How Do I Forward Email to My Hotmail Address?

by Eric Som

Forwarding email to a Windows Live Hotmail address involves adding a third-party email account to Windows Live Hotmail using the Post Office Protocol 3 (POP3). One of the advantages of adding third-party email accounts to Windows Live Hotmail is that it enables personal computer (PC) users to use their Windows Live Hotmail as a central account from which they can check multiple email accounts.

Email Server Credentials

One of the first things you need to properly forward emails to your Windows Live Hotmail address is to find out what the email server credentials are for the email account you are trying to forward to your Windows Live Hotmail. This is important because Windows Live Hotmail uses the POP3 technology to forward emails from third-party email accounts. Therefore, if you do not have the correct email server credentials, you will not be able to forward emails to your Windows Live Hotmail address. To get the email server credentials for the non-Windows Live Hotmail account, contact the email service provider directly or search the homepage of the email service provider for this information. Getting this information directly from an email service provider ensures the accuracy of the information provided. You need the incoming mail server address and port number.

Configuring Hotmail

Log into your Windows Live Hotmail account and then click on the “Add an email account” link. Clicking on this link allows you to forward third-party emails to your Windows Live Hotmail account. Provide the email address and password of the email you would like to forward to Windows Live Hotmail in the “Email address” and “password” fields respectively. This enables Windows Hotmail to check your third-party email account for email messages. Click on the “Next” button to continue adding your third-party email account. Depending on the email service provider, Windows Live Hotmail may automatically configure your third-party email account. However, in some cases, Windows Live Hotmail asks you to provide the email server credentials of the email account you are trying to add. If this happens, provide your incoming mail server address and port number in the “incoming mail server address” and “Port” fields. This information is important because it ensures that Windows Live Hotmail imports your email messages correctly. Select the “Next” button and give a name for the email account you just added. It is important to do this because it allows you to easily identity a third-party email account by the name you provided, as Windows Live Hotmail creates a separate email folder for all emails forwarded to your Windows Live Hotmail Account.

About the Author

Eric Som has been writing professionally since 2002, contributing to various websites. He is certified through the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Som holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Laws from Handong Global University. He also has a Juris Doctor degree from an Ohio law school.

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