How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Consolidate your email accounts into one app

What there is to know

  • Automatique: Windows Live Messaging > Choice > Email accounts > Add > Email account.
  • Manual: Manually configure server settings > Following and enter the required information.
  • Windows 10 Mail: Add an account > Settings > Manage Accounts > Add an account and enter your email account information.

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Windows Live Mail was discontinued in 2016, but instructions for adding email accounts remain here for those still using it. Instructions for the Windows Mail app are also included.

How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Add new accounts through the interface.

Select blue Windows Live Messaging located in the upper left corner of the application window.

When the menu appears, select Choice then choose Email accounts.

When the Accounts dialog box appears, select the Add button.

To select Email account as the type of account you want to add to Windows Live Mail.

Enter your email account and login credentials with the option to set your display name. Make sure that Remember this password is selected if the computer is not shared. Uncheck this option or create multiple Windows user accounts to improve your privacy.

With more than one account, to make the account you are adding the default account, select the Make it my default email account check box.

Manual Server Settings

To select Manually configure server settings and click Following to add an account that is not recognized. Add information to connect to mail servers. After entering these settings, Windows Live should be able to retrieve emails without issue.

Add an account to Windows Mail

In Windows 10, use the Windows Mail app. Also, if you use your Microsoft account to sign in to your computer, that email address is already set up in the Mail app.

Accessing the Mail app and adding additional email accounts to it is simple.

Type to post in the search box in the lower right corner of the taskbar and select Messaging app in the search results.

A welcome page will appear if this is your first time using the Mail app. If yes, select Add an account and skip to step 4. If you’ve used the app before, select Settings in the lower left corner of the Mail window and choose Manage Accounts.

Manage Accounts in Windows Mail Settings

To select Add an account.

Add Account Selection in Windows Mail Manage Accounts

The Add Account window opens. Choose the type of email account you want to add, for example Outlook, Googleor yahoo.

Add account window in Windows Mail

Enter the login information for the account and select Following.

Login window in Windows Mail configuration Add account

Windows Mail verifies your account information. A confirmation screen notifies you when setup is complete.

Confirmation of account setup in Windows Mail

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Supported email providers

As with most apps, there are some limitations on the types of email servers and providers supported. Windows Live Mail can support most webmail providers, including Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo! To post.


More information about How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Consolidate your email accounts to one application

What to Know
Automatic: Windows Live Mail > Options > Email accounts > Add > Email account.
Manual: Manually configure server settings > Next and enter the required info.
Windows 10 Mail: Add Account > Settings > Manage Accounts > Add Account and enter the info for your email account.
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Windows Live Mail was discontinued in 2016, but instructions for adding email accounts remain here for those who still use it. Instructions for the Windows Mail app are also included.

How to Add Email Accounts to Windows Live Mail

Add new accounts through the interface.

Select the blue Windows Live Mail button located on the top-left corner of the application window.

When the menu appears, select Options and then choose Email accounts.

When the Accounts dialog box appears, select the Add button.

Select Email Account as the type of account you wish to add to Windows Live Mail. 

Enter your email account and login credentials along with the option to set your Display name. Verify that Remember this password is selected if the computer is not shared. Uncheck this option or create multiple Windows user accounts to improve your privacy.

With more than one account, to make the account you are adding the default account, select the Make this my default email account checkbox.

Manual Server Settings

Select Manually configure server settings and click Next to add an account that’s not recognized. Add the information to connect to the email servers. After you enter those settings, Windows Live should be able to fetch the emails without a problem.

Add an Account to Windows Mail

On Windows 10, use the Windows Mail app. In addition, if you use your Microsoft account to sign in to your computer, that email address is already set up in the Mail app.

Accessing the Mail app and adding additional email accounts to it is simple.

Type mail into the search box in the lower-right corner of the taskbar and select Mail App in the search results.

A welcome page appears if this is the first time you have used the Mail app. If so, select Add Account and skip to step 4. If you have used the app before, select Settings in the lower-left corner of the Mail window and choose Manage Accounts.

Select Add Account.

The Add an Account window opens. Choose the type of email account you want to add, such as Outlook, Google, or Yahoo.

Enter the sign-in information for the account and select Next.

Windows Mail verifies your account information. A confirmation screen notifies you when the setup is complete.

Lifewire Supported Email Providers

As with most applications, there are some limitations to the types of servers and email providers that are supported. Windows Live Mail can support most webmail providers including Outlook.com, Gmail, and Yahoo! Mail. 

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