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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail iOS devices
I know a few people who have had Hotmail address for a long time and don't want to change. They also have bought iPhones and now have no way to use the built-in client on the iPhone to read mail. This solutions lets them read Hotmail on their iPhone. (Actually, the same setup can apply for Apple Mail, too.) One catch here is that your Hotmail account must support Forwarding. You can see it is does under the Hotmail Options.

Basically these instructions help you set up forwarding in Hotmail so that incoming messages are forwarded from Hotmail to a Gmail account. This also sets up Gmail and the iPhone to make replies and new messages look like they come from Hotmail. When complete, you can read, reply, and send messages in Gmail and the iPhone as if you were on Hotmail.

With this solution in place:
  • Email people send to your Hotmail address will be visible on your iPhone in the built-in iPhone Mail software.
  • If you reply to a message on the iPhone or in Gmail, to your recipients it will look like it came from your Hotmail address.
  • You can still check mail using Hotmail on the web if you like.
  • You can also log into Gmail and see your Hotmail messages there.
  • An added bonus is that you will benefit from Gmail's junk mail filter, which is excellent.
  • Since Gmail supports IMAP, the iPhone and the Gmail mailbox is synced nicely as you read, delete and filter messages.
Note: While you can still read email on the Hotmail website as you currently do, there is an advantage to reading your Hotmail in your new Gmail account. The iPhone and the Gmail account will be synced -- so for example, Gmail and the iPhone will keep track of which messages you have read on either device. If you get a message and read it on the iPhone, when you check your Gmail account it will also show as read. Were you to check your mail on Hotmail.com, messages you have already read on the iPhone will show as new.

The same goes for deleting messages. If you delete a message on the Gmail site, these will be deleted from the iPhone, too. The same is true for filters. You can set up filters on the Gmail site, and this filtering will by synced to the iPhone. None of this is synced with the mail you see on Hotmail.com. So basically, if you implement this, you are better off just checking and reading your Hotmail messages in Gmail, but its up to you.

In addition to these steps, you may need to do work to bring your Hotmail address book to Gmail. Gmail has some instructions to help with that.

Start with Gmail. Create a new Gmail account. Note that you could use an existing Gmail account for this solution. This has some tradeoffs, one being that messages you send from the iPhone appear to come from that Gmail account instead of your existing Hotmail account. If you just want to keep your Hotmail account intact and use that as your main account, I think it's better for to create a new Gmail account and just use that for handling Hotmail.

Under Settings, go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP » Enable IMAP. Save the changes. Under Settings and then Accounts, add another email address -- add your existing Hotmail account.

Now go to Hotmail. In your inbox, there should be a message from Gmail; you need to click on a link in that message. Next go to Options and set up forwarding to your new Gmail account. It's up to you whether messages are retained in Hotmail. (If you don't have an option for forwarding, you may be out of luck. Perhaps others have advice on how to get Hotmail to allow this.)

Back to Gmail: There should be a message from Hotmail; you need to click on a link in that message. Now back into Gmail settings, under Accounts, you should see your Hotmail email address listed. Click on the link that says Make Default. From here on, you can use Gmail as your way to check Hotmail. You actually do not need to login to Hotmail any more to read mail, you can use your Gmail account as the web-based way to check Hotmail.

Now how to access from iPhone: On the iPhone, go to Settings and then Mail. Delete any previous attempts you've made to make a Hotmail account -- these can cause problems with the new account you create. Create a new email account by clicking Add Account. On the next screen, choose Other (don't pick Gmail). Here are the settings:
  • Name: Your Name
  • Address: Your current hotmail.com email address
  • Description: (can be anything) "hotmail"
  • Incoming Mail Server:
    • HostName: imap.gmail.com
    • UserName: yournewaddress@gmail.com
    • Password: the password for this gmail account
  • Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.gmail.com
    • UserName: yournewaddress@gmail.com
    • Password: the password for this gmail account
  • All other settings should match the defaults.
Send yourself a test message to your Hotmail account from another account. Give it a few minutes, and it should then show on your iPhone.
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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: justspaztik on Dec 28, '07 09:19:18AM
HERES HOW: http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=sCPghi1GP88
This video tutorial shows you how to use Hotmail on your iPod touch but, I imagine it would work exactly the same on an iPhone. Check it out.

ALTERNATIVE: If you have Hotmail Plus, you can try this:
http://mailcall.spaces.live.com/Blog/cns!CC9301187A51FE33!44348.entry


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This is a hint for setting up ANY e-mail in g-mail - not just hotmail.
Authored by: alexmathew on Dec 28, '07 10:35:50AM

For 99.95% of the people who use (still) use Hotmail - this part of the hint will be enough:
(If you don't have an option for forwarding, you may be out of luck. Perhaps others have advice on how to get Hotmail to allow this.)
Unless you pay or install a web popper software - there is no "free" way to forward Hotmail.

And whats this got to do with the iPhone? This is more about gmail than iPhone. Anyone who's used the iPhone knows that its possible to access gmail from an iPhone.

AM



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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: shuntsu on Dec 28, '07 11:50:20AM

Well while this is all well and good, I would think this would just be a stopgap measure to switch full-time to GMail. If I am using an iPhone, clearly IMAP email with IDLE support is probably the best way to use email on the device currently. Hotmail (even Plus!) doesn't provide such functionality right now, so I would simply migrate my mail over to GMail permanently. I might even pay for Plus! for one month to get POP access to my old hotmail stuff so I could use GMail to suck up all my old messages, then turn on forwarding and do the legwork to change my email for good.

I don't even have an iPhone, and I did this just to get decent IMAP support for free, and I had Hotmail Plus!, even.



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If you don't have a Hotmail account that allows forwarding...
Authored by: designr on Dec 28, '07 11:53:43AM
If you don't have a Hotmail account that allows forwarding...

i.e., if you have a free (completely anonymous) Hotmail account that doesn't allow forwarding, you can buy MailForward for $20:

http://www.sspi-software.com/mailfwd_macx.html

Keep in mind that even if you change your Reply-To address on the iPhone to display your Hotmail address, replies sent from the iPhone still pass through the gmail SMTP server and your gmail address is traceable in the email headers. You can read your Hotmail email on the iPhone anonymously but, to reply with total anonymity you must still reply from the Hotmail website (or Entourage if you have a legacy account).

So, don't assume you can do all your gangsta sh*t on the iPhone and not be jacked by 5-0.

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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: legacyb4 on Dec 28, '07 06:27:41PM
To get the most use out of Gmail IMAP, make sure your Sent/Drafts/Trash folders are properly configured.

Gmail IMAP folder settings for iPod Touch

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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: walchan99 on Jan 01, '08 06:41:42PM

Well, my hotmail account does support forwarding, but Hotmail does not accept anything but hotmail.com, msn.com, and what they describe as 'custom' domains. Tried to enter gmail, yahoo, as well as my forwarding service. None worked.



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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: crazr on Apr 07, '08 06:19:33PM

Hi just want to say that free hotmail users could actually forward their emails to a non microsoft account.

To do this you need to sign up for mobile msn in hotmail options.

This service is made to deliver sms notifications to your mobile and will let your service provider charge you a fee for every sms. However once you set it up you can disable the notifications and you will benefit from the added feature of mail forwarding to different accounts.
Note: this also depends if you service provider is listed with hotmail ... so it might not work in all countries .. it works here in canada

Another thing is how to import/export contacts from hotmail to gmail. I read the how-to posted here and found it a bit long and amateur.

Live mail has made it easy to export contacts to .csv ... go to options and u'll find it there ... you dont have to copy your file into an excel sheet then save it ... so on

If you need more detailed steps feel free to request it



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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: BobbyBombs on Jul 28, '08 10:16:44AM

CRAZ

I set up MSM Mobile with my free hotmail account, How exactly do you forward the emails to GMAIL after. It still does not allow me to do this.
Thx



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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: milani on Jul 18, '08 04:26:42PM

I signed up just to say that this trick works PERFECTLY! I'm so thankful.

There is only about a minute delay between the Hotmail account initially receiving the email and then forwarding it to Gmail, which in turn is almost immediately forwarded to my Mail on my iPhone.

You can also set Gmail to reply under a different email (in this case use your @hotmail.com account), and so when I write a reply from my iPhone the person who gets my reply email will see that it came from @hotmail.com, not the @gmail.com email I made to grab the forwards and view on the phone.

The only thing you can't do is view your Hotmail junk mail (and if an email goes in Hotmail junk it will NOT be forwarded to Gmail) - otherwise it works perfectly! Exactly what I needed. Thanks again!



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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: BobbyBombs on Jul 28, '08 10:25:40AM

How did you get Hotmail to forward emails to GMail through Mobile MSN??



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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: Wildman93 on Aug 06, '08 10:45:34AM

You can't forward out of Hotmail to Gmail...

"Forwarding
You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or Windows Live Custom Domains."

When I tried gmail anyway, I got a similar error message..."You're only able to forward mail to a custom domain or an e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, or live.com. Please try again."

-Wildman



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Figured it out!!!
Authored by: mex_storm on Aug 19, '08 07:51:22PM
So this took some thinking but I finally have hotmail on my iPhone. The only limitation is you need to have a computer running that is working as the middle man, Here are the steps:

1 - Setup a free email account like gmail (use a new one)
2 - On a mac, install FreePops http://freepops.sourceforge.net/en/
3 - To make your life easy, also install the front end application MacFreePOPS http://www.e-link.it/macfreepops/
4 - Use the tutorial to get this working pull your hotmail and load it into the apple Mail program http://anchemac.info/anchemac/node/59 (oddly this is in Italian so just use the pictures)
5 - Set up a rule in Mail to Redirect all messages in this new account to another email address (use the gmail account you set up in step 1)
6 - Set up the new gmail account in Mail
7 - Sync your iPhone
8 - Sit back and enjoy

The basic overview is that FreePops is a local application on your Mac that works as a server and gets mail from your hotmail account and loads it into your MAIL application. Using the MAIL application, you can then redirect new messages to the new gmail account you set up. Finally, after you set up the gmail and sync your iPhone, the new account will automatically get added to your iPhone mail app. Now you are good to go.

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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: mex_storm on Aug 19, '08 08:03:06PM
So this took some thinking but I finally have hotmail on my iPhone. The only limitation is you need to have a computer running that is working as the middle man, Here are the steps:

1 - Setup a free email account like gmail (use a new one)
2 - On a mac, install FreePops http://freepops.sourceforge.net/en/
3 - To make your life easy, also install the front end application MacFreePOPS http://www.e-link.it/macfreepops/
4 - Use the tutorial to get this working pull your hotmail and load it into the apple Mail program http://anchemac.info/anchemac/node/59 (oddly this is in Italian so just use the pictures)
5 - Set up a rule in Mail to Redirect all messages in this new account to another email address (use the gmail account you set up in step 1)
6 - Set up the new gmail account in Mail
7 - Sync your iPhone
8 - Sit back and enjoy

The basic overview is that FreePops is a local application on your Mac that works as a server and gets mail from your hotmail account and loads it into your MAIL application. Using the MAIL application, you can then redirect new messages to the new gmail account you set up. Finally, after you set up the gmail and sync your iPhone, the new account will automatically get added to your iPhone mail app. Now you are good to go.

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Forward Hotmail to Gmail, then use Gmail Pop3 to get on Iphone
Authored by: kkroo on Aug 22, '08 09:34:00AM
Forward your Hotmail, and Windows Live Mail to ANY other email address. Not only that but it is for FREE!

You can also use it to forward your Hotmail to Gmail and then use Gmail's POP3 to access your Hotmail on your iPhone!

http://hotmailforwarder.com

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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: jebcom on Sep 13, '08 11:38:50AM

Don't worry about forwarding from your Hotmail account; that's not what this article is describing. I don't know why it says that your Hotmail account needs to support forwarding.

This article describes how to make Gmail retrieve (via POP3) your messages from Hotmail. If you pay ($20 or so per year) for Hotmail Plus (or whatever it's called) then your Hotmail account should have this capability.

I set it up and it seems to be working well. But in iPhone, I just set it up as a Gmail account.

Try these settings for configuring Hotmail retrieval:
POP Server: pop3.live.com
Use SSL: yes
Port: 995



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Hotmail on your iPhone without forwarding or paying for Hotmail Plus
Authored by: mfluent on Oct 26, '08 07:43:03PM
A new native iPhone app just came out last week called mBoxMail that let's you get your Hotmail right on your iPhone without having to mess with forwarding or paying for hotmail plus.

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Set up Hotmail on the iPhone via Gmail
Authored by: izzy35 on Oct 28, '08 11:46:49AM

so i followed the instructions step by step bc it said they are the same for APPLE mail...however, it didnt' work for me...I do receive my msn messages that are forwarded to gmail, through APPLE mail, but my reply address always comes up as my gmail address....any help with this??



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