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How do I transfer my MSN Hotmail inbox from one account to another?


I’ve created a new Hotmail account. Is it possible to transfer all
information and contacts from my old Hotmail account to my new one?

The short answer is yes and no.

The longer answer contacts: yes; email: no.

Let me explain…

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I’ve discussed in a prior article that it’s possible to
move your contacts
from one Hotmail account to another. In fact that’s
gotten even easier of late since Windows Live Hotmail now appears to support
both import and export of contacts making it much easier.

Unfortunately, the same is not true for email messages. In fact, I actually
know of no way to move email messages or folders from one Hotmail account to

But I do have another solution. Unfortunately it involves changing the way
you access your email.

“I actually know of no way to move email messages or
folders from one Hotmail account to another.”

My recommendation is that you choose one of the solutions to download
Windows Live Hotmail
to your machine:

  • Set up a mail program like Windows Live
    on your computer.

  • Configure that program to access the Hotmail account containing the messages
    you wanted to move.

  • Download all of your email from that Hotmail account into your mail

  • Reconfigure that mail program to now access the new Hotmail account you want
    to begin using.

  • Use that mail program to manage your email on your PC from now on.

  • (Make sure to backup your email along with the rest of your PC

One of the nice approaches to downloading your mail in this fashion is that
you can actually change the email accounts you’re using as often as you like
without losing the messages that you’ve received. In addition the address book
you’ll build in the email program will also transfer as well. In fact, using an
email program on your PC makes it easier not only to change from one Hotmail
account to another, but also to any other email provider that provides
downloadable or POP3 access.

Yes, you do lose the ability to manage all your email via Hotmail’s web
interface. You can still use the web interface, but unless you configure your
email program to leave the messages on the server and not all the messages you
have will be visible there, they’ll have been downloaded to your PC and will
be available in your mail program.

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14 comments on “How do I transfer my MSN Hotmail inbox from one account to another?”

  1. While it may be time consuming, depending on how much email you have to move, you can simply forward each individual email from the old address to the new one.

  2. another approach that may be useful is to link your old hotmail to your new account so that you can easily acess both. It’s a feature that I have been waiting years for and works pretty well.

  3. Windows Live Mail does not download the messages to a “Local Folders” whilst you might be able to manually use it to copy messages from one set of folders to another reconfiguring it to use a different Hotmail account will not automatically do as described above. However that said, Windows Live Mail could probably be used somehow or other to copy all the email messages from one account to another.

  4. Another option would be to try a programme like TrueSwitch, which is supposed to be able to copy emails from one account to another.

  5. Trueswitch is a program you can use to transfer your emails to another account.
    However, it sometimes doesnt transfer all of them and it doesn’t include the time and date the email was originally sent. It is still pretty accurate:)

  6. I wanted to copy the entire contents of a folder (149 email messages) on my husband’s Hotmail account onto a folder on my own Hotmail account.

    I never use Outlook Express but I thought it might be useful for this purpose and it was. I opened up OE on my Hotmail account and added my husband’s Hotmail account. I could then see all the folders on both sccounts, so I did “Edit…Select all” for the required folder on husband’s account and copied and pasted the lot into a new folder on my own Hotmail account, all within Outlook Express. Worked like a charm. Only prob was that the original emails in Hotmail itself lost their front-line dates (not on the message itself) but they still retained the correct date order.

    Hope this helps.

    Ann Hood.

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    Good suggestion.

    Many people are losing their access to their Hotmail
    accounts via Outlook Express as Microsoft is slowly removing
    that feature. However They do support Windows Live Mail, and
    I’m hopeful that this same technique might work there as



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  8. to transfer your contacts, go into ‘more options’ and you’ll see some tools there.

    now to transfer all your mail from one account to another is very easy.

    i downloaded windows live mail, set up the 2 accounts i want to merge, then simply selected my entire inbox and dragged it over into my new inbox.

    i set up duplicate folders in my new email account and just dragged everything over. in order to forward to your new email, go onto the server, “more options” and you’ll see some tools there too that will walk you through it.

    i know this thread is 2 years old, but i’m responding anyway

  9. i need a easy simple way to get my chat contacts from my old windows live account to my new hotmail account. i dont wana email them or anything of this account i only wana chat to them. can you do it? and can u do it in an easy waay?

  10. Better use GMAIL instead! GMAIL is the best emailbox so far. With one single GMAIL add you can access all Google services attach them to your email : RSS feeds, Youtube videos, Chat, Igoogle, News, Speed Dial, Google Docs… And you can also easily transfer all your mails from an old Gmail add to a new Gmail one in (almost) one single click…

  11. @chris.
    thanks a bunch, you helped me a ton more than the website page itself! I’m working on fixing my email, can’t wait for it to be done.


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