How to configure mail in Windows 8

Windows 8 has its own features and applications for each and every task. For the mailing purpose Windows 8 has a separate app called Mail App. Now in this Mail we can configure our Hotmail, Gmail, Yahoo Mail, Exchange and other mail accounts in few clicks. We all need to know the basics of how to configure mail in Windows 8 so as to use the Mail app of the OS.

How to configure mail in Windows 8

First click on Mail app from the Start Screen or search it from Start Search for opening mail app. Once the mail app is open, go to charms bar by going to right corner of screen by mouse or press Windows + C. Now click on Settings.


Now click on Accounts from the settings box so came.


After clicking on Accounts you’ll see currently configured accounts and option to Add new accounts. Choose Add an account.


Now choose any one option from it. Like for example we are choosing Google for configuring Gmail. You can see more options like Yahoo, Exchange, AOL and other account for configuring.


It’s time to enter the credentials for the Gmail account you want to configure. So enter your username and password for the same.


Accept the terms and conditions from Google for configuring Gmail on your System.


Choose Yes on next step where Windows will save your Sign-in info so that you don’t have to enter the credentials again and again.




It’s all done and your Gmail account has been configured.


If you are using Two-Step verification then you have to enter the password so received on your cellphone. Else your mail configuring has been done successfully.

How to configure mail in Windows 8 Preview

Start from the Start screen and select the Mail app from there.

How to configure mail in Windows 8

Right Click anywhere on the Mail app to bring the Settings of the app and click on @Account.

Windows 8 Mail App

Now choose Google or Exchange as per your need which mail account you want to configure. As here I chose Google to configure gmail here.

Windows 8 Mail App

Provide your username and password of the Gmail account and click Connect. No need to take headache of SMTP, POP3 settings. Single click and your account get configured.

Windows 8 Mail App

Here it is, you can see your mailbox right here in few seconds. Simple and easily configured Gmail account in Windows 8 Mail app. 🙂 Happy Windows Computing 🙂 Lookout for more Windows 8 articles.

  • Sepp

    and what about Exchange?????

    You and I know it is not working so why say so in you headline??

    Not very professional



  • Sepp I configured the hotmail, gmail and even exchange account and its working fine. Try again and it will work definetly. 🙂

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  • Carlton

    Unfortunately I closed the mail without successfully confrming my Microsoft account, and now mail just pops up as a big white page with no action when i left click or right click – any guesses as to what I should do?

    • Golfer

      Crap I was showing someone the desktop and they did the same thing. Now i’m stuck with the big white box instead of getting my Mail app. Right-Click doesn’t bring up anything.

      • Uninstall the App and then reinstall it from Windows Store if its not working properly. It’ll take 2-3 mins max.

    • Golfer

      When you see the big white box, mouse to the upper-right hand corner > Settings. =)

  • I am finding it difficult to enter my email address……instead of @ it puts ” in?.

    Please help KEITH BUNN

  • In case of adding google account, you didn’t need to put whole email address. Only give Username while adding Google account. And if you need to put whole email address type it in Notepad or other editor and then copy from there. Paste it in the Email text box.

  • thebassomatic

    how do I print from the mail app?

  • thebassomatic

    I need some help with this app, is there anyone who I can ask questions about this app?

  • shbrmb

    When I try and do this and right click in the Mail app, nothing like what is shown in this help screen shows up. Haven’t a clue on how to do this if the instructions don’t match my computer with Windows 8 Pro.

  • comfortfurn

    Windows 8 is a nightmare. Outlook 2010 can’t send outgoing mail. Had MS tech all the way to top engineers in my new desktop for 6 hours they can’t fix their own software. Using Tbird for now but folders didn’t transfer very well. loosing my mind. All was well with Windows 7 and Outlook 2010 then a new computer came with Windows 8 total disaster. Still not fixed. Using a POP3 address not gmail.

  • dumbfounded

    Windows 8 automatically deletes items in my MSN email folders after 30 days. How can I re-set this to keep my e-mail items indefinitely

  • Roger

    MS Apps do not impress me.

    • Elmo Farthsnarf

      MS apps are garbage…
      …like the rest of Winslow 8 / 8.1 from MicroStupid.

      When are they going to recognize that Winslow 8/8.1 was a massive FAIL and let us unhook SkyDrivel, MicroStupid accounts, and their brain-dead, useless “apps” so we can go back to actually doing work in real programs ?

  • Joao

    there are many probs with win 8.1, frankly I found 8 to interact with easier than the revised version. My mail was synching with my Google acct. just fine before; even after dealing with Microsoft Tech Dept. I cannot connect to Google now. Do I “want to try again?” What I want is a functional interface that wasn’t rushed and rife with problems like Video app turning down system volume, so I cannot play my fav. CD and watch a vid at the same time!! Who do you gripe to about this S***? Hope Microsoft is listening. Fix please, and walk right!

  • Linda

    Why did I update my Windows 8 to Windows 8.1??? It totally messed up my email. I now need to add two other email accounts and these directions do not match what’s going on with the new system. Please update instructions to match the new system. Endusers need up-to-date information. Step it up … ASAP.

  • Philip M Ward

    This Help screen has to be dreamtime or La La Land. All I get when I right click on the Mail App is taken straight into the Mail Account which doesnt give me any options to either add a mail account or to add files to store read mail

    • Post has been updated for Windows 8.1 Please have a look at steps now. Sorry for the inconvenience.