to macOS Mail automatically.

Information is this article applies to the Mail app in the following operating systems: macOS Catalina (10.15), macOS Mojave (10.14), macOS High Sierra (10.13), and macOS Sierra (10.12)

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Linking Current Hotmail Accounts to Apple Mail

If you already have a working Hotmail email address, your mailbox is located at Outlook.com. Check there first to make sure your account is still active. If you haven't used your Hotmail email address for a year or so, it may have been deactivated.

Log in to Outlook.com with your Hotmail email address and password. Confirm your Hotmail email address is active. If you don't see it, it probably isn't. Don't worry. You can set up a new Hotmail address.

Setting Up Mail on Your Mac for Hotmail

If you have an active Hotmail email address, you can set it up quickly in Mac Mail. If you don't have a Hotmail account yet, sign up for one first.

  1. Click the Mail icon on your Mac's Dock.

    Mail icon in the Mac Dock
  2. From the Mail menu, select Add Account.

    The Add Account selection from Mail in the toolbar
  3. Select Other Mail Account in the screen that opens and click Continue. Depending on your macOS version, you may have to select Mail Account in the next screen.

    Other Mail Account in the Mail Add Account process
  4. Enter your name, Hotmail email address, and password in the fields provided for them. Select Sign In.

    Entering login and password information for new Mail account
  5. Leave Mail and Notes checked in the list of available services. Click Done.

    Feature options for a new Mail account.
  6. Look in the Mailbox sidebar at the left of the Mail window. Open the Inbox if it is closed by clicking the arrow next to it to see the available Mailboxes. Click the new Hotmail mailbox to access your Hotmail account in Mail. If it is a new account, you'll have only a welcoming email. If it is an older account, the number next to Hotmail in the Mailboxes list indicates the number of emails in the inbox.

    New Hotmail Mailbox in Mac Mail

You can read and respond to mail and send new mail using your Hotmail email address from inside the Mail application on your Mac.

How to Get a New Hotmail Account

If you don't have a Hotmail address, it isn't too late to get one. Microsoft considers Hotmail to be legacy email, but the company still supports it. To sign up for a new Hotmail account:

  1. Go to Microsoft.com in a browser and click Sign In at the top of the website to open a sign-in window, but don't sign in even if you have an account.

    Microsoft.com website in a web browser
  2. Where the sign-in screen says "No account? Create one," click Create one.

    Microsoft Sign in screen
  3. On the Create Account screen, enter your desired email address in the format Username@hotmail.com and select @hotmail.com from the drop-down arrow that appears at the right of the name field. You may have to try several times to find an email address that isn't already taken. Click Next.

    Microsoft Create account screen
  4. Enter a password for your new Hotmail account and select Next.

    Microsoft Create a password screen
  5. Enter your first and last names, your country, and birthday in subsequent windows, clicking Next after filling in the requested information in each screen.

    Microsoft What's your name? screen
  6. Enter the CAPTCHA code and click Next to create your account.

    Microsoft Create account screen
  7. Outlook.com opens on your new Outlook Mail screen. 

    Outlook.com mail screen in a browser