Add your other email accounts to Outlook.com

Do you use multiple email accounts, such as Outlook, Gmail, or Yahoo! Mail? Would you like to send and receive mail from one place rather than logging in to three or more separate email sites? Well, you can!

Outlook.com enables you to connect up to five other email accounts and view them from your Outlook.com Inbox. Each account is listed as a folder in your folder pane so you can switch between them without ever leaving Outlook.com.

Choose your version of Outlook.com

Improvements are coming to Outlook.com; in fact, some customers are already enjoying the new Outlook Mail experience. How you add email accounts depends on whether you've been upgraded to the new experience. For instructions, select the link below that matches your mailbox.

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See instructions for classic Outlook.com (formerly Hotmail.com)

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See instructions for new Outlook.com

Add email accounts to classic Outlook.com

Notes: Classic Outlook.com doesn't allow you to receive messages directly from Gmail, Yahoo, or IMAP accounts, but you can send mail through these accounts and then forward your incoming mail from these accounts to your Outlook.com account.

You can add up to 13 total accounts to your Outlook.com account.

For Gmail and Yahoo, you can use an import tool that will import your existing email messages, connect Outlook.com to your Gmail contacts, set up Outlook.com so you can send email from your Gmail address, and walk you through the steps to forward incoming Gmail messages to Outlook.com.

Gmail uses labels to organize your email, while Outlook.com uses folders. During the import, Outlook.com will sort your messages into folders based on their labels. For example, if an email has three labels, Outlook.com will import it into three different folders. This might result in more folders and more copies of messages than you want.

To remove labels and add your Gmail account to Outlook.com
  1. Sign in to your Gmail account, choose More labels, and then choose Manage labels.

  2. Scroll down to Labels.

  3. Choose remove for each label you don't want added to the import.

  4. Run the import tool, and follow the instructions on screen. When the tool finishes, you can import or subscribe to your Google calendar.

Subscribe to your Google calendar
  1. Sign in to your Google account and then go to the View from other applications page.

  2. Follow the on-screen instructions to get the private URL for your calendar.

  3. In Outlook.com, go to your calendar.

  4. Choose Import > Subscribe.

  5. In the Calendar URL box, enter the URL you received in step 2.

  6. Enter a name for the calendar and choose a color.

  7. Choose Subscribe.

Add a Yahoo account to classic Outlook.com
  1. Run the import tool, and follow the instructions on screen.

  2. Follow the instructions on the Yahoo! website to automatically forward your Yahoo! Mail to your Outlook.com address.

Add your Yahoo contacts to Outlook.com
  1. Choose the arrow next to the Outlook.com logo in the upper left of your screen.

  2. Choose People > Import contacts > Start import.

  3. Choose Yahoo! and follow the instructions on the screen.

Add an IMAP account to classic Outlook.com
  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. On the navigation bar, select Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud > Options.

    Click Settings > Options

  3. Under Managing your account, choose Your email accounts.

  4. Under Add an email account, choose Add a send-only account.

  5. Enter your name, email address, and password for the account you want to add and choose Next.

  6. When Outlook.com is finished setting up your account, choose Go to your Inbox.

To add a POP account to classic Outlook.com
  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. On the navigation bar, select Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud > Options.

    Click Settings > Options

  3. Under Managing your account, choose Your email accounts.

  4. Under Add an email account, choose Add a send-and-receive account.

  5. Enter your name, email address, and password and choose Next.

  6. In many cases, Outlook.com will be able to find your account settings for you. If not, you'll need to enter the incoming and outgoing server names and choose ports and SSL information. For information on the exact settings needed, contact your ISP. Once you've updated this information, choose Next.

  7. When Outlook.com is finished setting up your account, choose Go to your Inbox.

Note: The maximum size email message (including attachments) that you can import or receive is 25 MB.

Set the default "From" address

You can send email from any account you've added to Outlook.com.

  1. On the navigation bar, select Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud > Options.

    Click Settings > Options

  2. Under Managing your account, choose Your email accounts.

  3. Under Default "From" address, choose an option from the drop-down list.

Add email accounts to new Outlook.com

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com.

  2. On the navigation bar, select Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud > Options.

    Click Settings > Options

  3. In the left pane, choose Mail > Accounts > Connected accounts.

    Connected Accounts

    Note: Not all features are available in every region. If you don't see the Connected accounts option, this feature might not be available for your account.

  4. If you're connecting a Gmail account, choose Gmail. To connect any other type of email account, such as an Outlook on the web (Office 365) account choose Other email accounts.

  5. On the Connect your email account page, enter your full email address, such as rob@contoso.com, and the password of the email account you want to connect to Outlook.com.

    Enter the email address and password of the account you want to connect.

  6. Choose OK.

    Important: If you get a message that Outlook couldn't connect to the server for your other account, choose Back and make sure you entered the correct email address and password for your account. Typos are really common!

    If you get this page, choose Back to doublecheck your email address and password.

    If that doesn't work, you might be connecting a POP account. See What are IMAP and POP? and POP and IMAP settings for Outlook on the web for more information.

  7. Choose Options to return to your Inbox. Your connected account will be included in your folder list. See Inbox and sweep rules to organize the incoming email.

  8. To change your default "From" address, choose Change default reply address.

Set the default "From" address

You can send email from any account you've added to Outlook.com.

  1. Return to the connected accounts page by selecting Settings: update your profile, install software and connect it to the cloud > Options > Mail > Accounts > Connected accounts.

  2. Select Change your From address.

  3. In From address, select an address from the drop-down list.

See Also

Connect email accounts in Outlook on the web (Office 365)

Add your Outlook.com account to another mail app

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