8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 5, 2010 10:54 AM by Ernie Stamper
niallsnan Level 1 (0 points)
Been a user for 1 week only. Can you help with settings to use Mail for Hotmail. Is it possible. I am hotmail.com I can get Homtail via Google etc but would like to use the Mail facility on dashboard. Thanks.

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • V.K. Level 9 (56,110 points)
    you need to have a hotmail plus account to be able to use hotmail in an email client such as Mail. if you just have regular hotmail you can only access it via webmail using a web browser.
  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 (103,365 points)
    Hi and Welcome to Apple Discussions...

    Go here for instructions for setting up Hotmali on Mac Mail

    How to Access Hotmail with Mac OS X Mail

    I'm not sure if you can access Mail through Dashboard. Once you have set up Hotmail in your Mac Mail application all you have to do is click the Mail icon in your Dock.

  • BuffaloBill84 Level 1 (0 points)

    Sorry to disagree with your statement, but I configured my regular Hotmail account on Mail and it works.

    POP3 has been accessible for standard accounts for a little while now, as long as I know.

    Still a bit clumpsy some times, but it works.

  • znmex3r Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Bill, I don't think this is true. Certainly Hotmail will not accept MobileMe trying to receive messages from it. You simply get the message "The mail server for your external POP account cannot be reached. Make sure the incoming mail server is correct in the Other tab of Mail Preferences". Did you ever try this? It doesn't seem to be able to connect to pop3.live.com. I guess Hotmail is blocking it.
  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)
    A Hotmail account can be setup in Mail -- I have done so.

  • znmex3r Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Ernie, what mail server did you use? pop3.live.com? It doesn't work - at least not for me. I've just been through it with an online Apple support guy and he couldn't make it work either. Do you have an Hotmail Plus account? thanks.
  • znmex3r Level 1 (0 points)
    Furthermore http://support.apple.com/kb/HT2137 says "Note: POP does not support SSL connections, and uses port 110 only (not SPOP and port 995). Some POP services only work with secure POP and therefore cannot be used with MobileMe Mail." so I cannot understand how you got Hotmail working (as it requires SSL and different port numbers). Was this recently? Thanks.
  • Ernie Stamper Level 8 (37,545 points)
    Using pop3.live.com, on Port 995 with SSL! Also using smtp on Port 587, with SSL. Not a Plus account, and this was the default configuration that Mail accomplished as soon as the Create button was clicked.

    There can be periods of getting password prompts if left to auto check for new messages. I also set this up in Mail 2.1.4 in 10.4.11, with those same port settings. Working as I post, but I keep it set to only get new mail manually, but it can work on auto for long periods of time. The servers may be a little weird with Mail?