Set up email in Windows 8.1

Written by on February 2, 2014 in Internet, Operating Systems - 6 Comments

It’s been a while since I wrote a guide on how you can configure your email in Windows 8. If you have upgraded to Windows 8.1, you might have noticed that things have changed a bit – Microsoft has removed the Mail app and is no longer available by default. You have to download it from the Microsoft Store and set it up. So I just thought, it might be helpful to write up a small guide to help those who want to get the Mail app up and running on their Windows 8.1 machine.

Set up email in Windows 8.1

Set up email in Windows 8.1

1.From the Start Screen, click on the Windows Store tiles. (Yes, the green one).

Once it’s opened, you might be asked to switch to a Microsoft account.

2.Once you’re on Microsoft Store, search for Mail. It’s the blue icon with the envelope. Click on it and install the app. Once it’s done, you should see the same icon on your start screen.

windows 8.1 Mail icon Microsoft Store

3.Click/Tap on it to open the Mail app. If you have used a Microsoft Account previously with your Windows 8.1, that account will automatically be added to the Mail app. In other words, this means that you will be able to read your mail without any configuration.

If you had like to set up another email provider, there’re a few more steps to go!

See also: Set up Gmail in Outlook 2013

4.Open the charm bar by moving your cursor to either the top-right or bottom-right corner of your screen.(or use the keyboard shortcut Windows key+ C). Then click on Settings > Accounts > Add an Account.

charm bar windows 8.1 email

5.You will be presented with a list of common email providers such as, Exchange, Gmail, Yahoo etc. Choose your favorite one and a new screen will pop up. Enter your email address and password.

Add email account to Windows 8.1

Congratulation! You will now receive all your emails in the Mail app. If you have any issues with the steps above, drop me a comment below. I’ll try to get back to you as soon as I can!

6 Comments on "Set up email in Windows 8.1"

  1. Janette April 5, 2014 at 8:45 pm · Reply

    I have the mail icon for windows 8.1 however when I tap on it my email does not show up.
    I clicked on add an account and it tells me this account has already been added but I do not see it.
    How do I get my email?

  2. Vikash March 21, 2014 at 10:51 am · Reply

    I’ve just upgraded to Windows 8.1 and could not see my Mail App. Thank you sir. I have been able to set up my Gmail directly in Windows 8. Bye bye Outlook !

  3. Robert Groove March 16, 2014 at 8:50 pm · Reply

    Hi Hyder. Thanks for this quick tip! I have been able to set up my email in Windows 8.1 finally! I was previously using Windows 7 and never seen this option there. I guess it was introduced in Windows 8?

    • Hayder March 16, 2014 at 8:52 pm · Reply

      Hello Robert,

      Glad it was useful to you! Yes, you’re correct – This email client has been introduced in Windows 8. There was a limited version of Outlook with previous version of Windows though if I’m not mistaken.

  4. diane leason March 12, 2014 at 1:55 am · Reply

    I added a yahoo account to the mail app and would like to add additional accounts but I am unable to. Your article says that you can that going through settings and choosing account and add. My 8.1 doesn’t get the same screens you show in your article, From setting I don’t see the accounts option.

    • Hayder March 13, 2014 at 11:36 pm · Reply

      Hi Diane,

      In order to be able to see the ‘Accounts’ option in the charm bar, you have to open the Mail app first. Make sure this window is in focus before going to the charm bar. You will then see the ‘Accounts’ option.Here’s a screenshot how it looks on my side:

      Hopefully this helps.

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