How to sync your Outlook.com e-mail with iOS

Want to check your mail on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch? Here's how.

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Although the mobile Outlook.com Web site is gorgeous, it's hardly efficient to access the browser each time you want to check your mail, especially if you have other accounts already synced with your iOS device.

But more than that, getting your Outlook.com e-mail in the official Mail app gives you access to a very coveted feature: Push.

Since Outlook.com is still in beta, and Hotmail is still very much alive, it will be some time before Apple replaces Mail's "Hotmail" setup option with "Outlook.com."

Until then, here's the embarrassingly easy workaround:

  • Head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Hotmail. In the e-mail field, enter your full outlook.com address, like youremail@outlook.com. Then, enter your password, followed by a name for your inbox.
  • Hit "Next" and finally, select the various items you want synced with your iOS device.

It's not yet clear whether adding your Outlook.com e-mail as a Microsoft Exchange account offers any benefits, but if you'd like to use this method instead, follow these steps:

  • Head to Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Microsoft Exchange. In the e-mail field, enter your full outlook.com address, like youremail@outlook.com. For "Domain" enter m.hotmail.com. Enter your full outloook.com e-mail address for the username, followed by your account password.
  • Tap "Next" and a new "Server" field will appear. Enter m.hotmail.com. Hit "Next" again and finally, select the various items you want synced with your iOS device.
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