Later this year, Microsoft will sunset Hotmail in favor of Outlook.com, their new email service. The new Outlook.com service boasts a super clean interface and as with any new email service, there’s still an opportunity to grab that elusive email address void of extraneous numerals you’re forced to add in order to find one that’s available. If you’ve switched or considering a switch, here’s how to set up Outlook.com email on iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

set up Outlook.com email on iPhone

On your iOS device, navigate to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > 

  • Tap on Add Account…
  • Select ‘Hotmail’
  • Select ‘Add Mail Account’

Outlook.com settings iPhone

Type in your Outlook.com credentials including your email ending in @outlook.com, password and give it a title so that you can distinguish it from other email accounts on your iPhone.

sync-accounts

You should see a short process of verifying your account and you’ll have options for what you’ll apps you’ll want to sync with your Outlook.com account. You can disable those if that’s your preference and leave mail set to ‘On’. Tap on ‘Save’ to complete the email set-up process.

When this process completes, you will see the Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendars screen that shows a list of your accounts. If you follow the process outlined, your new IMAP account will be listed as Outlook.com.

  1. Press the Home button
  2. Tap on Mail
  3. From the list of accounts, select ‘Outlook.com’

Tip: If you are not seeing all of your messages, you have to adjust the ‘Mail Days To Sync’. By default, it is set to 3.

  1. Open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  2. Tap on Outlook.com
  3. Change Mail Days To Sync to: No Limit, 1 Day, 3 Days, 1 Week, 2 Weeks or 1 Month

Mail days to sync

Microsoft has done a very good job with Outlook.com. It’s completely free to sign up for a new account it easy to setup Outlook.com email on your iPhone to co-exist with your other accounts. Microsoft also offers an option to send and receive email from other popular services including Yahoo and Gmail.