- Outlook.com down? Here’s how to check
- How do you know if Outlook.com is down?
- What about MSN, Hotmail and Live Mail?
- Troubleshoot Outlook.com
Outlook.com down? Here’s how to check
If you don’t have access to your Outlook.com account, go to the Microsoft service status page. This page will tell you if the problem is Outlook.com related. If everything is fine with Outlook.com, the problem may be with your network, web browser, or Internet service provider (ISP).
The instructions in this article apply to Outlook.com, Outlook Online, MSN Hotmail, and Windows Live.
How do you know if Outlook.com is down?
To view the status of the Outlook.com service, visit the Office 365 service status page. If you see a green check mark next to Outlook.com, then from Microsoft’s point of view, everything is working correctly with the Outlook.com service.
If a web page shows a red or yellow symbol next to Outlook.com, Microsoft is currently experiencing a problem and is aware of the problem.
Another way to check if the Outlook.com website is down is to use a web service such as Everyone, Just Me or Disconnect Detector.
If these websites show that Outlook.com isn’t working after entering a web address, chances are it isn’t available to all or the vast majority of users. If so, wait for Microsoft to fix the problem.
Down Detector shows how many users have reported problems in the last 24 hours or more. Down Detector regularly checks if Outlook.com has problems (sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t load).
What about MSN, Hotmail and Live Mail?
Microsoft has rebranded its email service as MSN Hotmail since its launch in 1997. If your email currently ends in @msn.com, @live.com, or @hotmail.com, your email runs on the same platform as Outlook.com. If your Hotmail account is unavailable, check your current Outlook.com status.
If Outlook.com status is working but you can’t sign in, the problem may be with your computer, network, or service provider.
To troubleshoot Outlook.com, if you see a green checkmark on the service status page but you’re having issues with your email service, try the following solutions in order:
Close and reopen your web browser. This will clear the browser cache and may resolve connection issues with Outlook.com.
Clear browser cache. Press and hold a key ctrl and then press F5 † This will clear the cache and reload the Outlook.com page.
Restart your computer. This will delete temporary files and other cached files that prevent Outlook issues from being resolved even if the service has a backup.
Flush the DNS cache. Press the button Get started enter cmd, and select an application command line † Then type ipconfig/flushdns and press Enter †
DNS servers identify the IP address of the domains you connect to through your browser. When IP addresses change, the cached DNS settings keep your browser accessing the old wrong IP address.
Restart your router. Unplug your home router, wait 30 seconds, and then plug it back in. The router connects to the ISP and reconnects to the Internet. Connect to Outlook.com to see if the issue is resolved.
If Outlook.com still doesn’t work after following these steps, your ISP is denying access to the website. Call your ISP to see if other subscribers are having similar issues.