How to Find Out Who (Or What) Is Accessing Your Gmail

And How to Revoke Access

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Who would remember every site and service tried and tested years ago?

Gmail does. All those services — to, say, find all the big emails you should delete or the important emails you should read — may, too. They may still read your mail, label it or move it around and get a hold of your contacts to boot.

Fortunately, Gmail not only remembers who you granted access, it makes it easy to find out and revoke all rights as well.

Find Out Who (or What) Is Accessing Your Gmail Account and Revoke Access for Unwanted Tools

To find out which sites have access to your Gmail account data and block unwanted sites by revoking their access rights:

  • Visit your Google account's authorized services page.
    • Log in to your Gmail account if prompted.
  • Look for Gmail and Google Contacts to find the services and sites that can access your Gmail email and address book.
  • Click Revoke Access to block any unwanted or unrecognized services.
  • Click the Settings gear in Gmail.
  • Select Settings from the appearing menu.
  • Go to the Accounts and Import tab.
  • People with access to your Gmail account will be listed with their Gmail addresses under Grant access to your account:.
  • You can revoke access by clicking delete.

You can also find out which services are accessing your Gmail email right now:

  • Open Gmail.
  • Click Details on the page's bottom under Last account activity:.
  • Look for recent IMAP (in the Access Type column) access from an IP address (in the Location (IP address) column) different from the starred location and IP address.
    • For example:
      • United States ( and United States ( — Kwaga (using Amazon Web Services)
    • United States (
    • United States ( Big Mail
    • United States (
    • United States ( and United States ( — Kwaga (using Amazon Web Services)
    • United States ( for Gmail
    • United States ( — Baydin Email Game
    • United States ( — Gmail (Google)

If you find Gmail is blocking an email program or service you are trying to set up for accessing Gmail, you can authorize that client.