Windows Live Hotmail (MSN Hotmail) has implemented an ever-growing storage space scheme that provides and increases the space available for user’s e-mail as need arises. The ever-growing storage feature will provide Hotmail account with as much storage space as it needs by increasing inbox capacity when limit is hit or more space is required, provided that normal amount of email messages are sent and received.

As such, Hotmail storage space is not unlimited in size, although it will keep increasing and growing month after month. So how do you know what’s the storage space that been allocated to your Hotmail account? Previously, when the Hotmail space limit was 5GB, in Today screen after logging into Windows Live Hotmail, a storage space utilization status bar is displayed. However it has been replaced with a simple text – “You have ever-growing storage.”

Hotmail Ever Growing Storage Space

To check the current actual storage space limit on a Hotmail account, user has to use the following workaround, and it’s almost impossible now to check the space available or space that has been used from Hotmail webmail web interface.

Method 1 – Microsoft Office Outlook Connector

Microsoft Office Outlook Connector is a free add-in for Microsoft Outlook that allows users to access Windows Live Hotmail or Office Live Mail accounts through Microsoft Outlook, with ability to sync emails, contacts, tasks and notes of Windows Live Calendar. In Outlook Connector, total space allocated, used and free for Hotmail account can be viewed at Mailbox Cleanup function.

Outlook Connector Mailbox Cleanup

Download Outlook Connector for Office 2010 and Outlook Connector for Office 2003 and Office 2007. Outlook Connector is also available through Windows Live Essentials download.

Method 2 – MSN Explorer

MSN Explorer is web browser (essentially Internet Explorer shell) that integrates MSN and Windows Live features such as Windows Live Hotmail and Windows Live Messenger with a web browser. After linking with Hotmail’s Windows Live ID, MSN Explorer Mail function can show the maximum folder size allowed, which represents total storage space available on Hotmail.

MSN Explorer

As seen from screenshots above, Hotmail account is now providing 500 GB (512000 MB) of disk storage space to Hotmail users, and it applies to at Hotmail-powered accounts from Admin Center, Office Live and MSN Premium. However, do note even there is 500 GB of space to spare, any sudden and abnormal huge increase in inbox size likely trigger warning e-mail for Windows Live Hotmail, or worse, account been suspended from receiving emails.

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  • brad

    i know its easy to check how much space you have used but how do you tell how much space u have left

  • Javier River

    Checking how much space you've used up is as simple as clicking on the "Manage folders" option in the "folders" label on the left of the Windows Live Hotmail window… on the last row (totals row) of the folders information table you will be able to see the total amount of disk space you have used (bold text, third column).

    It's that easy, no plug-ins, no extra software, just the all-known web e-mail app you use every day.

    • Michiel

      Thanks, it really is as simple as 2 clicks!

  • clake


    this article said hotmail will be reach to 500GB.

    I'm hotmail user for long time but i can't revived any email for 2 days and i check in manage folder i saw my using space are 5600 MB

    Then i delete some graphic email and lower my space to 3000 MB then I can receive email normally..

  • Zerchan

    according to the policies on the MSN site, the limit is still 2GB, although the policies may be a little outdated, as when it refers to checking how much space you are using, it refers to a feature in "Today Tab" that is no longer there, the (usage meter).

  • Richard

    Thanks for the article. I use my hotmail account for all my work emails however I had noticed that the hotmail for me is running a lot slower. I was wondering if this was due reaching my capacity? Your article suggests there is now 500GB storage which means I'm a long way off which is a relief.

  • awesome

    thanks Navneet, it tells us how much we are using. Does anyone know who can we see what the limit is for account size…i.e the limit when mssgs will be returned saying inbox is full.Thanks

  • Navneet

    hi all,

    to check the how much storage you are using in hotmail account just click on manage folders in the mail account on the left side.

    Thank you…