How to Access Free Windows Mail in Gmail

Manage your account with Gmail

Windows Live Hotmail was discontinued, but users still have access to a free Windows Mail account. However, if you're concerned that the service will be discontinued, you may want to set up a separate account through a different email client and start funneling your Windows Mail message through that account. Gmail is a good option. 

You can access your Windows Mail in Gmail to consolidate accounts in one universal inbox, for example, or to feed the Gmail spam filter some additional junk.

Access Free Windows Mail in Gmail

To set up Windows Mail account for sending and receiving mail in Gmail:

  1. From your Gmail inbox screen, select Settings (gear icon).

    Gmail inbox with the Settings icon (gear) highlighted
  2. Select See all settings.

    Gmail settings with "See all settings" highlighted
  3. Select the Accounts and Import tab.

    Gmail settings with "Accounts and Import" tab highlighted
  4. Next to Check mail from other accounts, select Add a mail account.

    Gmail Account settings with "Add a mail account" highlighted
  5. Enter your Windows Mail email address and click Next.

    Gmail "Add email address" window with the Email field and "next" highlighted
  6. Select Link accounts with Gmailify, then click Next.

    Gmail mail migration window with "Link account with Gmailify" highlighted

    Linking with Gmailify allows you to access many of Gmail's features with your other email address. You can also opt to "Import email from my other account" and then manually enter your email settings.

  7. Enter your email password, then select Sign in.

    Gmail migration window with password field and "Sign in" highlighted
  8. You'll see a message that your Windows Mail account is now "Gmailified," meaning linked to your Gmail. You can now manage your Windows Mail account (sending and receiving) through Gmail. Select Close to continue.

    Gmail settings screen with message that an account has successfully been Gmailified
  9. To unlink your account, go back to your Gmail account settings at any time and select Unlink.

    Gmail account settings screen with "Unlink" highlighted
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