Join Doug Winnie for an in-depth discussion in this video Adding an Outlook.com account, part of Up and Running with Windows 8.1 Phones.
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- With a configured Windows Phone 8.1 device, you can add additional e-mail and calendar accounts to your device in addition to the original Microsoft Account. In this video, we'll go over how to add an additional Outlook.com e-mail account, which also includes Hotmail or Windows Live e-mails and again, Hotmail.com or Live.com. To set up the Microsoft e-mail account, we need to have the following information, your e-mail address and your password. When we set up the account, you'll be able to sync the following information with your Windows Phone device, including e-mail, calendars, contacts, and tasks.
To set up the account, we'll need to launch the Settings app. From the start screen, swipe left to display the list of all of our apps. Swipe to the Settings app. Tap the Settings app to open it. We need to adjust e-mail and accounts that are linked with our device, so tap the e-mail+accounts option. Tap the plus button at the top to add an account. Now we need to select which type of account we are adding. The Outlook.com option applies to any account that uses Outlook.com, Live.com, Hotmail.com, or an MSN account.
So tap Outlook.com. We need to authenticate with Outlook.com to add the account to our device. Tap connect to continue. You'll be taken to the Microsoft login screen. Here enter your e-mail address under Microsoft account and your password. Tap Sign In to continue. After you have authenticated successfully, you'll see the account added to the list. It'll be grayed out until the initial sync of your account information is complete. With that finished, you'll also have an Outlook.com tile listed in your all app list and a new pinned app on your start screen to access your e-mail account.
If we go back to the e-mail settings, tapping on the Outlook.com account will display account options that we can customize. You can give your account a custom name by entering in a new title on the first line. You can also change how often you want your e-mail updated. By default it will adjust how often it contacts the server based on your usage. You can change that to get notifications whenever you get a new message or have it check the server at fixed intervals or manually check your new e-mail whenever you request. By default your device will keep your e-mail for seven days, but you can alter it to a shorter, longer, or to sync all messages to your account.
Finally you can adjust which items you want to sync with your account. By default e-mail, contacts, calendar, and tasks are all synced. Unchecking will stop syncing those items and remove them from your device. At the bottom are more advanced settings that you should leave with their default values. And that's it. Now you have your Outlook.com e-mail set up on your device.
- Adding an Outlook.com, Gmail, or Exchange email account
- Personalizing your phone
- Getting apps from the Windows Phone Store
- Working with contacts, calendars, and the Camera app
- Working with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files