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Did you sign up for an email address with Microsoft’s new email service Microsoft Rolls Out Email Service [Updates] Microsoft Rolls Out Email Service [Updates] Microsoft is finally looking to put Hotmail to rest with the introduction of their new email service called Hotmail has been a staple of many email users for a long time, and it has... Read More , or do you still have a Hotmail account you prefer? If you’re an Android user, you have several options for accessing that account on your Android phone or tablet 4 Reasons To Buy An Android Tablet Over An iPad [Opinion] 4 Reasons To Buy An Android Tablet Over An iPad [Opinion] With the iPad, Apple has a great product that is dominating the tablet market. And it's clear why. The iPad looks amazing, works really well, and has a plethora of apps available for it. The... Read More . Microsoft provides an official Hotmail app that works for addresses, too. You can also use Android’s included Email app, if you like that instead. is a worthy contender in the webmail 6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Desktop Email Clients in Favour of Web-Based Options 6 Reasons Why You Should Stop Using Desktop Email Clients in Favour of Web-Based Options I know that suggesting desktop clients have had their day around the MakeUseOf crowd is like preaching to the choir. Most of us use Gmail, our own mail servers or some form of cloud backup... Read More arena. It has come a long way Is It Time To Let Hotmail Back Into Our Hearts? [Opinion] Is It Time To Let Hotmail Back Into Our Hearts? [Opinion] Hotmail has had some seriously bad rap over the years, and is now almost universally shunned by tech professionals and bloggers. The main complaint has always been that the service is spam riddled, but is... Read More since Google overshadowed it with Gmail’s release. While and Hotmail email accounts may feel the most at home on Microsoft’s Windows Phone or Windows 8 A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface A Brief Guide To The Secrets Of The Windows 8 User Interface For most users, Windows 8 will come as something of a surprise when it is released, thanks to the unusual implementation of the Metro UI. If you’re not inclined to make use of whatever methods... Read More ecosystems, they work great on Android, too.

Hotmail App

Microsoft offers an official Android app for its email service. You can download it for free from Google Play. While the app’s name is currently “Hotmail,” it also works fine with accounts.

After downloading the app, launch it and you’ll be prompted to enter your email address and password. You can use an or email address instead of a Hotmail address.

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After configuring a few synchronization settings, you’ll see your inbox. The official Hotmail app supports a variety of features:

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Built-In Email App

Android’s included Email app supports Exchange ActiveSync accounts, and each email address also includes full Exchange ActiveSync support. You can use Android’s included email app instead of the dedicated Hotmail app, if you prefer. The email app offers all the same features of the Hotmail app above, including calendar event and contact sync, multiple inboxes, and push email.

To set up your new email account, open Android’s settings screen and tap Add Account. On older versions of Android A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] A Quick Guide To Android Versions & Updates [Android] If someone tells you they’re running Android, they’re not saying as much as you’d think. Unlike the major computer operating systems, Android is a broad OS that covers numerous versions and platforms. If you’d like... Read More , you’ll find the Add Account option under Accounts on the Settings screen.

Select the Corporate account type. On older versions of Android, this option may be named Exchange instead of Corporate.

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Enter your full email address and password when prompted.

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On the Account setup screen, add (or, if you have a Hotmail email address) to the end of the Domain\Username field.

Change the contents of the Server box to

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After configuring your synchronization settings, your account is good to go. You can view your email by launching the Email app.

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If the corporate account method doesn’t work for you, you can also select “Email” instead of “Corporate” while adding an account – Microsoft provides instructions for using POP3 and SMTP instead of Exchange ActiveSync. However, this won’t work as well, as POP3 doesn’t provide two-way synchronization of read and unread messages.

Unfortunately, does not currently support the standard IMAP protocol. As the Hotmail team said in our question and answer session with them Ask The Hotmail Development Team Anything - And They Will Answer! [Questions & Answers] Ask The Hotmail Development Team Anything - And They Will Answer! [Questions & Answers] Over the past year or so, MakeUseOf has published quite a few articles on Hotmail, the email service that everyone loves to bash. However, James has told you why we should let it back into... Read More , they’re investigating IMAP support, although they feel Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) is a better solution. Click here to read more about the differences between POP and IMAP POP vs IMAP POP vs IMAP Read More .

Have you set up an or Hotmail email account on your Android smartphone or tablet? How’d it work for you? Did you run into any snags not mentioned here? Leave a comment and share your experience!

  1. bill
    April 30, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Yes ! After so many online searches resulted in generic ideas, THIS article finally resolved my question re: Android phone settings for hotmail account.

    Thank you ! My incoming mail just stopped one day so now i've reset my exchange server to

    That did the trick.

  2. Whitney Lopez
    August 20, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    I set up my Hotmail using the email app but it only shows my new emails not all the old emails I have in my inbox. How do I get these to show up? Thank you

  3. Julie
    April 23, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    I added my hotmail account and it brings my alias emails into a subfolder (which is fine). If I want to send an email using my alias, though, I have to add the alias address as another account. When I do this ALL of my emails (from my primary account) show up in both my primary hotmail inbox and my alias inbox. Is there a way to send from my alias without having to add its email address as a new account or is there a setting I can choose so that only emails sent to my alias address show up in the inbox for that alias? Hope that makes sense.

  4. Paul B
    April 7, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    I had someone "re-boot" my tablet around CHristmas time. Since then, I can access anything before that-and now it looks like I can't get to anything older than 1 month. Anyone ever experience this and how do I get around that?

  5. Maria
    February 9, 2015 at 1:45 pm

    For those having issues with "authentication failed" you MUST enable POP on your Hotmail account from your PC BEFORE installing on your phone. By default Microsoft sets it as Disable. Login to your Hotmail from your PC and go into Settings - then sellect Connect devices and apps with POP - and Enable it.

    I have been trying to add Hotmail to my phone for 6months and am now able to use Hotmail on my phone

  6. katie
    December 19, 2014 at 2:29 am

    after all those steps i keep getting the message, couldnt finish set up- authentication failed.......why am i getting this message nd how can i fix it??? help please

  7. smoore
    January 24, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for this, however my android says "couldn't open connection to server". Any ideas where I've gone wrong (yes it is connected to the internet),

  8. Nathan
    January 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

    The simple way to do it is by following the steps in this article: It works equally well with Outlook. I've done it easily with both.

  9. Yona
    January 7, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    I tried this with K9 but I could not get it to work. Are there in instructions on how this is done. Anyone here who has set it up on K9?

  10. Katherine
    December 24, 2012 at 1:11 pm

    I receive all my emails of my Hotmail account on my Hotmail app (I have now deleted it and I'm using my phone's email app, Samsung Galaxy 2) but can't reply directly from it (either of them). I don't know what to do!

  11. simon
    December 9, 2012 at 11:33 am

    I have done everything to set up my hotmail on my Nexus tablet but each time, i get stuck on the synchronisation step i.e. it synchronizes for ever. Help

  12. HNK
    November 26, 2012 at 2:31 am

    My Hotmail was working fine on my Samsung Galaxy SIII at first, but then it stopped. I couldn't fix it, so I deleted the account and reconnected. Fine...for about two weeks when it died again, just stopped syncing with no errors. Couldn't fix, so repeated the above process. Fine for a couple weeks again, then stopped, again.

    I tried a couple of fixes I found via a Google search, one very much like this one, and it didn't work. Your fix had all the info I needed! Thank you!! (We'll see if it lasts more than a few weeks, but it seems like it should, all things considered.)

    One note of clarification: I followed these instructions, but chose to add a new email account and connect via Exchange. That failed. You really do mean it when you say to choose Exchange/Corporate, not email! I didn't quite understand that at first.

    Great job.

  13. DW
    November 25, 2012 at 4:46 pm


    After hours of phaffing about and searching the net email worked 1st time using this guide.

    5 stars

  14. Greg
    November 8, 2012 at 11:35 pm

    I downloaded the ap on my Samsung G3- then the program on my computer - then tried to enter my company email address/pw into the ap ( - it won't accept, says "Sign in incorrect....invalid email address or password"........any ideas?

    • Chris Hoffman
      November 10, 2012 at 3:22 pm

      This is for Hotmail and if you have an Exchange account with your company, you'll need to follow a different process and specify a different Exchange server.

      If you have an IMAP or POP3 account, you can access it in the standard, included Email app on Android.

  15. Oliver
    October 18, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    Hi Chris,
    I'm new to android and I'm using the buit-in mail app of my android tablet (4.0.3).
    There is one problem with this app - maybe you can help with a hint: when opening the sent folder I can see that I have sent the mails showing up there - but I rather would like to see to whom I sent these mails. How can I manage not to see my address but the recipient's address in the sent folder?

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 21, 2012 at 9:10 pm

      I use the Gmail app instead of the Mail app, so I've never run into this. I looked into it for you and this seems to be a known bug with the Mail app:

      That really should be fixed. Unfortunately, it looks like only Google can fix this.

  16. Micky Mirila
    October 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    Check out Emoze Secure PushMail application.
    With Emoze you can easily synchronize multiple email accounts simultaneously as well as your ?contacts, calendar events ?and sub-folders. ?
    Emoze provides a complete secure experience, enabling you, among other things, to remotely ?locate, lock, and wipe ?the data on the device if lost or stolen.?
    The application is available free of charge.

  17. hoard
    October 9, 2012 at 1:35 am

    what is the difference in functionality for EAS on android non-hotmail-app between the "m" and "snt-m" subdomains?

    • Chris Hoffman
      October 21, 2012 at 9:08 pm

      I actually have no idea, all i know is this method works.

  18. suks
    September 2, 2012 at 11:22 am


  19. rama moorthy
    September 2, 2012 at 10:45 am

    Waiting for it .. and now got .. previously used browser to log in!.

  20. Felix . De Jesus
    September 1, 2012 at 2:52 am

    In my case don't work. "Can't Connect to the Server". I have my e-mail and password right, and I don't have any idea of why isn't working.

    • carobnica
      September 8, 2012 at 12:49 am

      I have same problem-can't connect to server" problem-out of the blue for no reason. My transformer prime tablet set up & worked with the built in email at first. A month or 2 later stopped working & haven't been able to fix it since. It's REALLY annoying! Used to work so update did this? can't even repair or reinstall this..all other issues I ever had I fixed, except this one :(

  21. João Roriz
    August 31, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Acho mais fácil direcionar seus emails para o gmail...

  22. Michael Kuo
    August 30, 2012 at 11:01 pm

    Thanks for the info on setting up hotmail with the built-in email app. The Hotmail app is too buggy for my taste (shuts down, not FCs, when switching to different folders... and also the problems mentioned above).

    It's great to be able to use the built-in one for aesthetic consistency :)

  23. Ashok Sundar
    August 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Nice informative, like to give a try....

  24. Vampie C.
    August 30, 2012 at 8:48 am

    THis is cool.

    I recently installed the native app from hotmail.

    But it's better to use the built in app.

    Thanks for the tutorial :-)

  25. Luca
    August 28, 2012 at 10:44 pm

    No need for an app. Just surf gmail in the browser, settings, "Accounts and Import", in the section "Send mail as:" click "Add another email address you own" and follow the wizard. you will be able to receive emails from / send emails with the addresses you specified. You can add up to 6 different addresses. Depending on how many emails you receive, I suggest to set up also filters and labels.

    • Tug Ricks
      August 29, 2012 at 1:47 am

      Thanks! Ever heard the song by Suzanne Vega? Ah???

      • Quebec Twosix
        August 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

        Ahhhh,Suzanne Vega, the Queen of the MP3 ...

    • Quebec Twosix
      August 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

      You can also use the default mail app installed in ICS & JellyBean, following the process of adding a new account ...

      Don't forget
      POP3 -
      IMAP -
      AES -

      Hopefully this helps


      • Chris Hoffman
        September 25, 2012 at 1:28 am

        Does Hotmail actually support IMAP? From what I understand, it doesn't.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 25, 2012 at 1:28 am

      That works, if you'd like to connect your account to Gmail

  26. Arthur
    August 28, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    In answer to the questions,

    Firstly I have not heard of either Hotmail, or Outlook.Com wiping any phones. If the telephone connects to a corporate Exchange server, then I would expect the ability for a corporate admin to wipe the phone should it have been lost or stolen. This functionality is nothing new and was originally introduced for Exchange 2007, as an improvement to security. Plus it also stops the loss of corporate data - Sarbains Oxley ect.

    If you have migrated your Hotmail account to Outlook.Com, then your original account will have been migrated as an alias, which means that your e-mail is delivered to your Outlook inbox, but then moved into the alias folder. It would appear that in order to read your mail you have two options.
    1. Scroll down to the folder, and read your mail or
    2. Log-into Outlook.Com using a web browser, and
    * click on the options button (cog in the top right corner) clicking on "more mail settings".
    * Under "Customize Outlook" click "Rules for sorting new messages"
    * Here you will see the rules that have been applied automatically to your e-mail account. If you wish to read all your mail in a single inbox then select the rule that moves messages into the alias-inbox and click delete.
    **Please note, that this will deliver your mail to the Outlook inbox, and you will then need to move your mail manually to the alias.

    As my partner has established several "alias accounts" she chooses to select the given folder.

    If you are using Outlook to read then you also need to be aware that by default it uses Exchange ActiveSync (AES) and that the server is "" or "" - I have also seen "" used.

    Currently you are also able to read your mail using POP3, and IMAP using the following

    A word to the wise, if you want to alter/modify your Outlook.Com account details, and have the MS Office Outlook e-mail client open you need to close this before you log-in using the web app; otherwise you will not be able to change certain elements of the account details (namely rules ect)

    Hopefully this helps


    • Xavier
      September 1, 2012 at 1:50 pm

      Regarding aliases:
      I'm using the native email client in ICS and have yet to figure out a way to send messages using a Hotmail alias in the From field. Any suggestions?

      (This is possible in Windows Live on the desktop by adding email accounts with dummy incoming server settings and the usual Hotmail outgoing server settings)

  27. Fritz
    August 28, 2012 at 5:07 pm

    I'm adding it to the android side of my Nook Color; I already have apps for gmail and yahoo mail, might as well complete the trilogy. Don't see it replacing gmail for everyday use, though.

    • Quebec Twosix
      August 29, 2012 at 6:40 am

      You can use the default mail app built into ICS & JellyBean

  28. Maddie
    August 28, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Great! This worked for my main account perfectly! Thanks. But what about the alias account I have set up through my new outlook username?

    • Quebec Twosix
      August 29, 2012 at 6:41 am

      Maddie, I've posted something below that may help answer your question ... If you need more information please give me a shout ..

  29. KWF
    August 28, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Unfortunately, using the Hotmail app I am unable to edit/add anything for a Hotmail contact besides their name. Can't enter/edit an email address, phone number or address. Besides that huge oversight, the email side of the app works great.

    • 96XJ
      August 28, 2012 at 1:46 pm

      The hotmail app's lack of editing contacts led me back to Gmail as my master email for my phone. Last night I setup my address using the corporate route and I was able to edit my contacts just like my Gmail contacts.

      • KWF
        August 28, 2012 at 6:02 pm

        Awesome. Thanks, I will give it a try as well.

      • Chris Hoffman
        September 25, 2012 at 1:27 am

        Too bad -- if they're going to have a dedicated app, they should make it solid and not half-baked.

  30. lance burn
    August 28, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I just use the email that come with the phone.

  31. venkatp16
    August 28, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Good article with necessary info.. thankx

  32. Ron Morrow
    August 28, 2012 at 8:32 am

    people still use hotmail?!

    • Tug Ricks
      August 28, 2012 at 10:18 am

      Have you tried the new Outlook?

      • Chris Hoffman
        September 25, 2012 at 1:26 am

        The new actually has a really nice, clean interface, although I'm still a Gmail user.

  33. Tug Ricks
    August 28, 2012 at 4:20 am

    I've tried it with K-9 and it wasn't too awful. I'll have to try the Corporate route though, as it wasn't syncing perfectly. Thanks!

    • Yona
      January 7, 2013 at 9:01 pm

      Hi Tug, Could please share the settings you used in K9?


    August 28, 2012 at 3:59 am

    good one

  35. Frederick Doe
    August 28, 2012 at 1:21 am

    I've read stories about people's personal phones being erased due to them logging into Exchange servers. Apparently Exchange systems give the system admin the ability to wipe phones connected to them. Does this apply in this situation? Could Outlook wipe my phone (either maliciously or unintentionally)?

    • Outre Fulsome
      September 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm

      Common sense then tells you to NOT use a personal phone to connect to a business Exchange Server. If you boss, etc., wants you to collect email THAT badly then they can email YOU at an address you choose on servers you choose.

      If that's not an option, then THEY can supply the phone for the duration of the job or contract.

      NEVER use your own money to supply a job unless it's a contract job and it's covered in the contract as well as statements regarding behavior of both parties AND penalties for failure to perform/supply and other violations of said contracts.

      Contracts protect BOTH parties, but, in the case of corporate contracts (don't care if it's a little dress shop, if they're incorporated it's corporate), they protect more so the one performing the work.

    • Chris Hoffman
      September 25, 2012 at 1:26 am

      I don't know, that's a good question -- as far as I know it isn't a concern, although I haven't looked into it. I doubt that Microsoft's is going to use those capabilities, though, even if it has it.

      Still, if you use the Hotmail app, it shouldn't be a concern.

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