When we talk about email app on Android phones, the automatic answer will always be Gmail which comes as a default email app on every Android smartphone. But, it doesn’t mean that we can’t have a different email app altogether on our Android phone as there are plenty and best Android email apps available from which we can choose the suitable email app.
One such desirable option is to have Outlook on your Android phone. If we talk about Outlook, then it means that we are also talking about good old Hotmail as well because now the latter has been integrated with the former. The simple logic suggests that if we can use other Android-based email apps on a smartphone then why can’t we use Outlook as well? The answer of it is in affirmative and here is the process of it.
There are two possible ways which will let you use Outlook and Hotmail on your Android phone. Let us check all two options one after the other and see how they work and which one will suit us better than the rest.
Option #1: Use the Official Outlook App
Don’t go with the name because, the Outlook app on Android, though official, not at all the same which you find on your Windows enabled PC. It is clean, easy to use and not overburdened with too many features. Here are the benefits of having Outlook App on your Android smartphone.
- This app supports multiple accounts apart from your Outlook and Hotmail accounts. You can use Google, Yahoo, and other iCloud accounts easily along with Exchange and IMAP as well.
- This app has a smart and focused inbox which lets you read those emails first which are important to you. This system is based on which emails you prefer the most by reading and reply activities.
- The Outlook app on Android integrates you automatically with OneDrive, but at the same time, you can also use Dropbox and its other best alternatives too.
- You can just swipe an unread but important mail to read it at a later stage. The message will be hidden from your inbox, and you need to set a time and date. When the set time arises, you will get a reminder via notification.
Now let us know the process to activate the official Outlook app on your Android phone.
Step #1. Download the official Microsoft Outlook app from Google Play Store on your Android Device.
Step #2. Launch the Outlook app once downloaded and enter your Outlook Account email id and Password, if is @hotmail.com or @live.com.
Step #3. Now follow the instructions as prompted by the app one by one and we advise to keep two-factor authentication turned on when you are prompted for that, to make your Outlook more secure.
Step #4. It’s time now to turn on your Focused Inbox. If it is not activated then tap on the cog icon on the top of your screens and Turn on the Focused Inbox.
Note: You can even filter your Focused Inbox by choosing one of the options like flagged messages, unread or messages with attachments.
At the bottom of your screen, you will see the other features like Microsoft Calendar, Contacts and also files which you can extract from your cloud accounts linked with your Outlook app.
This is how you can use the official Outlook app on your Android phone. Now let us check the second option.
Option #2: Interlink Outlook with Gmail app on Android phone
We all know that a standalone Gmail app in itself is a fantastic app. The reason behind this is that through Gmail app can forward multiple emails at one go. You can even recover permanently deleted emails from Gmail easily. So if the power of Gmail attaches with your Outlook, then the result would be awesome. So let us know how you can use your Outlook account from Gmail.
Step #1. Launch the Gmail app and tap on the Menu (three horizontal lines) on the left of your screen.
Step #2. Tap on the drop-down menu just under your name and then tap on ‘Add account’ option.
Step #3. Now, Select Outlook, Hotmail, and Live Option and then enter your Outlook, Hotmail or Live email address, password and also two-factor authentication code if you are using it.
Step #4. Tap on Yes when prompted to grant the access to your Outlook, Hotmail or Live account.
Step #5. Now complete the sync frequency options and other settings under ‘Account Options.’
Tip: It is a good idea to set the sync emails from your Outlook account to 15 minutes, so you do not miss to reply an important email for a longer period.
Step #6. After the Account options feature completes its process within a few seconds your emails from Outlook will start loading on your Gmail app, and you will see your Inbox completely.
Step #7. When prompted to Gmail if your account to keep your inbox spam free like Gmail, tap on ‘GIVE IT A TRY,’ so you will not have to delete the spam messages individually as they will be directly delivered to the SPAM folder.
This was the second way to use Outlook and Hotmail accounts on Android. We got a third option as well, so let us go through that option as well.
We are sure that you have now got the thorough knowledge on all two options about how to access Hotmail and Outlook on your Android phone. Do share your experience when you too try these options and let us know here in the comments section or on Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus.