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How to Do Hotmail Server Settings for IMAP, POP3 and SMT

Hotmail now known as outlook.com is one of the very first email service providers. Like every other email services, Hotmail can be accessed from any computer with the internet connection.

But do you know, you can access your mailbox even from your desktop?? Yes, you heard me right. You can not only have access to all your email on your local computer but other devices including iPhone, Android and tablet.

There are a number of local email client Softwares such as outlook express, thunderbird etc which lets you access your mailbox right on your computer or other such devices.

But, in order to associate your email server to the mail clients, you essentially need to know about Hotmail server settings.

Hotmail allows access to the mailbox from the server to your computer via the three protocols IMAP, POP3 and SMTP. Where both IMAP and POP3 serve the same purpose and referred as Hotmail incoming mail server protocols.

While SMTP, on the other hand, is referred as the Hotmail outgoing mail server protocol. In today’s guide, we will study in-depth about what are valid SMTP, IMAP and POP3 settings, and which protocol is superior over other, just stay tuned!

How To Do Hotmail Server Settings

Hotmail server settings are a very crucial part, which is to be done very carefully. If not done properly, you can’t establish a connection in between your mail client and email server. In result, you’ll not be able to access your mailbox via your desktop or mobile.

Before going on the settings part, let’s take a look at some points which are mandatory to know!

IMAP or POP3 which one is better??

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As I mentioned above, both IMAP and POP3 serves the same purpose. But there is a major difference in working with both the protocols.

POP3 protocol keeps your email client out of sync into the email server. Meaning, suppose your mail client is associated with your server and you have all your emails downloaded on your device whether it is a computer, mobile or any other compatible device.

Now, if you delete any email after reading it on an email client on one device, it might still be there on your email server or on any other device which is connected to that Hotmail account.

On the contrary, IMAP has no such drawback. IMAP is superior over POP3 in a way that its keeps the synchronization between all your devices and your email server connected to that particular account.

If you read, reply, or delete any message, the simultaneous action would be performed on all the connected devices. IMAP sync in all the activities on every device.

So in every manner, IMAP makes a better choice over POP3.

Now let’s see what are the SMTP, IMAP and POP3 protocols settings you’ll require when connecting your email client to the email server.

Hotmail IMAP Settings

IMAP is responsible for downloading emails from your email server to your local computer. After knowing the difference between both the incoming mail server protocols, you must have decided to go for IMAP since it helps to keep the synchronization between any email app and the server.

If you have decided to go for IMAP, then following are the settings you would require to setting up your email client.

  •  Server: imap-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 993
  • Encrypted Connection: SSL
  • Username: Your email address
  • Password: Your password

Hotmail POP3 Settings

Even though IMAP is superior over SMTP, but in different circumstances, you may have to select POP3 as the incoming mail protocol. So, here are the POP3 settings you need to know.

  • Server: pop-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 995
  • Encrypted Connection: SSL
  • Username: Your email address
  • Password: Your password

Note: To setup your email client via POP3 protocol, you’ll require to enabling your Hotmail account to allow POP access. A method for this is given below in the guide.

Hotmail SMTP Settings

Following are the settings you’ll require to setting up your email client with SMTP protocol as the outgoing mail server.

  • Server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 25 (or 587 if 25 is blocked)
  • Authentication: Yes
  • Encrypted Connection: TLS
  • Username: Your email address
  • Password: Your password

SMTP settings will be same for both the incoming server protocols.

Enable POP access on Hotmail

To enable POP access, you need to go to your Hotmail account. Below, I’ve given a step by step guide with screenshots on how to do that.

Step 1. First of all, enter your login credentials and login to your outlook or Hotmail account.

Step 2. Once you are on the home page, click on the small gear icon located on the top right corner just beside your name and display. See the below screenshot if you can’t find the option.

Step 3. On clicking, this gear icon, a list of options will abruptly open. One of the options is “Options”, click on that.

Step 4. Now under Managing your account, click “Connect devices and apps with POP”. If you find difficulty in finding the option, see below.

Step 5. Now under POP, select Enable and click on Save. That’s it!  

Now since you have got all the necessary information regarding Hotmail server settings, you are ready to access your emails from your computer, android or tablets.

Now send as many emails as you want, read emails and delete them if you want. You are completely in sync with the email server.

Whatever activity you’ll perform on your email client on one device whether it’s about reading an email, replying to it, or deleting it, it will get synced back to your email server and it will affect on every device connected to that particular Hotmail account.

You are completely in sync with the email server. Whatever activity you’ll perform on your email client on one device whether it’s about reading an email, replying to it, or deleting it, it will get synced back to your email server and it will affect on every device connected to that particular Hotmail account.

But there are certain requirements which should be possessed by your email client in order to establish the connection and sync in your emails from the mail server.

Make sure the email client you are using supports Hotmail HTTP access. Since Hotmail uses HTTP protocol for connecting email clients to email servers.

Now it’s time to wrap up the article. I hope this guide was helpful to you. If you liked the guide and found the information useful, share it on your share mediums so that other people can take benefits from it.

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