How To Switch Back From Outlook.com Account (Email Address) To Hotmail or Live

Recently, we talked about the launch of Outlook.com email service and also how to rename your existing Hotmail, Live, or MSN address to Outlook.com. While majority of users who have moved from Hotmail and Live to Outlook.com are enjoying the new user interface and features, a small percentage of users want to switch back to their previous accounts.

 

Many users who have renamed their Hotmail and Live email address to Outlook.com want to switch back to their previous email addresses. Users can revert to their previous email addresses by following the given below instructions.

 

Please note that this method works only if your previous Microsoft account was Hotmail or Live ending .com, .jp, .es, .ca, and .au. Also note that this method doesn’t work if your previous account was @MSN.com.

 

Step 1: Visit this page from your Internet Explorer or any other web browser.

 

Step 2: Sign in with your new Outlook.com email address.

Switch Back From Outlook.com To Hotmail or Live

Step 3: Under Other email addresses, click the Remove link (that appears below your current email address) and then click Remove button to confirm.

Switch Back From Outlook.com To Hotmail or Live Step2

Switch Back From Outlook.com To Hotmail or Live Step3

You will see “You’ve removed an email address from your Microsoft account” message.

Switch Back From Outlook.com To Hotmail or Live Step4

Step 4: Head over to this page in your web browser and make sure that Create a new email address is selected.

Switch Back From Outlook.com To Hotmail or Live Step5

Step 5: In the New Microsoft account box, type in your previous email address and also select your previous domain (Hotmail or Live) and finally click Save button. You will see “You’ve changed your Microsoft account and your new Microsoft account is example@hotmail.com”. You are done!

Switch Back From Outlook.com To Hotmail or Live Step6

Please note that it might take an hour or more for your new address to appear in the Microsoft products and services you use.

 

From now onwards, you can use the previous email address to sign in to all Microsoft services just like you used it before.

 

Switch back to Hotmail user interface:

Hotmail, Live, and MSN account users who aren’t enjoying the new Outlook.com and want to switch back to the old Hotmail user interface (layout) can simply click on the Settings “cog” icon present in upper right of page and then click Switch back to Hotmail user interface.

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Comments

  1. Ava says

    MSN is disgusting for this nonsense. Many of us dislike outlook. Which was forced onto us. It was created sloppily & usually is a pain in the rear to use. Good jobs guys. HATE HATE HATE …expected more from MSN maybe gave you guys too much credit

  2. Donna says

    I hate outlook so I called the microsoft number. A foreign man told me that outlook was tracking my emails and that the only way to switch back was to pay him $99. He then switched it back for me. Sounds like microsoft has quite the scam going. Now they have done it to my dad and my business account too. This is disgusting.

  3. Nino says

    I thought I was the only one who was SOOOOO MAD!!!

    I HATE OUTLOOK AS WELL !!! It used to have option to switch back to hotmail and not anymore.

    TOTALLY HAT_E IT!!!

  4. Darlene says

    I want to change back also — the option is not under my “cog” to switch back. And the email option in the first instruction is not there either.

    Please help me this is a law office email and it is so slow and irritating.

  5. Peter says

    I hate it and they switched it on me. Call it friendly hijacking! I want to change it back. How do I do so! I hate outlook!

  6. Ush says

    It really sucks, it’s ugly, not to manage, very very dull appearance, Borring look instead of outlook. Really HATE IT…

  7. Nour says

    I hate outlook!!!!!! my account has been switched to it without asking if i want to!!! i hate that! i want my hotmail account back =/

  8. Elli says

    I would also like to be able to go back to the Hotmail interface.

    This outlook interface looks shocking…

  9. Terrie says

    There is a cog but when I press it there is no option to switch back yo my original hotmail. I dont want outloook, I dont like it. I want back my HOTMAIL….. program. Thank You.

  10. Mike Prokopowicz says

    You people had no right switching me to outlook..it is awful..this is an invasion of my privacy switch me back to hotmail now please and get off of my emails for good..delete all of your crap and do not ever do this again..sincerely Mike

  11. Danny says

    Never asked to change over but hotmail did it anyway, some cheek they have, if it cant be changed back over they can shove it where the sun dont shine, never seen such a load of crap, its pathetic,who ever thought of this is a retard and needs sacking, if hotmail works ok then dont fix it

  12. Yolanda says

    My hotmail was switched to outlook without my permission. Please switch back as soon as possible. I did not approve outlook. Please switch back to hotmail.

  13. claudette says

    It is a scam from hotmail and overlook who has for money to return your old hotmail. they are all scammer.

  14. Tina O. says

    I was never asked to switch to outlook mail, if i wanted that id use outlook express. I do not like the bs you pulled and want the hotmail interface back. This shit sucks. I do not have the switch back option under your cog/gear (whatever the hell you call it), so you need to find a way to force the switch back to the hotmail interface.

  15. Duane says

    Well this did NOT work and now I have lost any access to my previous hotmail.com account. I am not a happy camper.

  16. doris butler says

    i DO not like outlook. i did not change to this but it was done. i want to go back to hotmail.com. clicked on the clog but it doesn’t show a …switch back to hotmail…option

  17. Nancy says

    The above live.com email account has been automatically switched to Outlook. SWITCH IT BACK TO LIVE.COM.

  18. Nancy says

    The above live.com account was switched automatically (not by me and was never asked if I wanted it switched….which I DO NOT). Please return it to my live.com account. You changed it…you correct it.

  19. mona bahi says

    Actually i do have the same issue as Natalie, there is no cog what so ever !! … now what .. it’s driving me crazy

  20. Natalie says

    I was just reading information on outlook, but for some reason on its own,it decided to switch my hotmail account into that. I need to switch it back but there is no settings or “cog” icon for me to click on. In fact, there is no icon whatsoever. How do I proceed?

  21. Lima says

    The only thing that I’ve to do is follow what was written at “Switch back to Hotmail user interface:” paragraph and do it. It runs pretty well.

  22. Chris Loscombe says

    I have followed the instructions and although I previously had a @hotmail.com address it is only allowing me to create a new @hotmail.co.uk

    So what happens to those who have my hotmail.com address now?

  23. ab says

    Will it preserve all emails from hotmail.com?
    It clearly says you’ll lose all your emails at deletion stage.
    Please reply..

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