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How to switch back to hotmail address after upgrading to Outlook address


Posted Date: 04-Aug-2012  Last Updated:   Category: Email Services    
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Did you recently upgrade from hotmail to the newly launched Outlook.com email address? Are trying to find out how to revert to old hotmail id? Read this article to find how to switch back from Outlook mail id to hotmail id.

WARNING: This process involve removing your hotmail email address and adding it back. Any emails sent to your hotmail id during this process may be bounced, even though your old emails will be safe.

Microsoft recently launched the new email service called Outlook.com. It looks very cool and appealing. I switched to the new interface and I am comfortable using it from the very first moment. In my case, I did create a new Outlook email address but many others upgraded their Hotmail address to Outlook address, many of them believing they are creating an alias for their hotmail id. What really happens is, your Hotmail address will become an alias and your Outlook.com email address will become your primary account login.

You may experience few issues when you start using your Outlook mail id all of a sudden. Your friends may not recognize our new email id. If you are using it for business, your clients may not recognize who you are. Also, many spam filter may catch your emails since it hasn't built a reputation yet. In this post, I am going to talk about an option to revert to old Hotmail address after you upgrade it to Outlook.com email id.

How to revert to Hotmail address after switching to Outlook address?



Here are the steps to switch back to your old hotmail address for Microsoft account login:

1. Go to http://www.outlook.com and Sign In with yout Outlook mail address.

2. Go to this page to manage your email addresses associated with your Microsoft account: https://account.live.com/ManageAssocIds



3. Locate your original email address under the title "Other email addresses".

4. Click on "Remove" link just below it.



5. You will be prompted to confirm removal of your hotmail id from your Microsoft account.

NOTE: You no longer have this hotmail id valid for you at this step. If anyone attempt to send an email to this id, it will fail with the message "mailbox unavailable (state 13)." until you complete the process below.

Click "Remove" to confirm and proceed.



6. You will see a confirmation message as shown below:



7. Now go to this page in your browser: https://account.live.com/ChangeId.aspx

If you are prompted to sign in again, login with your Outlook email address.

8. Choose the option "Create a new email address", provide your old hotmail address and click "Save"



Now you are switched back to your Hotmail address. The Outlook address will be changed to an Alias automatically and you will continue to receive any emails sent to the Outlook mail id as well.

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Responses to "How to switch back to hotmail address after upgrading to Outlook address"
Guest Author: HB     04 Aug 2012
Thanks, this was really helpful.


Guest Author: Carolina     05 Aug 2012
How to handle the situation where at step 8 the message that appears is: ****@hotmail.com isn't available


Guest Author: Flanno     06 Aug 2012
At the top right of the Outlook.com screen next to your name is a gear icon.

Click on that, and then down the bottom of the menu that appears choose "Switch Back to Hotmail".

You can choose to leave feeback or not.

It will then go back to your Hotmail account view.

Microsoft appear to be going to Outlook.com and eventually will no longer have Hotmail to use.



Guest Author: CHRISL     07 Aug 2012
Tried this and it worked fine. But I had a @hotmail.com address and now it will only allow me a @hotmail.co.uk address. Help


Author: Kartik Jagdale    05 Feb 2013Member Level: Silver   Points : 0
Thankx a lot it helped me
In my company I switched to outlook and all my emails send to clients were blocked by spam filter.
Thank you again it was a great help to me



Author: Syed Musaddiq Nabi Andrabi    24 Feb 2013Member Level: Gold   Points : 0
Thanks Sir for such a nice, informative and mostly importantly a helpful article. This is really a complete how-to guide which enables a member to easily follow the given steps and get fully helped.


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