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How to access Hotmail without Outlook

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How to access Hotmail without Outlook: You have a Hotmail account and usually log into it using Microsoft Outlook software . Unfortunately, however, you do not always have your computer at your disposal and you are looking for alternative solutions to check and manage your email through other software and devices. This is how things are, am I right? Then you will be happy to know that I have everything for you.

In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to access Hotmail without Outlook , using some solutions for both PCs and smartphones and tablets, which will only take you a few minutes to set up your account correctly. All you have to do is pay attention to all the information that I will show you in the next chapters and put my “tips” into practice.

At this point, I would say that it is time to immediately start reading this guide. In this case, I only ask you to dedicate just a few minutes of your free time to me and to choose the solution that seems to you best suited to your needs. I just have to wish you a good read!


Preliminary information

If you want to access Hotmail without using Outlook software, you have several solutions that can allow you to achieve this.

All you need is a Microsoft account , without which you cannot use the e-mail services of the famous Redmond company. In this regard, if you do not remember your login details, I recommend that you consult my guide on how to recover a Microsoft account.

Once this is done, you can access the e-mail box simply from Webmail or using one of the many software or apps that perform the function of client for managing emails, which I will talk about in the next chapters.

Using Hotmail from a browser

Webmail Outlook

The easiest way to access Microsoft’s e-mail is to use the dedicated Webmail . To do this, you will need any web browser: you can use Microsoft’s integrated browser ( Internet Explorer or Microsoft Edge ) or Apple’s ( Safari ) or, in general, one of the many developed by third-party companies, such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox .

After starting the web browser, type in the navigation bar, located at the top, the address and enter . Once this is done, press the Login button and type the email and password associated with the Microsoft account in your possession.

After logging in, you will be automatically directed to the Outlook Webmail , through which you can manage your e-mail box directly from the browser.

Using Hotmail from an email client

If your intent is to use a client on a PC to access Hotmail’s e-mail, in the next chapters I will point out some software that can certainly be for you.

Parametri IMAP/POP

Banner Outlook

Before explaining which programs to use on your computer, it is important to indicate the configuration parameters, without which you will not be able to access the e-mail box and, therefore, synchronize the messages on the server.

After starting one of the software that I will report to you in the next chapters, when you need to add the e-mail account, you may be asked to enter the IMAP / POP and SMTP parameters , necessary to communicate with the server and receive or send e- mail.

As for receiving emails, my advice is to use the IMAP protocol , rather than the POP one. The substantial difference lies in the fact that, while with the POP configuration the messages are completely downloaded to the client without leaving a copy of them on the server, with the IMAP configuration this problem is avoided, being able to find your e-mail messages even by accessing from different clients ( therefore having the ability to synchronize mail on multiple devices).

  • IMAP server name:
  • IMAP port: 993
  • IMAP encryption method: TLS
  • POP server name:
  • POP Holder: 995
  • POP encryption method: TLS
  • Nome server SMTP:
  • Porta SMTP: 587
  • SMTP encryption method: STARTTLS

I warn you that, by default, the POP protocol is disabled on Microsoft e-mail accounts. Therefore, you will need to enable it first from the Email Settings panel . You can do this by accessing Microsoft’s Webmail, as I explained to you in this chapter , and then click on this link , which takes you to the mailbox synchronization configuration screen.

All you have to do now is simply check the Yes box , which you find under the heading Allow devices and apps to use POP . Once this is done, you will be shown another option, which will allow you to keep a copy of the downloaded messages in a special folder, in order to prevent them from being deleted from the server.

Using Hotmail in Windows 10 Mail

Hotmail and Mail

Computers with Windows 10 operating system are pre-installed an excellent free solution developed by Microsoft for managing e-mail. In detail, I refer to the Mail application , which integrates perfectly with Microsoft accounts, without the need to enter any configuration parameters.

When you start the Mail application , you are prompted to add an account, using the appropriate screen that is shown to you. All you have to do, therefore, is to click on and enter the e-mail and password associated with your Microsoft account.

After doing this, the folders will be automatically synchronized with the server and the sent and received messages will be displayed on this e-mail client. It was easy, wasn’t it?

Using Hotmail in Thunderbird


Another great solution to manage Microsoft account emails is to use the very popular free and open source software  Thunderbird , which is available for both PCs with WindowsmacOS and Linux operating systems .

If you are interested in this software, you can download the installation file directly from its official website . Downloading and installing this e-mail client is really a breeze but, in case you have any doubts, I suggest you consult my guide, in which I have explained in detail the procedures you need to perform to use this software on the your PC.

After starting Thunderbird , fill in the boxes on the screen that is shown to you, to add your Microsoft account. Then indicate a name to assign to the account you are entering and the e -mail address and password associated with it.

Once this is done, press the Continue button , for Thunderbird to try to log in and automatically find the server configuration data. As a rule, the data indicated should correspond to what I indicated to you in this chapter .

If not, press the Manual configuration button and use the appropriate text fields to enter the required information. At the end of this procedure, press the Done button and wait for the local folders to be synchronized with the server.

Using Hotmail in Apple Mail

Apple Mail

If you have a Mac , you can use the free Apple Mail application to manage your Microsoft email account. Using this “standard” software from Apple is child’s play and, if you carefully follow the procedures that I will show you in the next paragraphs, you will be able to configure and manage your mailbox easily.

The first step you need to take is to click on the Mail icon found in the macOS Dock bar or in the Launchpad. Once this is done, in the screen that is shown to you, select the item Other Mail account and press the Continue button .

Now, enter the name you want to assign to the account and the e -mail address and password associated with it. At this point, decide if you want to synchronize only the mail or also the notes and then press the confirm button.

Normally, the Mail application should automatically find the configuration parameters of the Microsoft mail account. If not, you will be shown a screen through which you will have to type the configuration parameters of the box, which I told you about in this chapter .

Use Hotmail on smartphones and tablets

Do you want to use Hotmail on your smartphone or tablet? In this case, you will need an email management app – you will find several solutions in the chapters that follow.


App Email Android

Mobile phones and tablets with the Android operating system come with a pre-installed app for managing e-mails. For example, a mail client generically called E-mail is available on Huawei and Samsung devices .

Often, Android devices also have the Gmail app pre-installed, which is used both to manage Google’s e-mails and that of other third-party services, such as that of Microsoft.

The operation of these apps is more or less the same for all: after starting the e-mail client through its quick start icon on the home screen (or inside a folder on the home screen), select the word Hotmail or Other or, again, an equivalent item.

In the next screen that is shown to you, type the e-mail address and password associated with your Microsoft account and then press the Sign in button . In case the Microsoft email service configuration data has already been set by the client developer, you won’t need to do anything else.

Otherwise, you will have to operate with the manual configuration of the IMAP and SMTP parameters , using the appropriate button and filling in the corresponding text boxes, as I explained to you in this chapter dedicated to the topic.

In case you want to know more about how to set up a Microsoft email account on your Android phone or tablet, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the subject.

iPhone e iPad

Mail your iOS

If you own an iPhone or an iPad , you will be happy to know that, through the Mail app , already pre-installed on your device, you can manage your Microsoft mailbox.

To configure your mailbox, start the Settings app  and select the items Password and account> Add account> (on iOS 14 and later you need to go to Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts ). Once this is done, through the appropriate screen, enter the e-mail address and password of your mail account.

At this point, all you have to do is start the Mail app to view all the email messages that have been synchronized in the meantime between the server and the client itself.

If you want to know more about how to configure Hotmail email on iOS / iPadOS, I suggest you read my guide dedicated to the subject.

App per email


In addition to the predefined solutions I told you about in the previous chapters, you can also download many other third-party apps , which can be useful for managing Microsoft email.

As I have already mentioned previously, the  Gmail app ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ) is not only used to manage Google e-mails, but also that of external services. There are also several other apps, such as Spark ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ) or Blue Mail ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ), which are valid alternatives to synchronize and manage your email.

Some of these apps may not require you to manually enter the IMAP and SMTP configuration of your Microsoft mail account but, should this happen, you can refer to what I have already explained to you extensively in this chapter .

If you want to know more about the apps that you can download and install on your smartphone or tablet, I recommend that you consult my guide dedicated to the subject.