Setting up IMAP settings for hotmail account on Iphone and android

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  3. Thanks for this! Your method also works with new addresses, just keep the server as and its fine. I shared your post with The Independent’s post at so I hope they approve the comment.

  4. masterdeeno says:

    thank you! this is very helpful. i don’t need to download new apps.

  5. Pav says:

    Thank you! it was very helpful!!

  6. Rik says:

    Brill!! It works!
    Any ideas how to get it to work with Thunderbird too?

  7. Toma says:

    I did it.. but when I read an email on my hotmail (laptop) does not show as “read” on my iphone…
    Any solution??? I really don’t want to mark “as read”, 1000 e-mails on my iphone!!
    Thanks a lot!!!

  8. HatTrick says:

    Worked great. Droid Razr on Verizon. Now all Hotmail folders are available on the phone, including Sent. Use the phone’s Email App to set it up, then delete the hotmail app.

  9. abee says:

    You addresses this perfectly. Help. This is still saving it can’t verify the account. Maddedning.

  10. abee says:

    You address this perfectly. Help. This is still saying it can’t verify the account. Maddening.

  11. Well this solution deletes your mail on the server. I dont have an exchange option on my phone.

    • Dan Jones says:

      If you don’t have an Exchange option, see if you have a “Corporate” option. That’s what it’s called on some Android devices. It’s exactly the same thing, and I really don’t know why Google decided to call it “Corporate” (probably to avoid using a Microsoft trademark).

  12. Ruud Kous says:

    Nice post. But this is not making use of the IMAP protocol. This makes use of the EAS (Exchange Active Sync) protocol, a MS protocol which is supported by most smartphones nowadays. That’s why you can sync your calendar and contacts as well (IMAP is for mail only). But e.g. Thunderbird supports IMAP and not EAS. That’s why this does not work with Thunderbird.

  13. Matthew says:


    What if you are already using Microsoft Exchange for your work email. Can you still sync with a second account? This would be my Hotmail account. I did not have a problem with my iPhone 4, but I recently purchased the 5C and have had problems with deleting emails from my phone.

  14. Keith R. says:

    Awesome! I almost dropped my good old Hotmail account because of their lack of IMAP support.

    Thanks a lot for the great tip!

    Keith R.

  15. Tisca says:


    I have two queries

    While using IMAP, does it download emails locally on my android phone or is it that we are simply using it to access the web emails.?
    Is there any app for accessing Hotmail emails from Android phone (without downloading emails on device locally) BUT allowing to attach local document from the phone?


    • It downloads a copy of mail from the server. If you want to validate my statement do this… sync you email right at this moment. Now set your phone to Airplane mode. Open the mail now and you should be able to see the email and contents that were synced earlier…. that means the emails are downloaded on your machine. For second part…. there is offline gmail app but that is specific to desktop or macbook

      • Tisca says:

        Thanks for your reply.
        If the emails are downloaded to the phone, that will continuously curb on to the storage space which is precisely I don’t want. Is there any alternative to prevent it and yet allows us to check emails?

  16. Shelly says:

    Hi, I’m really struggling to get my mail account on my htc one m8 android. I tried to follow ur instructions but they don’t match my screens! Help!!

    • says:

      You will have the following fields in M8.
      In the accounts selection – Choose
      1. email address: Enter your email account
      2. server address: Enter
      3. user name: enter your full email address
      4. password: enter your password

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