Configure & add Multiple email Accounts to Windows 8 Mail App

Microsoft researched a lot about how people use email and email apps, before building the Windows 8 Mail App. It realized, users today have multiple email accounts and receive more and more email each year. Therefore, an app that aggregates multiple email accounts, should provide an easy way out to the users. Hence, Windows 8 Mail App!

Although Windows 8 Mail App aggregates multiple email accounts, it not clearly shown how to add multiple accounts to it. In this post, we will let you know how to go about it. No need of  POP or IMAP settings – all you require is your login credentials!

Configure Windows 8 Mail App

To begin with, from your Start Screen, click open the Mail app.

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You will get a notification ‘You aren’t signed with a Microsoft account. To use mail, sign in with a Microsoft account and try again’.

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Enter your credentials here and sign in with your Microsoft account.

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Once done, your Microsoft account will be configured on the Windows 8 Mail app. Now, you will also have the choice to add multiple email accounts.

Adding multiple email accounts to Windows 8 Mail app

Once you have configured your Microsoft account, you will be provided with a clue for adding multiple email accounts to the Windows 8 Mail App. The clue should be visible to you at the lower-left corner of your computer screen. See the screen-shot below.

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If seen, click ‘OK’ and proceed further. Click ‘Settings’ and select the ‘Accounts’ option.

Next, click on ‘Add an account’ link and choose the email account you would like to add to the mail app. I chose Gmail as the second mail ID to be added; i.e. Google account.

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Once selected, enter the required information and click ‘Connect’ to connect to your email account.

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That’s it!

You will have now added a new email account to the Windows 8 Mail app. Likewise, you can add other accounts too.

How to edit Mail App signature & other settings in Windows 8 may also interest you.

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Anand Khanse aka HappyAndyK is an end-user Windows enthusiast, a Microsoft MVP in Windows, since 2006, and the Admin of TheWindowsClub.com. Please create a System Restore Point before trying out any software & be careful about any third-party offers while installing freeware. Add me on Google+.
  • yolakes

    Very nice!

  • UnitG2

    As this isn’t a first time install, I don’t have “the clue” to add other email accounts. I would like to add a second email account but there is no “Accounts” in settings with a windows search, and certainly nothing showing up as shown in “Windows 8 Tile Add Option”. ack.

  • Frqt-Flyer

    Open your email window, then open settings by moving mouse to top right. There should be “accounts” under the settings tab. It took me a little but, but that’s where I found it. Good luck.

  • A Greenfield1

    Can you please tell me how to remove an account that you wish you had never added to Windows 8 mail?!

  • vinay

    once you have added an account…. lets say a yahoo account with the help of IMAP settings in Windows 8 MAIL, now we want to hide the email of that account for sometime, we went to the settings .—-> accounts—–> desired account and unchecked EMAIL SYNC. now the account is removed form the Windows 8 Mail, now what to do if we again want to sync the email ………. the account has disappeared from the settings—-> accounts tab… i cannot add that account as it says the account is already added…. what to do now… how can i get my email again….. please help….

  • Raja

    Thanks – going to the right was the trick – i saw a floating menu come up when I scrolled mouse to the right corner. Great tip :)

  • Hemant saxena

    Are you logged in as administrator? Switch to a different account and try again.

  • Hemant saxena

    uncheck the authentication required and SSL fields

  • Aamir

    hey i did the same but it show’s nothing when i click on add more accounts
    any idea why its so

  • Amonra

    Once you added additional accounts, how do you reorder them? At the bottom left they show in the order in which they were added. Can I change the order without deleting and re-adding?

  • rony009

    Hey I had the same issue with my computer. I wasted my time on it for

    many days but finally I got a solution from this link

    http://www.microsoftliveassist.com/cant-access-account-windows-live-mail-does-not-recognize-account-credentials/

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