Windows Live Hotmail POP Settings

Download Hotmail Messages With These Server Settings

Students in a classroom
Roy Mehta/Iconica/Getty Images

Windows Live Hotmail was Microsoft's free web-based email service, designed to be accessed via the web, from any machine on the internet, independent from ISPs like America OnLine (AOL). 

Microsoft phased out Hotmail and eventually replaced it with a new email system called Windows Live Hotmail. The Windows Live brand was discontinued in 2012.

Around that same time, Microsoft introduced, which was essentially a rebranding of Windows Live Hotmail with an updated user interface and improved features.

Thus, Outlook is now the official name of Microsoft's email service.

Important: To enable POP, you might have to first log on to your email through Outlook Mail and then enable POP through the POP and IMAP section of the settings. Just use your regular Hotmail email address to log in through that link.

Windows Live Hotmail POP Settings

The Windows Live Hotmail POP server settings to download incoming messages to your email program is the exact same as the POP server settings, and are accessible through the POP and IMAP area of through the link above.

Use these settings when connecting your email client to your Hotmail account:

  • Hotmail POP server address:
  • Hotmail POP user name: Your full email address (not an alias)
  • Hotmail POP Password: Your password
  • Hotmail POP port: 995
  • Hotmail POP Encryption method: SSL
  • Hotmail POP TLS/SSL encryption required: yes

    Important: Don't forget that you also need the SMTP server settings for Hotmail so you can send mail to the email client.