Computers, Laptops & Tablets Apple How to Use Gmail on a Mac It's easy to configure the Mail app to access Gmail by Heinz Tschabitscher Writer A former freelance contributor who has reviewed hundreds of email programs and services since 1997. our editorial process Heinz Tschabitscher Updated on July 22, 2020 reviewed by Jon Fisher Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Jonathan Fisher is a CompTIA certified technologist with more than 6 years' experience writing for publications like TechNorms and Help Desk Geek. our review board Article reviewed on Jun 10, 2020 Jon Fisher Apple Macs iPad Tweet Share Email The Mail app in macOS is like most other email clients, letting you add email accounts from your favorite email provider so that you can send and receive email with ease. Of course, this means you can access your Gmail account through Mail, too. When you use Gmail on your Mac, you can configure whether you access your online account through IMAP or POP. Information in this article applies to macOS Catalina (10.15) through Mac OS X Yosemite (10.10). How to Use Gmail on a Mac You can access Gmail on a Mac by adding your account Go to the Mail menu and choose Add Account from the options. Select Google in the Choose a Mail account provider screen and click Continue. Select Open Safari (or Open Browser, depending on your software version) so that Google can complete the authentication for Safari. Type your Gmail email address and click Next. Type the password to your Gmail account in the space provided and then click Next. If you have two-step authentication enabled, enter the code received by SMS or generated in an authentication app and then click Next. Google lists the permissions you are granting macOS. Review them and then click Allow at the bottom of the screen. Click the i icon next to each item for more information. A list of apps appears. Click the check box next to each app you want to sync and click Done. Along with your mail, you can opt to sync your Contacts, Calendars, and Notes from Gmail. The address you added appears in the Mailboxes section of the Mail sidebar. If Gmail doesn't work on your Mac after trying to set up the account, and you've already enabled IMAP access, you might need to modify the email server settings in Mail. Using IMAP with Gmail requires IMAP server settings. To use Gmail via POP requires that you enable POP through your Gmail account. If you do that, you might also need to enter the Gmail POP server settings in Mail. Other Ways to Access Gmail Mail isn't the only program that can access Gmail on a Mac. In fact, you can use free email clients for Mac to download and send email through your Gmail account. However, the setup instructions for those email clients are not the same as the steps above. They are, however, similar and require the same IMAP and POP server information linked above. Another way to get to Gmail on your Mac is to access Gmail.com. When you send and receive Gmail messages through a browser via that URL, you don't need to worry about email server settings or downloading anything. It works in Safari and other web browsers you might use.