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windows-live-hotmailMicrosoft  has recently enabled  POP3 and SMTP features in all  Hotmail accounts. Until some time ago such features where only available  in Hotmail Plus accounts where users had to pay to get them. As you know POP3 and SMTP support lets you receive and send your personal emails from your phone and  any e-mail client software such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook etc.  This is quite useful, above all if you want to download your personal emails to your computer or laptop and read them later without having to get an Internet connection. Anyway such an opportunity won’t be available to everybody right away.

As a matter of fact, Microsoft for some unknown reason has decided to gradually extend this features to all its users starting from  Canada, Australia, France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Italy  and United Kingdom. Other countries will have to wait a little longer. If you are not one of those lucky guys living in the countries listed above and can’t wait to have POP3 and SMTP features in your Hotmail, here is a hack to activate them right away!

  1. Log-in to your Hotmail account.
  2. Click Option and click  More Options at the end of the menu.
  3. Now, click on Registered Information.
  4. In the Home Location and Work Location change whatever your wrote in the forms to:
  5. Postal Code: WC1B 3DG
    Constituent Country: England
    Time zone: London, United Kingdom – GMT

  6. Click Save.
  7. Make sure that the  default  language in  Hotmail is set to English ( go to  Options.).
  8. Done!

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4 Comments to “How to turn on POP3 and SMTP in Windows Live Hotmail”

  1. Tony Says:

    This actually works well. I was a little skeptical at first but I’ll be coming back here in the future for tips. Thanks a lot.

  2. Eduardo Says:

    Scratch the before comment…the time zone was not right. Thx

  3. Eduardo Says:

    Thanks for this. However, I recently created a hotmail account..and if I go to change the Work and Home locations…England is not one of the options. Perhaps MS has caught on to this and removed it.

  4. Mich Says:

    Thanks for the hotmail to gmail forwarding tip. Nothing less than excellent! I tried it and it works. Sweet hack!!!!!!!

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