How to set up Hotmail on iPad / iPhone / iPod Touch with POP3

Earlier we had seen how to set up Windows Live Hotmail on your iOS devices using ActiveSync. In this post we will use POP3 to set up Hotmail on an iOS device.

Hotmail on iPhone, iPad

To do so, follow these steps:

Tap on Settings >  Mail, Contacts, Calendars >  Add Account > Other > Add Mail Account

Enter Name, Hotmail ID (your Windows Live ID), Hotmail password and give some name like eg. LivePOP3. Click Next, it’ll start Verifying. (In case if you get an error message saying you need to be a Windows Live Hotmail Plus Subscriber, press “OK” to ignore the message.)

Click on Save and your account will be automatically configured. If for some reason it does not auto populate the server information, please use the following server settings:

Pop3 Server: (Port: 995)
SMTP Server: (Port: 25)

Advanced Settings:
Incoming Uses SSL:  On
Outgoing Uses SSL:  On
Authentication: Password
Delete from Server:  When removed from inbox

Once everything is OK, just go to the Mail app from Home Screen and start downloading your pop3 messages. Please note that it may take some time for the first download of messages from POP3 servers.

Also note that using POP3:

– There’s no Synchronization as in using ActiveSync. That is, while using POP3 if you read a message on your iOS device, the message will still be shown as unread if you access Hotmail via web.

– Only the Inbox messages can be viewed using this method. Any other folders including user created ones contents can not be viewed.

Let me know if you have any questions.

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  1. Amy Lockwood

    I hope you can help. I just got my ipad. I want to use my Hotmail account on my ipad. I spent several hours the first day figuring the right settings. When I delete messages from the iPad, I don’t want the messages to be deleted from my computer. And vice versa, when I delete messages from the computer, I don’t want them deleted from the iPad. To accomplish this, I have to configure under “other”. Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Hotmail will not let me keep the messages in both places. But now I’m trying to get my Hotmail contacts into the my Hotmail ipad settings. Microsoft Exchange and Microsoft Hotmail, will bring them in automatically. But not “other”. Can you help?

  2. vasudev

    From your Computer, goto or , sign-in with your Mail ID and click on Gear icon on top right> More Mail settings >POP and deleting downloaded messages .
    And on computer (I presume using Windows) are you using any EMail client like Outlook or Windows mail , part of Windows Essentials? If not you can use that , it’ll store all your mail and will be available offline too.

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