How to Sync Your Hotmail Account With macOS Mail

Read your Hotmail emails on your Mac

What to Know

  • In Mail, select Mail > Add Account > Other Mail Account > Continue.
  • Enter your name, Hotmail email address, and password. Select Sign In.
  • Make sure to select Mail and Notes in the list of available services.

This article explains how to receive messages sent to your Hotmail email address with macOS Mail. While Hotmail is discontinued, users with Hotmail email addresses can still retrieve messages from, which Mail can access automatically.

Set Up Mail on Your Mac for Hotmail

If you have an active Hotmail email address, you can set it up quickly in Mac Mail.

  1. Select the Mail icon on your Mac's Dock. (It can also be found in Launchpad or the Applications folder.)

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

    The Add Account selection from Mail in the Mac toolbar
  3. Select Other Mail Account in the screen that opens, then choose 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. Choose 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 all available Mailboxes. Choose 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 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. website in a web browser with Sign In highlighted
  2. Where the sign-in screen says "No account? Create one," choose Create one.

    Microsoft Sign In screen with Create one highlighted
  3. On the Create Account screen, select Get a new email address. Then enter your desired email address in the format by typing a name and selecting from the drop-down arrow that appears to the right of the name field. You may have to try several times to find an email address that isn't taken. Choose Next.

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

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

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

    Microsoft Create account screen with CAPTCHA code
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How to See if Your Hotmail Account Is Still Active

If you have a working Hotmail email address, your mailbox is located at Check to ensure your account is active. If you haven't used your Hotmail email address for over a year, it may have been deactivated.

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

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