How to Forward Hotmail to Gmail

By Paul Higgins

If you recently moved from Outlook.com -- the new name of Microsoft's Hotmail service -- to Gmail, you can automatically receive mail sent to your old Outlook.com address in Gmail by setting up mail forwarding. Alternatively, enabling POP3 in Outlook.com lets you import both new and existing emails from your old account into Gmail.

Forwarding New Emails

Step 1

Log in to your Outlook.com account, click the **cog** icon and select **Options** from the menu.

Step 2

Click the **Email forwarding** link under **Managing your account.**

Step 3

Select **Select forward your email to another email account** and enter your Gmail address in the text field. Save your new settings.

Migrating New and Existing Emails

Step 1

Open the Outlook.com Options page by clicking the **cog** icon and selecting **Options.** Under **Managing your account,** select **Connect devices and apps with POP.**

Step 2

Select **Enable** and click **Save.**

Step 3

Log in to Gmail, open the **cog** menu and click **Settings.**

Step 4

Open the **Forwarding and POP/IMAP** tab and select **Add a POP3 mail account you own.**

Step 5

Enter your Outlook.com email address in the text field and click **Next Step.**

Step 6

Enter your Outlook.com email address and password in the **Username** and **Password** fields and click **Add Account** to save your new POP3 account.Optionally, enable **Leave a copy of retrieved message on the server** before saving your new account if you do not want Gmail to automatically delete emails from your Outlook.com account after importing them.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you enable mail forwarding in Outlook.com, you still need to log in to your account at least once a year to prevent Microsoft from closing your account.
  • By using POP3, you can import messages from up to five email accounts in Gmail.