Forward Hotmail To Gmail

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Pissed off with the sluggish, FOREVER lagging Windows Live Hotmail? I DO.

Here is a tutorial on how to forward your incoming Hotmail emails to your Gmail account.

  1. Go to your hotmail inbox and click on “Options” and then “More Options”
  2. Click on “Mobile Alerts for new messages”.
  3. Click on Sign up for Windows Live Mobile – it’s free and easy!
  4. Select your service provider
  5. Enter your mobile number
  6. Finish the rest of the sign-up process. Don’t check the boxes for Hotmail alerts and MSN alerts!
  7. In the sign-up settings specify to NOT receive any SMS alerts for Hotmail messages. Leave the other settings to stay as specified in your Hotmail account.
  8. Finish the subscription. You’ll now receive an activation SMS with a 4 digit code. Enter this code on the activation page. This is the only sms you’ll receive and pay through your mobile carrier.
  9. After the subscription visit your Hotmail account with your web browser. Now go to “options”=>”more options”.
  10. In the section “Customize your mail” go to option “mobile alerts for new messages” and make sure the option “None. Never send me mobile alerts” is selected. You will never receive any alert sms by setting this option so you will stay free of charges! Press save.
  11. In the section “Manage your account” visit “Forward mail to another e-mail account”.
  12. Fill in any e-mail address you want your Hotmail to be forwarded to, for instance your Gmail account. Press save and confirm the setting by clicking the link in the e-mail that has been sent to your Gmail account. The setting has now been accepted by Hotmail!
  13. Go to Gmail. Click on Settings, go to Forwarding and POP/IMAP
  14. Enable IMAP. Save the changes.
  15. Click Settings and then Accounts, Select “Add another email address”. Enter your hotmail address here.
  16. Your hotmail address should now show up just above the line. Select the hotmail address as “Make default”.
  17. Make sure in the option “When I receive a message sent to one of my addresses” has “Always reply from my default address (currently” is selected.
  18. Now go to Hotmail. In your inbox, there should be a message from Gmail; you need to click on a link in that message.

Note: You may still need to login to your Hotmail account to ensure that it is not deactivated due to inactivity.

PS: I am still trying it, so it may or may not work. I am still waiting for MS to send me the 4 digit code. Microsoft CANNOT make it when it comes to online services.

Credits: shiahzy of Hardware Zone Forums

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  • wee

    I have hotmail forwarded to my gmail for about 4 months now, all I did then was start from your step 11 :)

  • Lester Chan

    I tried that long time ago and it still does not work “You’re only able to forward mail to a custom domain or an e-mail address that ends in,, or Please try again.”

  • fiermai

    same problem help

    I tried that long time ago and it still does not work “You’re only able to forward mail to a custom domain or an e-mail address that ends in,, or Please try again.”

  • Lester Chan

    According to the forum, that message appear because you did not key in the phone 4 digit activation code.

  • tomqwest

    step 12 only allows forwarding to Microsoft based emails (hotmail, MSN)

  • andy

    yeah, this didnt work :(

  • Chrissy

    This also worked for me starting at step 11.

  • Ryan

    yeah this is pointless…hotmail will only let you forward to hotmail, no gmail…don’t know where you get your info from or why you would even need to sign up for windows mobile…

  • Lester Chan

    As I said, it works for some and it does not work for some, please read before commenting.

  • Brisch

    Well it only works if you have a hotmail plus account……. with a yearly fee connected to it, free windows live mail accounts can not be forwarded…… the money making machine from microsoft works…….

  • KWheelerAZ

    I have not been able to find a way to successfully forward my incoming Hotmail messages to Gmail … short of using IzyMail which is explained here (

    But you CAN transfer all your saved Hotmail folders to Gmail using Outlook Express. This is explained here ( It’s a little time consuming and tedious, but it does work quite well.

    Goodbye Hotmail, hello Gmail!

  • Lester Chan

    I got another way which is to add your domain name to Windows Live Domains, then add your email to Hotmail and then under your own admin panel for your email, forward that email to your Gmail.

    Hotmail -> Your Domain Name Email -> Gmail

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