Technology plays a critical role in modern society by connecting people and opening new opportunities for them.
We connect with people for several purposes through various platforms and the most common one being through emails. Due to the global pandemic almost all the information is shared among people via web mail services.
However, there is an issue faced by many Hotmail users- important emails do not reach their inbox and rather move to the spam folders and some users are unable to send emails as they receive an error every time they try to do so. Imagine skipping an important email from your office just because it went to the spam folder or unable to send emails from your business Hotmail account when you already have a set deadline to send them. It will be horrible! Luckily, we have a solution for both such situations.
Read our article to know how to stop Hotmail from blocking emails.
History of Hotmail:
Hotmail was one of the world’s first webmail services. It was launched in 1996 by Jack Smith and Sabeer Bhatia in California. In 1997 the company was acquired by Microsoft for approximately $400m and relaunched as MSN Hotmail.
The rebranding of Hotmail did not stop there – it was later rebranded as Windows Live Hotmail before finally changing to Outlook.com in 2013. As of 2014 according to Microsoft, the webmail has over 400 million active users.
Although Hotmail email addresses still exist, the Hotmail free web service has been completely replaced by Outlook.com. Functioning as Outlook.com, users now get unlimited storage, calendar, contacts, Ajax and close integration with OneDrive, Office Online and Skype.
Find out the problem- why does Hotmail block emails?
Microsoft currently has several email domains like live.com, msn.com, outlook.com, and hotmail.com. All these domains utilise the same blacklist.
If Hotmail is rejecting emails, they have detected some unwanted activity from your server. While there are many reasons that Hotmail may block your email, the most common ones are:
- Your email volume changed significantly or quickly.
- You are sending emails from a new IP address.
- You are sending email to unknown users.
- Your Email Authentication fails
- There is spam originating from your server
- Your DNS is incorrect.
The free email service Hotmail, now known as Outlook.com, includes built-in tools to forward suspicious messages to a junk folder to protect your security and keep your inbox clean. If you discover that some of your important emails are going to the spam folder rather than going to inbox, your Hotmail junk filter is probably not working properly. Hotmail has either detected the sender’s email as spam due to some reason or it has allotted that email as spam based upon your previous spam emails.
Solution: Change the spam filters (tweaking the settings)
If the emails are going to the spam folder instead of the inbox, the following steps will help you resolve the issue:
- Microsoft suggests to manually tweak the settings of Hotmail’s inbox. So, first login to your Hotmail.com account on a web browser. Click the “Junk” folder on the left pane. If you see any messages that should have been delivered to the Inbox folder, click the box on the left of each message to put a check mark and then click the “Not Junk” button.
- Under Junk email, Click “Blocked senders”. In the Blocked senders list, select the name or domain that you now want to receive mail from, and then click “Remove from list”.
- Under Junk email, click “Safe senders”. Click “Safe Senders” and in the text box, type in the email address or domain you’d like to always receive email from, and then click “Add to list”.
Solution: Hotmail blacklist removal
Follow the below tips to remove yourself from Hotmail’s blacklist and stop it from blocking your emails:
Ask people to mark you as a safe sender
Ask some your known colleagues to mark your emails as safe and unblock you. Hotmail usually blocks senders if multiple people have marked your emails as spam and moved them to the junk folder. So, this step will put you in the whitelist of Hotmail which will ultimately help in unblocking your emails from Hotmail.
Keep a consistent email frequency
Sending multiple emails in a short period of time will make Hotmail think that you are a spam who is just disturbing other users. Try to follow the limit and keep a balance.
Authenticate your email
You must authenticate your email address. This involves technological verification of the origin of an email message. This will secure an important reputation of your email with Hotmail and probably stop them from blocking your emails further. You should also ensure that there are no spam traps. You should send your mails to only active email addresses.
Fill out the blacklist removal form
There is a Hotmail blacklist removal form that is, fill out an online new support request at support.microsoft.com. You must enter all the correct details and describe your error issue completely. Microsoft will likely view your request and revert you back within a few days.
There are some technical issues that come up with new technology. These can be glitches or system errors. Most of the time the solutions are easily available and just require some research from your side.
Today we talked about how Hotmail blocks your emails. It can do so for multiple reasons which you can check out above. So, we found the problem, we found its causes and then, we looked at the possible solutions.
You can check above on how to stop Hotmail from blocking your emails to your inbox or blocking your emails send to other users. They both are completely different issues and must be handled in time to ensure smooth working of this free webmail service.
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