Microsoft recently announced that it it now allowing users to connect their iPhones, iPads and iPod touches to its free webmail service – Windows Live Hotmail – via Exchange ActiveSync. Before, the only option for Hotmail users wanting to access their email on the go was to set up their accounts via POP3 or login via a web browser. Because the POP3 protocol does not reflect changes to email statuses (whether read, deleted, etc) with the server version, so your emails end up out of sync. Exchange ActiveSync, on the other hand, reflects your changes across all devices. Plus, it means all your new Hotmail messages can be pushed directly to your iPhone or iPad.
- Open Settings and select ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’.
- Select ‘Add account’, and choose ‘Microsoft Exchange’.
- For ‘Email’, enter your Hotmail email address (email@example.com, for example).
- Leave the ‘Domain’ field blank, but enter your Username (probably firstname.lastname@example.org) and Password (hopefully not yourname1234).
- Give the account a description (this will appear in the Email app to identify the account). Select Next.
- After that has verified, a new field – ‘Server’ – will appear. Enter m.hotmail.com in this field. Select Next again.
- Choose which services you want to sync (Mail, Contacts and Calendars), and you’re done.
You can also set up how many days worth of mail you want to sync across and which folders should push emails to you.
To set up whether you want your email pushed to your phone (it’s an all-or-none decision if you have multiple Push-enabled accounts), go back to ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendars’, and select ‘Fetch New Data’. Here you can toggle Push on/off or choose to fetch data every 15 minutes, 30 minutes, hourly or manually (the latter will go easiest on your battery).