Storing passwords in a safe place is important, I've told you over and over again here on my blog. But you never listened to me, so now you don't know how to enter your Hotmail account because you can't remember your password. Don't worry: I'm here now and I'll explain how to recover your Hotmail password so you can get your account back.
Before you get alarmed and think about who knows what, I want you to know right away that this is not a complex operation, it should only take a few minutes to complete it. But that doesn't mean you can keep "not caring" about your passwords: promise me that from now on you will be more careful where you save. I'm counting on it!
Having said that, if you really want to find out what you need to do in order to recover your Hotmail account password, I suggest you take a few minutes off, make yourself comfortable in front of your computer and concentrate carefully on reading this tutorial. I am sure you will be more than satisfied after reading this tutorial. You will also be ready and willing to explain how to proceed to your friends in need of a similar tip. So, are you ready to get started? Are you ready to get started? I'm good to go! Have a good read and good luck recovering your account.
Retrieve your Hotmail password
If you want to retrieve your Hotmail account password, the first step you need to take is to click here, so that you can immediately connect to the Outlook website, the Microsoft webmail service that has taken the place of Hotmail and Windows Live Mail (it also applies to Hotmail accounts).
To do so, press the Login button in the center of the screen and then type the name of the email address for which you want to retrieve your password. On the next screen, click the I've forgotten my password entry. Type your Hotmail email address again in the Email Address, Phone or Skype Name field and click Next.
Now, depending on what means you have, and depending on what information you previously associated with your Hotmail account, you must choose a method to verify your identity.
Then indicate whether to receive, at the alternative or secondary email address, an email message with the code you need to reset your password (Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also receive the verification code via SMS (SMS to ***phone number) or use an authentication app to verify your identity (Use my authentication app).
Then check the box next to the option you prefer (depending on Microsoft's information about you, some options may not appear), type the start of the secondary email address or the end of your mobile phone number (depending on the restore method you have chosen) and continue by clicking Submit Code.
Alternatively, you can also click the I already have a code link if you already have a verification code and therefore do not need to receive a new one.
If, for example, you chose to receive the code to verify your identity via email, log in to the email message, click the Inbox or Inbox section of the email message and copy the code you received from Microsoft. Then enter it into the text field that you are shown on the screen and click the Next button.
If you have chosen to receive the code via SMS, wait a few moments for Microsoft to send you a message containing the code to your mobile phone number to verify your identity, then enter it in the appropriate field on the Outlook site, then press the Next button.
Have you chosen to retrieve your Hotmail password by using app authentication? If so, your identity verification code will be provided through your app, such as Microsoft Authenticator for Android and iOS. Then type the code you received in the appropriate field attached to the Outlook website, and click Next.
If you have selected the I already have a code option, enter the verification code that you already have in your possession in the text field, then click Next. In all of the above cases, if you have activated two-step verification on your account, you will need to provide a second method to verify your identity, i.e. you will need to receive an additional security code by selecting a different option from the previous ones.
After that, type the new password you want to use for your Hotmail account in the New Password and Confirm Password fields and click the Next button to complete the process.
Don't remember the alternate email address you specified to Microsoft in the past, don't have a Microsoft phone number and/or Microsoft app associated with your account, and don't have a verification code? Then tick the box next to I don't have any of this information attached to the We need to verify your identity, then if you have a recovery code, enter it in the Recovery Code field that is shown on screen and press the Use Recovery Code button at the bottom.
Next, indicate the new password you intend to use for your Outlook account in the New Password and Confirm Password fields and click the button at the bottom of the page to complete the process.
As already seen in the previous lines, if your account is active verification in two steps, before accessing the screen in question you must provide a second method of verification of your identity, using the form that is shown on screen.
If, on the other hand, you do not have a Push No recovery code, type it in the field below under Where can we contact you? , an alternative e-mail address. After that, go over the captcha and press the Next button at the bottom to allow Microsoft to contact you and verify your identity.
Now go to the Inbox or Inbox section of the alternative email address you just specified to Microsoft, open the message you received from the company, enter the verification code you received on the Outlook site and press the Verify button.
After that, you will finally be offered the password reset form. Then type the new password you want to use for your Hotmail account in the New Password and Confirm Password fields and click the Next button to complete the process.
Now you can finally say you're satisfied: you've completed the process of recovering your Hotmail password. Even if you couldn't retrieve your old password, you've regained access to your Hotmail account and now you can go back to managing your inbox and access all Microsoft online services as if nothing ever happened. Happy?
Change your Hotmail password
By carrying out the procedure indicated in the previous chapter, you will of course change the access key used to log into your Microsoft account. In fact, I remind you that the Hotmail/Live/Outlook accounts and the Microsoft account coincide with each other, so changing the access credentials for one implies changing the access credentials for the other and vice versa. So, if after you get access to your account, you want to change your password again, you can do so by following the procedures I indicate in the following lines.
Connect to the official website that allows you to manage your Microsoft accounts by clicking here. Then click the Sign In to Microsoft button in the center of the screen and fill in the text fields that appear, entering your email address and the password associated with it, then click the Sign In button again.
On the next screen, click on the Security menu item that you can see at the top, then press the Change Password button. Now all you need to do is make one more change to your login key, then use the Current Password, New Password and Confirm Password text fields and click the Save button to confirm your changes.
For the future, in order to avoid wasting valuable time trying to recover your Hotmail account password, I suggest you use one of the resources I have provided in my guides on how to store your password on Windows and in my tutorial on password programs. Using these tools you can easily manage and store your password to access your Hotmail account but not only. I'd at least take a look at it if I were you.