How Do I Add Another Email Address to Hotmail?

By Eric Som

Adding another email to Windows Live Hotmail involves the configuration of a third-party email account in Windows Live Hotmail using the Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3). Adding a third-party email account to Windows Live Hotmail is a great way for PC users with multiple accounts to manage and centralize the use of their email accounts. The "Add an email account” link in Hotmail is used to add another email address.

Email Server Credentials

Contact the email service provider of the third-party email account you would like to add to your Hotmail account to find out what its email server credentials are. This is important to ensure that you properly configure and add the email account to your Hotmail account. If the email service provider has a website, check it for information on how to configure the email address for POP3 access. It is helpful to check on the email service provider’s website because most providers offer this information on their websites--and this can save you time, as opposed to contacting the service provider directly.

Add Email Account

Sign in to your Windows Live Hotmail account and click the “Add an Email account” link located on the left-hand pane under “Manage Folders.” Clicking on the “Add an Email account” link enables you to add a third-party email to your Windows Live Hotmail account. Enter the address and password of the third party email account you are trying to add to your Windows Live Hotmail account in the “Email address” and “Password” fields respectively, and then click “Next.” This enables Windows Live Hotmail to access the third party email account using the credentials provided.Depending on the type of email account you are trying to add, Windows Live Hotmail may or may not automatically add the email account. If Windows Live Hotmail can automatically configure the third party account, the account will be configured without you needing to enter any additional information. However, if Windows Live Hotmail cannot configure the account automatically, enter the specific email server credentials provided by your email service provider, such as the incoming and outgoing mail server address and port numbers, in the “Incoming mail server,” and “Port” fields. Entering this information is important because it allows Windows Live Hotmail to access the servers of your email service provider correctly. Click “Next” to choose if you would like Windows Live Hotmail to create a new folder for the newly added email account or if you would like Windows Live Hotmail to forward all email messages from the account directly to your inbox. This is option is important because it helps you to better organize how you send and receive emails. Choose one of these two options and click on the “Save” button. You have successfully added an email address to Windows Live Hotmail.