How do I configure my Hotmail or MSN email account to work with POP3?

popowich

EQ Forum Admin
Staff member
Hello,

The following directions can be used to configure a pop3 connection in a program such as Outlook Express that is installed on your computer:

  • Open Outlook Express

  • Select Accounts from the Tools menu
Hotmail - Outlook Express - Create Account.JPG

  • Select the Mail tab, push the Add button, and select Mail
Hotmail - Outlook Express - New Mail Account.JPG

  • Type in your Real Name and push the Next button
  • Type in your E-Mail Address and push the Next button
  • Select POP3 as the type of e-mail account,
  • The incoming mail server is pop3.live.com
  • The outgoing mail server is smtp.live.com
Hotmail - Outlook Express - Create Account 2.JPG

  • Type in your full MSN Hotmail address and password and then click Next
Hotmail - Outlook Express - Account Details.JPG

  • Click Finish.
  • Select the Hotmail account in your accounts list
  • Click Properties
  • Select the Servers tab
  • For the outgoing mail server check the box for My server requires authentication
Hotmail - Outlook Express - Account Details 2.JPG

  • Select the Advanced tab
  • For both incoming and outgoing mail check the box for This server requires a secure connection
  • The outgoing server port is 25
  • The incoming server port is 995
Hotmail - Outlook Express - Create Account 3.JPG

  • Click OK. Click Close.
Congratulations, your Outlook Express is now configured to check your MSN Hotmail Plus account!
 
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popowich

EQ Forum Admin
Staff member
A MSN Hotmail Plus account is required to check your MSN Hotmail account with POP3 mail program on your computer.

Sorry, but although you used to be able check a free hotmail account with a mail client on your computer MSN Hotmail disabled this feature.

Update: As of January 14 2009 free POP3 access is available in the following countries:

United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Update: As of February 12 2009 free POP3 access is available in the United States!
 
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