Windows Live Mail is one of the better free email software available to Windows users as it supports Domain Name Email Hosting as well as Gmail.
User can access multiple email accounts from one platform by configuring them in Windows Live Mail.
If you haven’t already got live mail installed you can download it from the official Microsoft website from the link below:
Download Windows Live Mail – windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-live/essentials-other
The software is part of the Windows Essentials which includes a few free bundled programs: Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, OneDrive, Family Safety, Mail & Writer. To save yourself the download time you’ll only need Mail.
Before adding your email account make sure you get your email settings from your ISP or email hosting provider. Most importantly: email address, password, server address (outgoing and incoming server) and ports.
Windows Live Mail Adding Account
How to add a Windows Live Mail account:
- Click on the Accounts tab in the top menu, then click on the Add Email Icon.
- A popup to add your email accounts details will appear.
- Enter your Email address, password and display name and then check the Manually configure server settings box before clicking next.
Windows Live Mail Settings
You will now need to manually configure server settings:
- For incoming server information choose your server type ie: POP
- Enter your server address ie: mail.yourdomain.co.za and Port 110
- For Logon user name use your email address* (important!)
- Enter the outgoing server address ie: mail.yourdomain.co.za and Port 25
- Check the last box Requires Authentication
- Click Next
You can also add additional email accounts before clicking on Finish.
To test if the email account is working do a send and receive (F5) to check for emails and possible configuration errors.
Send an email from the newly created account to any other email address you have access too. Reply from the secondary account to see if you are sending and receiving email.
Windows Live Mail Gmail
You can also configure your Gmail account to work within your Windows Live Mail software by forwarding the Gmail address to your domain name email.
- In Gmail click on the gear icon in the top right corner and select Settings from the dropdown.
- Select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP option in the menu.
- Click on the Add a forwarding address button and enter your domain name email.
- Enable POP for all email and Save Changes.
- You’ll get a Gmail Forwarding Confirmation email, click on the link to confirm the request.
All Gmail emails will now be forwarded to the domain name email and replies will be from your domain name email.