Hotmail is a free web-based email service that users can access from any internet browser from any part of the world. In 1997, Microsoft acquired Hotmail from its founders and the software giant revamped and renamed it to Outlook.com on August 2012. The online email service has gone through multiple changes in the last 10 years. When it was first launched, a free account offered spam filters, virus scanning, and 250Mb of storage space. After various upgrades, Hotmail users can now have access to their email accounts on their mobile devices, unlimited free storage, integration with their social media accounts e.g. LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, etc. and built-in search filtering.
There are several reasons you may need to recover your password:
a) someone tried to access your Hotmail account without the necessary authorization and you have been locked out.
b) you have forgotten your password because you have too many of them.
Here is how you can recover your Hotmail password when it is lost or forgotten:
Firstly, go to Outlook.com. Once the landing page is up, click on the Can't access your account? link - it should be below the Sign-in button.
You will be transferred to the Why are you having trouble signing in? window. Select the I forgot my password option and click Next.
Type in your Hotmail email in the Microsoft account field and enter the right characters for the Captcha verification. And click Next.
Select your preferred verification option. The link to the password recovery page will be sent to one of the many methods to recover your Hotmail password.
If you clicked on the I don't use these anymore option, you will need to fill out a short form to retrieve your password. These are basic information that will verify that you are indeed the owner of the account.
Once you are done, you should be able to receive a submission confirmation window (see below):
Depending on how accurate your submission is, you will receive an email from Microsoft stating the success of your request.
If you are successful, you will receive an account recovery code. Enter the Recovery code in the corresponding field. Click on the Use Recovery Code button.
Proceed with completing the Hotmail password recovery process.
Have you been unsuccessful in logging into your account? If you are confident that your password is correct, but the system insists that the password does not correspond with your email account
a) make sure that you have spelled your email address correctly.
b) Caps Lock is disabled before you trying again.
If you have done both, but still cannot access your account, it is probably time to reset your password. There are two methods that you can choose to reset your Hotmail password:
Before you worry about recovering lost or forgotten Hotmail password, here are some tips and tricks to make life much easier:
As you can see, it is really easy to recover lost or forgotten Hotmail passwords. However, in order for you to successfully retrieve it, you will need to provide Microsoft with as much information as possible to make the whole process much easier. Go through the steps above to ensure you are able to recover lost or forgotten Hotmail password without many efforts.
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