How to Connect a Windows Live Hotmail account with Mac Mail?

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You need to sign into your Hotmail account in Mac Mail, but you get frustrated as this is your first time connecting to your Hotmail account in via an email program. No worry, this article covers everything you need to know to get started.

What are IMAP and POP3?

Your interactions with an email server are made possible through internet protocols, such as IMAP and POP3. IMAP allows you to read and manage your email messages in an email server, and your device will not download all your email messages unless on demand.

Therefore, your email messages can be accessed from different devices. POP3, on the other hand, downloads all your email messages onto your device. Once downloaded, the email messages are discarded from your email server and cannot be accessed through other devices anymore.

How to set up Mac OS X Mail to access your Window Live Hotmail account?

As you decide to sign into your Hotmail account in Mac OS X Mail, you are entitled to choose between IMAP and POP3, depending on the service you want to use. Please read our guide for information about how to create a Hotmail account.

Access with IMAP

To sign in to your Hotmail account through IMAP, please follow these steps:

  1. Select “Add Account” from the “Mail” pull-down menu

2. Select “Other Email Account”, and click “Continue”.

3. Type your name.

4. Type your Hotmail email address.

5. Type your Hotmail password on the Password field, or with the two-step authentication enabled for your Hotmail account, use an app password.

6. Click “Sign in”.

7. On the side of your Hotmail account, make sure you have enabled Mac OS X Mail to access your account. If you have trouble signing into your Hotmail account, please learn more about how to connect to your Hotmail account. At Cleanfox, our aim is to improve your mailing experience by giving you tips related to email services.

8. Click “Done”.

Access with POP3

If you wish to use POP3 instead, enable POP for your Hotmail account. To do so, please sign into your Hotmail account on Click on the gear icon to open your settings. Open “View all Outlook settings”, then click on “Email”, and finally “Sync Email”. Select “Yes” for “Let devices and apps use POP”. Finally, click “Save”. Open your Mac OS X Mail to proceed, and do the following.

  1. Select “Add Account” from the “Mail” pull-down menu

2. Select “Other Email Account”, and click “Continue”.

3. Type a wrong name, a wrong email address, and a wrong password.

4. Click “Next” to proceed.

5. Enter your correct Hotmail email address under “Email address” and “User Name” fields.

6. Type your correct Hotmail password.

7. Select “POP” as “Account Type”.

8. Set up your Incoming Mail Server as follows (some may not be asked):

  • Mail Server:
  • Server Port: 995
  • Server Encryption: TLS

9. Set up your Outgoing Mail Server:

  • Mail Server:
  • Server Port: 587
  • Server Encryption: STARTTLS

10. Click “Sign in”.

What is the difference between MSN Hotmail, Windows Live and Outlook?

Microsoft has evolved over time, and all the changes may be confusing. The first version of email service offered by Microsoft was MSN Hotmail. Later, it changed into Windows Live Hotmail. Today, all emails are accessed through Note that, as names changed, you can still sign in to your Hotmail account through Outlook. If you want to delete your Hotmail account, click here to read our guide on Cleanfox.

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