How to Set Up Auto Email Forwards From Yahoo Mail and Hotmail

With the advent of multiple email service providers, we have ended up with registering on and owning multiple accounts. This also means that our data (or email messages) is scattered all over and we need to attend to each account to view their state.

As a solution you may divert messages from all services to a desktop email client like MS Outlook or a web based service like Windows Live Mail. Today we will see how can set up auto email forwards on Yahoo and Hotmail. In this way you can configure sync between these two accounts too. You may do the same with other accounts/services as well.

Green Thought: Request all to destroy accounts that you do not use and free space on the servers that are loaded with such redundant data.

Auto Forward Emails From Yahoo

Step 1: Log in to your Yahoo account and navigate to Options > Mail Options at the top of the interface.

Yahoo Options1

Step 2: On the left pane, under Mail Options, select POP and Forwardingto bring up the configuration panel.

Yahoo Email Forwarding

Step 3: Select the radio button to enable email forwarding, enter the email address to divert messages to and also choose to Forward only, Store and forward or Store and forward and mark as read.

Yahoo Forward Address

Step 4: You will be sent a verification email to the receiving address which you will have to open and verify before the service is activated.

Verify Mail Notification

Auto Forward Emails From Hotmail

Step 1: Log in to your Hotmail account and navigate to Options > More Options on the right side of the interface.

Hotmail Options1

Step 2: Under Managing your account  section click on the link saying Email forwarding.

Hotmail Email Forwarding

Step 3: Select the radio button for email forwarding to another account, key in the email address and optionally choose to retain a copy of the messages in your inbox.

Hotmail Forward Address


I have configured settings similar to this for all my email accounts to send messages to one particular account. Additionally, I have created different folders for different accounts and also created filter rules for them to be sent to the respective folders.

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Last updated on 03 February, 2022

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