Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Check Hotmail in Gmail

A few people who have migrated  from Gmail to hotmail have wondered if it was possible to have their old hotmail email's forwarded to their gmail account. Unfortunately hotmail can only forward email to other hotmail addresses, but there is another solution.

Recently Microsoft quietly enabled POP3 access for hotmail.....This means you can use Gmails mail fetch feature to go into your hotmail account and fetch your hotmail's email so you can check them in Gmail.

Here's how:

1.) Go into your gmails  settings, by clicking the settings link on the top right hand corner






2.) Click the Accounts and Import tab




3.) Scroll down to "Check mail with POP3" and click the "Add POP3 email account" button




4.) A pop-up window should appear, enter your hotmail address here and push "Next Step"




5.)  A new window will appear. Keep the username as is. Input your hotmail account password. Leave the use SSL box checked. The other check boxes are completely optional select them if you wish.




7.) Click the add account button

8.) A final window will pop up asking you if you want to send mail as your hotmail.com so that emails you reply to from your hotmail will partly look they came from your hotmail address and not your gmail...again the choice is yours






9.) If you select "no" than you can press the finish button....If you choose yes than you will have to follow the usual send mail as instructions...




10.) That's it....over the next few minutes you will slowly see your hotmail emails appearing in your gmail.  Hope this helps...send me an email if you have any questions....


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