Enable Hotmail POP3 In All Countries

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 22, 2009
Updated • Jan 3, 2015

Update:Microsoft has replaced Hotmail with Outlook, a new web service that supports a similar functionality. You need to enable  Pop3 access in the account before devices and programs can connect to your email account using it.

To do so click on the preferences icon once you signed in to your Outlook account and select options from the context menu that appears.

On the next page, select "Connect devices and apps with POP".

Switch POP from disable to enable there to enable it for the account. Once you select enable, you can decide furthermore whether you want to give apps and devices delete message functionality or not.

Once you have made your choice, you can configure your email clients to connect to Outlook using POP.

Microsoft has created a Help page that provides you with information on how to configure the email client once POP3 has been enabled.

They are:

  • Incoming email server: pop-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 995
  • Encrypted Connection: SSL
  • Outgoing email server: smtp-mail.outlook.com
  • Port: 25 (or 587 as backup if 25 is blocked)
  • Authentication: yes
  • Encrypted Connection: TLS
  • User name: your email address
  • Password: your password

You find instructions on how to enable IMAP instead on the same page as well. Update end

Microsoft announced a change to the Hotmail email provider service that they offer. The feature to access Hotmail accounts using a POP3 connection will be gradually enabled for all Hotmail accounts. Gradually meaning that only users from some countries like Germany, Italy or the United Kingdom are currently able to connect to Hotmail via POP3 while others have to wait until Microsoft enables POP3 access for their countries as well.

There his however a simple method to enable POP3 access in Hotmail right away independently from where you are accessing Hotmail. Microsoft is checking the location stored in the Hotmail account to determine if a account should have POP3 access. All that needs to be done to enable both POP3 is therefor to change that location in the Hotmail account profile.

To do that select More Options by hovering the mouse over Options in Hotmail. Select View and edit your personal information in Manage your account and click on Registered Information. Information about the location should appear. Edit those information so that they are in a country that currently supports Hotmail POP3. You can later change it back if POP3 support is added for your country as well.

One easy way to find an address is to search for hotels in London using a search engine and copy their information into Hotmail. Make sure you change the postal code, timezone and country in the menu. You can for instance use that postal code for London: SW1V 4BN

Now that you have enabled POP3 access you need to configure your email client to access Hotmail this way.

Incoming Server: pop3.live.com
Incoming Port: 995
SSL Encryption: yes

Outgoing Server: smtp.live.com
outgoing port: 25
Authentication: yes
TLS Or SSL: yes

The username and password are the same that are used to log into the Hotmail site


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  1. Pastor cosmas ogidi said on August 18, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Pleaz i have not been abel 2 configure my n70 4 hotmail.Pleaz i need help.

  2. seremani said on July 30, 2011 at 10:23 pm

    my wishes is all about doing good things

  3. Keith said on March 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Orange and Hotmail config that works for me:

    SMTP SERVER:smptp.live.com
    SMTP Port:25
    Secure connection:TLS
    Incoming server type:Pop3
    Pop3 server:pop3.live.com
    pop3 port: 995
    apop: no
    Secure connection:SSL
    Download limit:5
    Pop before SMTP:no
    SMTP auth:yes
    Same as pop3/imap4: yes

    Currently allowing me to send and recieve emails.
    Hope this helps.

  4. Capt Pravin K Singh said on September 20, 2009 at 10:13 pm

    Thx for the information. Its helpful and I was able to activate my POP.

  5. yahia bsat said on September 16, 2009 at 10:32 am

    thx it is working

  6. the silentcontrol said on February 22, 2009 at 5:40 am

    works for me….

  7. meh said on February 17, 2009 at 1:53 am

    I tried configuring it in Outlook 2007, but it recognizes @hotmail.com in my email address and reverts the server type to HTTP. Serves me right for using Outlook, I suppose.

  8. MonteCito said on February 16, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    it works.. i like it.. now i can get all my mails from different accounts in to one gmail account.. thanks.

  9. Jess said on February 5, 2009 at 7:15 am

    thanks this worked! had to wait a few minutes as it didn’t work initially.

  10. Omi Azad said on February 3, 2009 at 4:57 am

    You don’t need to use the given Postal Code for London. Better you visit Microsoft UK home page and take that address from there and use that.

  11. Ryan said on January 29, 2009 at 1:12 am

    It just keeps asking me to put in username and password. Never connects.

  12. Mohamed Rashwan said on January 27, 2009 at 1:02 am

    its all about sign out and then sign in again

  13. HotmailUser said on January 26, 2009 at 5:45 am

    First, I tried to just change the country to UK..and it didn’t work.

    Then I looked up an entire Canada address (some hotel) and changed my location info, filled in each and every field and Abracadabra…it worked like a charm..

    Thanks for the tip.

  14. Jonathan said on January 24, 2009 at 3:09 am

    Will this work for msn.com email?

  15. Jonathan said on January 24, 2009 at 3:03 am

    It worked…I was almost ready to pay for the 1 year update for hotmail plus.

  16. Justin said on January 24, 2009 at 2:29 am

    It works on my iPod touch! :)

  17. chinese said on January 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    good is It is very useful information


  18. chinese said on January 23, 2009 at 11:18 am

    yeah !!is good thx

  19. JS365 said on January 23, 2009 at 1:36 am

    After all changes yesterday, it didn’t work.
    But I try to access again today, it works without any further works!!
    It might take some time to complete the enabling setting~~

  20. amzz said on January 22, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    its open to US also, i guess worldwide

  21. K-MAN said on January 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm




  22. Nicbot said on January 22, 2009 at 7:45 pm


    As Amzz said, make sure to enter in a complete address…

    Finally my Hotmail and Gmail is all on one spot! Thanks!

  23. amzz said on January 22, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    It works, you have to change


    and it will work

  24. shogun said on January 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    oh.. worked now…
    same as Mat Harris…

  25. RG said on January 22, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    This is great, thanx.

  26. Mat Harris said on January 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    Worked for me. I initially got the error above,

    “Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password.
    Please contact Microsoft’s support team for more information on POP access”

    but I logged out and back into hotmail, and resubmitted the request and it worked. Went back to my gmail inbox and all my hotmail messages were there. Awesome.

  27. shogun said on January 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    didn’t work :-(

  28. Raymond said on January 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    Thanks Martin for this. I have been trying to get hotmail to work on pop3 for my gf and couldn’t get it to work. Now I changed the home adress it it works.

  29. Khai said on January 22, 2009 at 5:17 am

    should’nt this be ‘re’ enables? I used to use OE to check my hotmail until they decided to remove that feature…

  30. amzz said on January 22, 2009 at 2:53 am

    even after changing to UK,

    Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password.
    Please contact Microsoft’s support team for more information on POP access.
    Show error details Server returned error: “user does not have POP3 access”

  31. JS365 said on January 22, 2009 at 2:49 am

    I just tried and failed.
    I do change the setting to London. But server still told me that I don’t have POP3 access right.

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