Complete Hotmail sign up process now and get a brand new Hotmail account. It is also known as Microsoft account, which allows you to access other Microsoft products like OneDrive, Office online, Bing, etc. You’ll also receive 5GB of free online storage when you create a new Hotmail account. Already have an account? Go to the Hotmail login process.
Keep in mind that, the information you provided while registering Hotmail account can be used later to recover Hotmail account if you forgot password or username. So we suggest providing best and accurate information to your knowledge.
Hotmail Sign Up Steps
Hotmail.com sign up process can be completed in a few minutes with the instruction below.
Step 1: Visit hotmail.com and click the ‘Create free account’ the button on a web browser, or can directly visit sign up page to register Hotmail email.
Step 2: Enter the desired Hotmail or Outlook email address on the first field. @outlook.com is the default domain. If you want @hotmail.com, click on the drop-down menu and select
You can use your phone number or any other email address as a username.
Enter the email address in the format of email@example.com.
If the username is not available, try another name, or you can add numbers to the email address.
Hope you will be able to sign up for the Hotmail email account. If any problem or queries arise while creating a Hotmail account, please do let us know in our comment section. We will be happy to help.
If you lost or forgot Hotmail password, you can quickly reset it using recovery email or phone number. It’s quite easy to reset Hotmail password if you’ve updated recovery information.
Before resetting your Hotmail password make sure that:
The Caps Lock key is turned off or not. (Passwords are case-sensitive)
Email address is correct.
You entered the email address with a domain. (ex. @hotmail.com, @live.com, @outlook.com)
If your Microsoft account was closed due to inactivity of account, you can’t recover your email after 365 days of inactivity. The system will automatically delete your Microsoft account on the inactivity of 5 years.
If you close your Microsoft on your will, the email address will be released on 60 days and then can be used by someone else.
Hotmail Password Reset
Navigate hotmail.com on your web browser and click ‘Sign in’.
Your browser will direct you to Microsoft sign-in page. Outlook, Hotmail, and Live belong to the same platform, and you can reset your password using Outlook.com too.
Enter your username and click the next option.
Click ‘Forgot my password’.
By clicking this button, you’ll be directed to ‘Why can’t you sign in’ page.
Step 4: Select ‘I forgot my password’ and click Next.
Enter the characters you see in the box and click ‘Next’.
In this section, find the characters and enter in the box below. If you confused, click ‘New’ you will be provided with a new one. Or if you’ve got a problem on display, you can switch to an audio challenge by clicking the ‘Audio’ button. Notice that characters are not case sensitive.
Choose among ‘how would you like to get your security code’ options.
If you have access to your alternative email address, enter an email address in the input box and click ‘Send code’. If you are not sure about an alternative email address, you can verify its first two digits. If you don’t have access to an alternative email address but can use your phone number to receive the verification code, click ‘text *********’ option. Now you need to enter the last four digits of your phone number. And click ‘Send code’ button. You can make yourself sure about your phone number as the last two digits will appear on your screen.
Or You can use an authenticator app to receive security code if you’ve enabled this service earlier. Click ‘Use my authenticator app’ to run this process. And click ‘Send code’ button.
Enter the security code you receive and click ‘Next’.
You will receive a security code on the alternative recovery options you provided in earlier steps. If you’ve entered an alternative email address, open an email in the next tab or device and check inbox. Check your mobile phone if you’ve chosen the ‘text’ option before. Remember, if you have enabled two-step verification, then you need to verify your identity using two methods. Enter the code you just receive and click next.
Reset your password and click ‘Next’ to complete.
Once you set a new password, your Skype and Microsoft accounts will be merged. This will allow you to use Skype, Office, Xbox and other Microsoft apps with a single account. We suggest a strong password for your Microsoft account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive. They must be 8-character minimum.
Hotmail Password Reset (If recovery options are not set previously)
If you don’t have any option to receive Microsoft security code; then you have to choose ‘I don’t have any of these‘ on the identity verification page. Or If other options listed on recovering Hotmail password steps fails and you believe you can prove your ownership to Microsoft account, give a try to this method. But we can’t guarantee on resetting Microsoft account password unless you show yourself as a real owner of the account.
You can’t recover your Microsoft account by this method if you’ve already turned on a two-step verification system for your account.
Follow the steps as mentioned above till step 5
Step 6: Click on ‘I don’t have any of these options while Microsoft asks to verify your identity. And click ‘Next’.
Step 7: Enter a contact email address and click ‘Next’.
This email address needs to be different from the one you’re going to recover the password. You can use any webmail service providers’ email address to receive information from the Microsoft team. If you don’t have any existing alternative email address, you can sign up your Outlook.com account.
Step 8: Verify your alternative email address
Check the inbox of your alternative email address and enter the verification code as shown below. And click ‘Verify’ button.
Step 9: You’ll be provided with a long-form to fill in.
Try to fill in the questionnaire as much as you can to as best as to your knowledge. The more correctly you provide the answer to each section the more chances of recovering your Microsoft account password. Correct answers prove you as the real owner of the account.
Submit the questionnaire form after completion by clicking the ‘Submit’ button. Microsoft team will examine it and inform you later on your alternative email address with the result. If you succeed providing sufficient reasons to make believe them you are real owner, Microsoft will send you password reset link to your alternative email address.
If you failed on providing enough information regarding Microsoft account, you’ve lost your account. But if you believe in providing correct information later, you can start the Hotmail password reset process again.
With the steps below, you can log in to Hotmail from desktop and laptop. You can also use this method to access Hotmail email from the mobile web-browser.
Visit Hotmail home page from a web-browser. You will reach into Hotmail login page. It will ask you to use your Microsoft account. Do not get confused. All Hotmail, Outlook, Live accounts are Microsoft account. Click ‘Sign In’ either at the top right corner or center of the page.
Enter your full Hotmail email address and click ‘Next’.
Enter the password of the particular Hotmail account. While typing your password make sure you’ve entered the correct password and also check the ‘Caps Lock’ as passwords are case sensitive.
Keep me signed in (optional step) If you are using your personal device and no other person is using it then you may want to tick the checkbox with “Keep me signed in” label.
By doing this, the email servicewill not ask your email login credentials (email and password) until you log out from the Hotmail account. Once you open Hotmail.com to check your email, this prevents Hotmail sign in page to appear even if you have closed the browser and will directly take you to Hotmail Inbox.
But, it is recommended notto check the ‘Keep me signed in’ checkbox if you are using a public computer or device that other people use. Keeping the signed-in option ‘checked’ (tick) may allow other people to access your email if you forgot to log out from your account.
Now, click the blue “Sign In” button. You’ll reach into Hotmail inbox. Sometime Hotmail login process won’t be successful. If such a situation occurs, follow the troubleshooting below.
Troubleshoot and resolve Hotmail Login
You may face trouble while logging in your inbox. Most common problems while logging into email account are described below.
Incomplete email id login problem
Please enter your phone number or your email address in the format firstname.lastname@example.org
Incorrect email format in sign-in form is rejected hence enter your full email address. If you entered an incorrect email address, you’d receive a message ‘The Microsoft account doesn’t exist. Enter a different account or get a new one’.
The full email address along with ‘@hotmail.com’ is required in Hotmail Login form.
Your account or password is incorrect. If you don’t remember your password, reset it now.
If username and password don’t match, you’ll get an error message in red color saying “Your account or password is incorrect. If you don’t remember your password, reset it now.”. Be sure you’re using the password for your Microsoft account.” Re-check your password and enter again. If you are unable to access the account, reset Hotmail password.
Hotmail sign in with a different user
Many time people try to sign in to Hotmail, but they got someone else’s account. It happens on the shared computer, where your family member or friend have entered their email account.
If you find other Hotmail account being logged in, then check the upper right area of your screen.
Click on username or your profile image.
Click Sign out.
You will be redirected to Hotmail login home page. Now you can log in to Hotmail with your email address.
Forgot my password
If you are unable to login to Hotmail account, then you can check whether the username and password you’ve entered are correct. If you forgot your password, you could reset Hotmail password. If you think someone else has access to your Hotmail account or Microsoft is not giving you access to Hotmail even after entering the correct username and password then you reset the password.
Hotmail Email login with a single-use code
When using a public computer, you better use single-use code to access Hotmail instead of a regular password. Click on “Sign in with a single-use code” enter your Hotmail email and verified the mobile number. You will receive a code from Microsoft which you can use as Hotmail password for one time. Hotmail email login with single-use code option is no longer available.
Two-step verification on Hotmail Login
If you have enabled 2 step verification on Hotmail account, you need extra code along with your regular password to access your account. You can get verification code either through email, SMS or authenticator app. When login from a trusted device or browser, you can check the option ‘Remember this device’ so that you don’t need to enter verification code on each login from a personal device.
I am sure the above information is helpful, and you can log into your Hotmail email account. If there are any other queries or problems regarding ‘Hotmail sign in’, then please let us know in the comment section below.
Want to delete Hotmail account? Think twice because you will not be able to use any Microsoft products and services anymore after the termination of your account. However, it will take 60 days for the complete deletion of your Hotmail account and if you change your mind, use same login credentials and login to Hotmail account.
Before closing the Hotmail account, don’t forget to cancel all the subscriptions and check all the services and emails so you don’t leave anything behind which may be essential for you to in future. The things you need to check could be files in OneDrive, purchased stuff on Xbox, emails in outlook.com or hotmail.com and much more. We suggest you to inform your friends, families and relevant people who communicate with you via Hotmail that you are deleting your account and let them know how to reach you.
The things you need to check could be files in OneDrive, purchased stuff on Xbox, emails in outlook.com or hotmail.com and much more.
We suggest you to inform your friends, families and relevant people who communicate with you via Hotmail that you are deleting your account and let them know how to reach you.
Input your Hotmail username and password in the login page.
Verify your identity, either via Email, text or authenticator app.
Click on ‘Next’ at the bottom if you wish to delete your Microsoft account.
Check each box and give a reason for account closure & click on ‘Mark account for closure‘ and it’s done.
An alternative way to close Hotmail Account Permanently
Visit the Microsoft account setting page directly or login to Hotmail account. Click on your name on the top right corner and click ‘Account setting’. Microsoft may ask you to re-enter the password. Click on ‘Security & Privacy’.
Click on ‘More security settings’ under Account Security.
Microsoft may ask you to verify your account before you proceed to make sure it’s you. You have to select text or mail to receive a security code and enter the code you’ve received in next page.
Scroll down to the bottom, click on the option ‘Close my account’ under close your account section.
Read all the points carefully there, and click ‘Next’ if you still want to delete Hotmail account
Check each box and give a reason for account closure and click on ‘Mark account for closure‘ and your Hotmail account delete process is complete. If you wish, you can re-open your Hotmail account within 60 days with current login credentials.
We suggest you change Hotmail password if you feel any suspicious activities in your Microsoft account. If you’ve access to your Hotmail account, you can easily change via Hotmail account settings page. And if you can’t remember login credentials anymore, then you need to reset Hotmail password.
To keep your account safe, create a strong password and don’t share it with anyone. Don’t use the same password for the multiple accounts.
Steps to Change Hotmail Password
Navigate https://account.microsoft.com/ on your web browser and sign in with Hotmail account. You will automatically be directed to Hotmail account information page.
Click ‘Change Password’ under ‘Account security’.
Enter current Hotmail login password.
Microsoft team will ask you to verify your identity. If you’ve added your alternate recovery email address or any mobile number, choose among those options. You will receive a security code on your device. It may take a while but worth wait. If you are frequently using this device for Microsoft account, check (tick) the box below. You’ll no more be asked to verify your identity.
Enter your current Hotmail login password in the first input box.
Enter a new password for your Hotmail account in the second and third password box. Make sure you entered minimum 8-characters long. We suggest you make a secure password. Notice that passwords more than 16 characters long can’t be used with the Xbox 360. By ticking ‘Make me change my password every 72 days,’ you will be notified to change/update Hotmail password by Microsoft team. Click ‘Save’ and password of your Hotmail account is changed.
You successfully changed your Hotmail password.
Alternative ways to Change Hotmail Password
Sign in your Hotmail account. Click on setting gear on the top right side of the page and click ‘Options’.
Hit the option ‘Account details (passwords, addresses, time zone)’ link.
You will automatically be directed to a new tab of the account page and asked to enter your current Hotmail password once. Enter your password and follow the instructions provided.
Click on ‘Security & Privacy’.
Select ‘Change password’ in Account security section on the left side.
Enter your current password in the first password input box and enter and re-enter the new password in 2nd and 3rd input box.
Save and your Hotmail password change process is complete.