How to Enable IMAP/POP3/SMTP for Gmail Account

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Step 1: Enable IMAP and/or POP3

You need to enable IMAP and/or POP3 access in the Gmail account settings before you can access email using IMAP/POP3:

 

  1. Go to the "Settings", e.g. click on the "Gears" icon and select "Settings".
  2. Click on "Forwarding and POP/IMAP".
  3. Enable "IMAP Access" and/or "POP Download"

 

 

 

 

Step 2: Enable Third-Party Mail Clients

Google may block (by default) third-party (less secure) mail clients like e.g. Outlook, Thunderbird, MailList Controller or Inbox2DB.

 

Gmail IMAP Server

Enter the following information in the IMAP account settings of your mail client:

 

  • Server: imap.gmail.com
  • Encryption/Authentication: SSL
  • Port: 993
  • Username: Your Gmail email address
  • Password: Your account password

 

 

Gmail POP3 Server

Enter the following information in the POP account settings of your mail client:

 

  • Server: pop.gmail.com
  • Encryption/Authentication: SSL
  • Port: 995
  • Username: Your Gmail email address
  • Password: Your account password

 

 

Gmail SMTP Server

Enter the following information in the SMTP account settings of your mail client:

 

  • Server: smtp.gmail.com
  • Encryption/Authentication: SSL
  • Port: 465

or

  • Server: smtp.gmail.com
  • Encryption/Authentication: StartTLS
  • Port: 587
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