how to configure hotmail with imap settings in mail 4.2

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by tucablanca, Jun 12, 2010.

  1. tucablanca macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    hey there,

    just got a macbook pro and wanted to configure my hotmail accounts to be read in mail 4.2 in such a way any change I did in the webmail could be seen in mail and viceversa. When configuring it automatically (letting mail figure out all my account details) that didn´t happen; I was told that I need to set the account type to Imap for this sync to happen.

    When I configure a new account in Mail 4.2 the account type (pop) appears automatically, and there´s no chance I can change it, not even afterwards when going to the account menu.

    I tried with MacFreePops but configured all as it is requested and it shows a connection error as it can connect to the server (I've tried typing and localhost, plus all the rest of the settings)

    Would really appreciate if someone told me if it´s possible to configure several hotmail accounts in Mail 4.2 so they work seamlessly.

    Thanks a lot!
  2. Middling macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    Hotmail doesn't currently support IMAP. See this thread for information and requests for Microsoft to support it.
  3. tucablanca thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    Thanks for the reply! The only reason I stick to hotmail is because I´ve used for quite a long time and it would be a hassle to change my address everywhere I´ve registered it.
    Is there a way like, for instance, integrate your hotmail in gmail and then read gmail from Mail 4.2, which will keep the accounts seamless? (changes made in webmail will be shown in gmail and mail and viceversa, and keep all folders and contacts?
  4. Middling macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    You should be able to use Gmail to get all the email from Hotmail via POP3. Here's a simple guide.

    You can then access Gmail via IMAP. This will keep your email synchronised between Gmail and

    Apple's Address Book supports syncing contacts to and from Google. If Hotmail supports exporting contacts as standard vcard files you will be able to import them into Address Book.
  5. tucablanca thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    Thanks! it worked well; however, it is not seamless: if I delete or read something in Mail it doesn´t show up in Hotmail webmail :( am I doing something wrong?
  6. Middling macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2009
    Any changes you make in wont be reflected in because Hotmail is using POP3.

    Since Gmail is now pulling all your email from Hotmail your best option is to simply use the Gmail web interface instead of Hotmail when you need webmail.
  7. tucablanca thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2010
    thanks! it´s working now. I think it just means eventually you must move away from Hotmail :)

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