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Limitations of creating an account using a third-party email address

You can create an or Microsoft account with a new email address or use an existing email address from a third-party email account, such as Gmail or Yahoo, but there are certain limitations when using a third-party email address as the primary alias for your Microsoft account.

  • When creating an account using a third-party email address, the email address must be a valid address to which you have access.

  • You can sign in to your mail and calendar with your third-party email address, but to access email from your third-party account, you must set it up as a connected account. See "Connected accounts" below.

  • Syncing is a one-way connection that goes from your third-party account to your account. Changes made in your third-party account will be reflected in, but changes made directly in won't appear in your third-party account.

  • If you send, reply to, forward, or delete email from your third-party account using, or make changes to your calendar or contacts there, the changes will appear only in

  • To create a new account, sign out of any existing accounts, then create a new account.

Connected accounts

After you've created your account, you'll want to connect your third-party account to it. By connecting your third-party account, you'll be able to use to send email from your third-party email address. You'll also be able to sync information from your third-party account to your account.

To add your third-party account as a connected account, see Add your other email accounts to When adding your third-party account as a connected account in, you must use IMAP.

Note: Syncing between your third-party account and is only available for email (not calendar or contacts) and is one-way only. If you delete, move, or read an email from a connected account in, you won't see those changes when you go to your connected account.

Manage aliases on your Microsoft account

Import contacts to

Import or subscribe to a calendar in

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