How to add your Hotmail account to your iPad

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If you want to learn how to set up your Hotmail account on your iPad, you have come to the right place. Although Apple didn’t make it a default as with Gmail, MobileMe and such, it’s a fairly simple process, and this set of instructions you will have your Hotmail account up and running in no time at all.

Just be sure to set things up carefully, and you’ll be all set to check your messages any time you want without having to kick someone off the computer.

  1. Tap on the Settings icon (usually on your Home screen).
  2. Tap on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars.”
  3. Tap on “Add Account…”
  4. Tap “Other.”
Add Hotmail account to iPad
  1. Tap “Add Mail Account.”
  2. Enter your user name, the full e-mail address, password, and a description of the account (if you want to change it from the default, which is your full e-mail address).
  3. Tap “Save.”
  4. For Hotmail accounts, it will automatically grab the proper server settings.

Your iPad should now try to sign into your account. It will give you a conformation when it is done. If you get an error then double check your password.

If you’re still having problems sending and/or receiving messages, you can try these manual settings:

Incoming Mail Server

  • Host Name:
  • User Name: ***

Outgoing Mail Server

  • SMTP:
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  • Katie

    @Rod. What are your security settings? If they are not the defaults then of course your process will be different. Also, if you have and enterprise version of Gmail your settings will be different. Ditto, if you have an iPad 2, or if you have a different version of the iOS.

  • Bree

    Worked for me once I figured out that I needed to enter my hotmail password and not my apple password.

  • Bree

    Worked for me once I figured out it wanted my hotmail password and not my apple password. Thanks for the help.

  • Rod

    This solution does not work. Not even close. You need to add a password for the PoP 3 server.

  • Rod


    Haven't changed any security settings. Don't have gMail. I do have an iPad 2 with the latest iOS (updated it yesterday). The error message says " is not responding. Verify that you have entered the correct account info in Mail settings," which I have done. The settings on the iPad 2 are exactly the same as on my iPhone 3GS which works fine with Hotmail.

    Using Hotmail. Do not have an enterprise version of gMail.

    Thank you for you concern.


  • ken

    will not open attachments?

  • Jenna

    Hi I am having the same trouble. I am being told that ‘Pop3live username or password is incorrect’ so I don’t know what im doing wrong

  • Niki

    I am having same problem. It says username or password incorrect whe I try to add hotmail account but they aren’t bc can access account from other computers without problems.