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How To Use Your Hotmail With Apple Mail app in OS X.


Mail_app Mail.app or Apple Mail is an e-mail client included with Mac OS X operating system. Apple Mail uses the SMTP, POP3, and IMAP protocols, and supports MobileMe and Exchange via IMAP. Both the iPhone and the iPod touch included a mobile version of Apple Mail. Mail.app offers Notes and To-dos which can be synced with iCal and it also introduced a built-in RSS reader. Mail for Leopard features more than 30 professionally designed stationery templates that make a virtual keepsake out of every email you send. Mail works with the most popular email providers, like Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and AOL Mail, automatically configuring those cryptic server settings for you for hotmail you have to do a small work. Here we have a simple to follow guide for the users who wants to use their Hotmail or Windows Live account with Mail.app


First of all Launch Apple mail >>> Then type you name where it asks you to
Then where it asks you to Put your email address Enter in in this format

Example@live.com Example@hotmail.com

And then put in your password
Then click Continue and on the next page enter this info

Account Type : POP
Description : Windows Live
Incoming Mail Server : pop3.live.com
Username : Example@live.com Example@hotmail.com
Password : Put your password Here

Then Click the Continue Button >>> Then on the next page enter this info

Description : Windows Live
Outgoing Mail Server : smtp.live.com
Click the “Use Authentication” Box
Username : Example@live.com Example@hotmail.com
Password : Put your password Here

Click Continue and your done After that click the get mail button and all will work.


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  1. Green Peace January 4, 2013 Reply

    Great advice.
    I’d tried this before and given up.
    The “new” Apple Mail is more automated.
    With your advice, it was a cinch.
    Under two minutes, go to woe.

  2. Stelios March 21, 2011 Reply

    Thanks a lot guys 🙂
    it worked str8 away
    thanks again

  3. Alex March 20, 2011 Reply

    I just asked my Mac Mail to “get new mail” from my hotmail account.
    I really still use the hotmail account and have been playing around with the Mac Mail feature (it’s a new macbook)
    It was in sync for a while and then all of a sudden today when I said “get new mail” all the email in my hotmail account disappeared. Please tell me there is a way to get it back into hotmail??

  4. Matthew July 20, 2010 Reply

    Mail worked really well with hotmail until 6th June when it stopped downloading new messages, although it continued working well with Gmail and a couple of times it hasn’t sent messages even though they were in the sent messages folder. this program for me is a waste of time and luckily I’m running windows 7 in parallel were I don’t get these problems with outlook.

  5. David May 27, 2010 Reply

    Doesn’t work for me on a MacBook Air with latest version of Snow Leopard – same problem as many of the other guys. Sets up the mailbox fine but keeps asking for the password – which I know is typed in correctly. Bizarre thing is – every so often it WILL download 5 or 6 mails – its intermittent… AAAAARRRRGGGHHH!!

  6. andres May 12, 2010 Reply

    Hey mate doing my best to follow your instructions but for some reason it keeps saying the the password I’m typing in to access my mail through hotmail via apple mail is not right.

  7. luvmena April 11, 2010 Reply

    Thank you so much!

  8. Melba April 2, 2010 Reply

    I have set up my hot mail account and can see incoming new mail but am unable to send mail using the mail stamp. Could you advise me on how to solve this problem

  9. Kez March 29, 2010 Reply

    Adds account ok and authenticates servers fine but when I press get mail, I see “downloading message 4219 of 4219” briefly then it stops and my inbox remains empty. I am running 10.6.2.

  10. Alexandre March 16, 2010 Reply

    Great post: clean, simple and very easy to follow!
    Your tip works fine!
    Good job!

  11. Peter March 9, 2010 Reply

    Thanks for the tip but it doesn’t however work on my email address, with snow leopard on my imac. Have searched the web for hours but can’t find a working solution. I’m sure there are many people who have the same problem, what do you expects from a free email account? Hotmail…

  12. MingHui March 4, 2010 Reply

    OMG!! Thank you very much for this tip ^^

    after apply this tip, finally, i can use Mail to send and receive my Hotmail account.

  13. Jason Sexton February 10, 2010 Reply

    I am trying to download and sync my files on my yahoo account with my macbook mail program can this be done?

  14. Prisca December 29, 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much! This information solved all of my problems with setting up Mail.

  15. Mark December 5, 2009 Reply

    I would like to use hotmail in the Mail application of my macbookpro but with all folders for email organization. With POP I can only send and receive emails. I want to have my mail folders and contacts. Also If i erase an email from Mac Doesn’t erase from Hotmail… What Should i do????

    Thank you in Advance

  16. Kat November 10, 2009 Reply

    I don’t know why, but for me, the pop3.live.com won’t work :o(

  17. the Carpenter October 15, 2009 Reply

    Thanks A lot For help .. . U r the best 🙂

  18. Nate October 13, 2009 Reply

    Thanks a lot! I’ve been trying to figure out how to get this to work for the longest time, didn’t think it was possible. Makes life a lot easier for me with my officelive mail accounts. Very clear, very good.

  19. chealive October 7, 2009 Reply

    good job!!!


  20. Mike September 30, 2009 Reply

    It works fine!!

    One thing though. It wants to fetch all my e-mails, approx. 8,000, from hotmail. How do I tell it not to?

    BR / Mike

  21. June Dale September 26, 2009 Reply


  22. Shuttle September 24, 2009 Reply

    As per my previous post, this techniquie does work in snow leopard. I am running the same os and had no problems. Can you detail what happens when you try to set it up?

  23. Ian September 20, 2009 Reply

    I have just upgraded to snow leopard and I cant get hotmail to work with apple mail

    I tried the above but it no longer works

    Anyone else had this problem ?

  24. MIKE September 17, 2009 Reply

    Does anyone know why when we synced our macbook mail account with our hotmail account the emails went over to mail but have now vanished from our hotmail account.. we need access to the old emails from 2 locations and so need them to remain on the hotmail account.

    Any ideas??

  25. Charlotte September 14, 2009 Reply

    Thanks – I’m amazed it’s that easy! This is hotmail, isn’t it?

    Anyway, your post was really helpful.

  26. Shuttle September 8, 2009 Reply

    Managed to work it out, seems like a bad email in my hotmail in box. Simply went in through web browser and deleted it and all is working fine now.

    Hope that may help others.

  27. daniela September 6, 2009 Reply

    hi there,
    I have been using Mail program in combination with my hotmail emails on my Mac for a few years now. Over the past week, emails no longer transfer from my hotmail account to mail. The only message I get is a traingle with a little ! indicating emails cant transfer. Any ideas how can i resolve the problem?? I really dont know what can I do!!
    Thanks in advance, Daniela

  28. Jose September 2, 2009 Reply


    It works pretty good, thanks a lot and thanks to Daniel as well for many years of Hotmail on Mail App.

    Any idea how to make it download the extra folders? It works excellent for me, but it doesn’t downloads all my extra folders.

    I’ll appreciate any help at biblische@hotmail.com

    Long live to Hotmail/Mail app.


  29. Sinan August 30, 2009 Reply

    Ah…om….. Its not working

    It doesn’t give me an error and its added to my other mailboxes,
    But it does not pull down any emails?
    I have a hotmail plus account which works fine with outlook on my pc

    Any Ideas why its not working for me??

  30. Brian August 27, 2009 Reply

    Thanks. This worked seamlessly in coordinating my apple Mail and hotmail account. Very simple and easy.

  31. Kris August 13, 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. nick August 12, 2009 Reply

    it seems to work but its super super slow…I had to put SSL (which puts port 995 automatically),in order to work since otherwise it put port 110 automaticallly and didn’t work… not sure if that is the issue. Anyone dealt with this? thank you

  33. dancingboi August 4, 2009 Reply

    Thank you so much i have tried a few fixes but none have worked. Your a life saver because now i don’t have to get on safari… not that much work but takes a lot of work out.. thank you

  34. andres August 4, 2009 Reply

    Thanks, easy way to solve the problem. Without the use of other apps.

  35. Tony July 3, 2009 Reply

    Thanks !!!!!… this helped alot. Now if only Hotmail/Live would go to IMAP

  36. matt mcewen July 2, 2009 Reply

    Thanks .. worked instantly!

  37. Veronica July 2, 2009 Reply

    thank you so much.
    since i updated to 10.5.7 version i was struggling to find the right httpmail version and the correct instructions to setup my hotmail account on Mail again…

    you saved me a lot or reading!

  38. Cristian June 22, 2009 Reply

    thank you so much, I was trying to get my hotmail email account working on Apple mail, but I wasn’t able to do it until now.

    Thanks for the help ^^

  39. Dick Kriss June 8, 2009 Reply

    I just gave my daughter a G4 iBook that has OS X 10.5.7 and the
    latest version of Apple’s mail. She has it set up to do mail via
    her comcast.net address ….. that is her ISP. She really does not
    use the @comcast.net address. She uses her hotmail address and
    I think she may have the premium version as she has extra
    storage. How can she setup up her Apple Mail to use her hotmail
    account. I have heard there are problems using plugins.

    Any help will be appreciated


  40. Mike McGee June 3, 2009 Reply

    Thank you,

    This solved all of my questions about hotmail/windows live/quest mail

    You are the BEST!


    Mike McGee

  41. Andreas May 3, 2009 Reply

    I would like to use hotmail in the Mail application of my macbookpro but with all folders for email organization. With POP I can only send and receive emails. Is this possible at all? I tried the plugin httpmail 1.53 but nothing works. Please help!

    For some reason this feature actually works on my iphone using mbox mail. Why not on my macbook?

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