Did you know that you can add your other email accounts into Outlook.com to send and receive all email messages from all accounts within Outlook.com?
First up, we are talking about Outlook.com here — Microsoft’s webmail client that used to be known as Hotmail — not the locally installed Outlook email client that comes with Microsoft Office. I do wish Microsoft had stuck with the Hotmail label to avoid this sort of confusion. It’s so annoying whenever I search for how to do something in Outlook.com and end up with pages of results on how to do it in Outlook.
Anyway, a very good friend brought over a new laptop yesterday for me to set up with all her essential data. As it turns out, she has has been using Windows Live Mail for a long time to manage email through her ISP’s email account. Although I can still get Windows Live Mail to work in the latest Windows 10, I advised her that, in the long term, it would probably be advisable to move on to some other method. She is not overly computer savvy and already had an Outlook.com email account set up as her Microsoft account so I decided to see how difficult it might be to add her ISP’s email account into Outlook.com. Turns out it is very easy to do.
Add An Email Account To Outlook.com
- Go to Outlook.com and sign in to your existing account
- Click the cog icon at the far right of the top menu
- In the Settings menu that opens, click View all Outlook settings (right at the bottom of the menu)
- In the Layout column, click Sync email
- Under Connected accounts, click Gmail to add a Gmail account or click Other email accounts to add any other account
- In the window that opens, fill in the required details:
- The Display name can be anything you want, generally your first name or nickname, however, you want to be known to your recipients
- Type in the email address and password for the account you want to add (make sure these details are 100% accurate)
- Select to either create new folders for the new account or use existing folders
- When you’ve finished, click OK
It will take a few seconds for the connection to be checked and, if all okay, you’re good to go. From now on, any email messages received through the connected account will be viewable and answerable in Outlook.com.
- When I added my friend’s ISP email account, I only needed to provide the email address and password, and everything connected fine. However, if there are any connection issues, first double check that the details you entered are correct and, if they are correct, you will probably need to manually configure the account settings
- You can add up to 20 different accounts in this manner
- For further information, Microsoft has published a detailed guide on how to do this: Add your other email accounts to Outlook.com