How to Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail

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You can add all of your Windows Live Hotmail folders to macOS Mail or just send and receive mail. (Not sure of your email address?)

Is macOS Mail Mightier than the Browser?

Web access to Windows Live Hotmail account is great, but I also like the power and flexibility of Apple Mac OS X Mail, my preferred desktop email client.

Fortunately, an elegant way combines both worlds. You can download Windows Live Hotmail messages to Mac OS X Mail, send mail – and even access all your online folders.

Access Windows Live Hotmail in macOS Mail Using IMAP

To configure access to a Windows Live Hotmail account in macOS Mail and OS X Mail:

  1. Select Mail | Preferences from the menu in macOS Mail.
  2. Go to the Accounts category.
  3. Click + beneath the accounts list.
  4. Make sure ​Other Mail Account… is selected under Choose a Mail account provider….
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Make sure your name (as you want it to appear in the From: line of emails you send using the Windows Live Hotmail address) is entered under Name:.
  7. Type your Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g., "example@hotmail.com") under Email Address:.
  8. Type your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  9. Click Sign in.
  10. Make sure Mail is checked under Select the apps you want to use with this account:.
    • You can enabled Notes as well to have the Notes application synchronize notes using your Windows Live Hotmail account.
  1. Click Done.

Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail 3 Using POP

To set up a Windows Live Hotmail account in Mac OS X Mail using POP (which lets you fetch new incoming mail easily):

  1. Select Mail | Preferences from the Mac OS X Mail menu.
  2. Go to the Accounts category.
  1. Click + ("Create an account.") button.
  2. Enter your name under Full Name:.
  3. Type your Windows Live Hotmail address (something like "example@hotmail.com") under Email Address:.
  4. Type your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Make sure POP is selected under Account Type:.
  7. Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" (or something similar) as the Description: for this account.
  8. Type "pop3.live.com" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming Mail Server:.
  9. Enter your complete Windows Live Hotmail address ("example@hotmail.com", for example) under User Name:.
  10. Click Continue.
  11. Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" under Description: for Outgoing Mail Server.
  12. Type "smtp.live.com" under Outgoing Mail Server:.
  13. Make sure Use Authentication is checked.
  14. Enter your full Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under User Name:.
  15. Type your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  16. Click Continue.
  17. Now click Create.
  18. Close the Accounts window.

Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail Using IMAP via IzyMail

To set up a Windows Live Hotmail account in Mac OS X Mail using IMAP (which allows seamless access to all your online folders) via IzyMail:

  1. Make sure your Windows Live Hotmail or MSN Hotmail account is registered with IzyMail.
  1. Choose Mail | Preferences from the Mac OS X Mail menu.
  2. Go to Accounts.
  3. Use the + ("Create an account.") button.
  4. Enter your name under Full Name:.
  5. Type your Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under Email Address:.
  6. Enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Make sure IMAP is selected under Account Type:.
  9. Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" (or something else explanatory) as the Description: for this account.
  10. Type "in.izymail.com" (not including the quotation marks) under Incoming Mail Server:.
  11. Enter your complete Windows Live Hotmail address ("example@hotmail.com", for instance) under User Name:.
  1. Click Continue.
  2. Enter "Windows Live Hotmail" under Description: for Outgoing Mail Server.
  3. Type "out.izymail.com" under Outgoing Mail Server:.
  4. Make sure Use Authentication is checked.
  5. Enter your full Windows Live Hotmail address (e.g. "example@hotmail.com") under User Name:.
  6. Now enter your Windows Live Hotmail password under Password:.
  7. Click Continue.
  8. Click Create.
  9. Close the Accounts window.

Access Windows Live Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail via MacFreePOPs

MacFreePOPs allows you to download mail from free Windows Live Hotmail accounts in Mac OS X Mail in yet another useful way.

(Tested October 2016 with OS X Mail 1-10)