Configure to retrieve your emails

Now that you have signed up for a Microsoft Account with your existing email address, you can configure to collect your mail from your current mail account.

  1. Go to the webpage and sign in with the email address and password you have specified when setting up your Microsoft Account if you are not automatically signed in already.
  2. Click on the “Continue to inbox” button when you get a “Welcome to your new inbox”. You’ll find this and additional information also in an email that has been placed in your Inbox from the Outlook Team.
  3. In the top right corner but on the left of your name, you’ll see a gear icon. Click on it and from the menu that pops up choose: Options. Click on the image to enlarge.
  4. Under “Managing your account” click on: Your email accounts
  5. It the “Add an email account” section, click on the button: Add a send-and-receive account
  6. On the “Add a send-and-receive account” page, you’ll find that your current email address has already been filled out. For most POP3 accounts, you only need to fill out the password for your account (so not your Microsoft Account password) to complete the configuration. If the AutoConfiguration of your account doesn’t work, click on the “Advanced options” link to specify the correct server details for your POP3 account and SMTP server. You’ll also be automatically transferred to this page when the AutoConfiguration fails. Hotmail - Add an email account - Account configuration details.
  7. Once successfully configured, will prompt you what to do with emails retrieved from your current address. By default it wants it to place it into a separate folder but since this is the first and main email account you should select “An existing folder: Inbox” instead. Hotmail - Add an email account - select delivery folder and set an icon.
  8. Save your settings.
  9. You’ll now get a confirmation message that your messages are being collected and with the option to return to your Inbox or to verify your account status. Choose to go back to your Inbox folder to see your messages which are still in the Inbox folder of your POP3 account being collected. The mail collecting is being done in increments so if you have a lot of email still on your POP3 account, this could take a while. Hotmail - Great! We'll start getting your messages now.

Tip! By default, your messages will also remain on the POP3 server of your email provider. If you are happy with the results and/or you have only limited space on the POP3 server, you can configure the account aggregation settings to remove the messages from the mail server once they are collected by To do this, go to your account settings as indicated in step 4 and click on the “Details” link next to your configured account and then on the “Edit” link in the pop-up dialog. In the “Incoming (POP3) server information” section, you’ll find an option for “Leave a copy of messages on the server”.

Word count: 480 Draft saved at 4:53:25 pm. Toggle panel: Publish Publish Save Draft Preview Status: Draft Edit Edit status Visibility: Public Edit Edit visibility Publish immediately Edit Edit date and time Move to TrashPublish Toggle panel: Page Attributes Page Attributes Parent Parent Template Page Template Order Order 0 Need help? Use the Help tab above the screen title. Toggle panel: Layout Layout Sidebar Settings Select the desired Page layout Sidebar Setting Choose a custom sidebar for this entry Footer Settings Display the footer widgets? Title Bar Settings Display the Title Bar with Page Title and Breadcrumb Navigation? Header visibility and transparency Several options to change the header transparency and visibility on this page. Toggle panel: Featured Image Featured Image Set featured image Toggle panel: SEO Settings SEO Settings Search Engine Listing Links Miscellaneous Search Engine Listing Title Tag: You’ve entered 0 characters. Most search engines use up to 70. Meta Description: You’ve entered 0 characters. Most search engines use up to 140. Search Result Type: SEO Ultimate by SEO Design Solutions Toggle panel: Excerpt Excerpt Excerpt Excerpts are optional hand-crafted summaries of your content that can be used in your theme. Learn more about manual excerpts. Toggle panel: Slug Slug Slug Thank you for creating with WordPress. Version 4.6.1