Add all your email accounts to Outlook.com

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If you have multiple Microsoft addresses, such as @hotmail.com, @live.com, or @outlook.com, you can use Outlook.com to send and receive email from any of them—all in one place.

Before you take the following steps, you'll need to decide which one of your accounts will be your primary account. It should be the one you use most—the one you'll sign in to day in and day out. Your other accounts become secondary accounts. Here's how you add an account.

Automatically forward email from your secondary to your primary account

You can set your secondary account to automatically forward all incoming mail to your primary account.

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com with your secondary account.

  2. Click the Options icon Options icon, and then click Options.

  3. Click Email forwarding.

  4. Select Forward your mail to another email account.

  5. Enter the email address for your primary account.

  6. If you want, select Keep a copy of forwarded messages in your Outlook inbox, and then click Save.

  7. Sign in to any other secondary account and repeat steps 2-6.

Note

  • You still need to sign in to your secondary account at least once every 365 days, otherwise the system will close the account. To remind yourself to sign in, you can add an event to your calendar.

Set up your primary account to send email from your secondary accounts

  1. Sign in to Outlook.com with your primary account.

  2. Click the Options icon Options icon, and then click Options.

  3. Click Your email accounts.

  4. Click Add a send-only account, enter the email address and password for your secondary account, and then click Next.

  5. If you want to add another account, click go to Options and repeat step 4.

  6. Look for a verification email that was forwarded from the secondary account. Click the link in the email to verify that you own the account.

    If you haven't set up auto-forwarding yet, the verification email will be in your secondary account.

  7. Repeat step 6 for any other secondary accounts you added in step 4.

Note

  • The Add a send-and-receive account option uses POP and isn't recommended for connecting multiple Microsoft accounts.

  • You can add up to 13 accounts total to your Outlook.com account.

Choose a "From" address

You can send email from any account you've added to Outlook.com.

  1. Click New to start a new mail.

  2. Click the down arrow next to your email address (upper left).

  3. Select from the list of addresses.

Set your default "From" address

If you send a lot of email from one of your addresses, you can set it as your default "From" address.

  1. Click the Options icon Options icon, then click Options.
  2. Click Your email accounts.

  3. Under Default "From" address, select the address you'd like to send from by default.

  4. To return to your inbox, click the Outlook.com logo in the upper left.

Sort incoming email into folders

If you want to keep email from different addresses separate (for example, your personal address and business address), Outlook.com can automatically sort incoming mail into different folders.

  1. Click the Options icon Options icon, then click More mail settings.
  2. Under Customizing Outlook, click Rules for sorting new messages, and then click New.

  3. Under Step 1:

    On the first list, select To or Cc line.

    On the second list, select contains.

    In the text box, enter the address for the email you want to sort.

  4. Under Step 2, do one of the following:

    If the folder already exists, select Move to and select the folder from the list.

    If the folder doesn’t exist yet, select Move to a new folder, and enter the folder name.

    You can also automatically forward, delete, add or remove a category, or flag the message.

  5. Click Save.

Note

  • Messages sent to a mailing list won't be added to this folder.

For more help with adding email accounts, contact customer support.

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