How to Access a Gmail Account in Mac OS X Mail

Yes, you can use your Gmail in Mac Mail

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Just about everyone has a Gmail account. If you're a Mac user, you might want to use macOS Mail. Here's a tutorial to take you through how to set up Mac OS X Mail to receive mail from your Gmail account and send email through it.

Instructions in this article apply to macOS High Sierra (10.13) and later.

Setting up for IMAP Access

In order to use Gmail in macOS Mail, you'll need to enable either IMAP or POP access. Once you've completed those steps, you can add Gmail using either protocol.

Below are the steps to setup Gmail with the IMAP protocol:

  1. In Mail, go to File > Add Account. (Or if you've never setup an account, all you need to do is open Mail.)

    Selecting to add an account in Mail.
  2. Select Google then select Continue.

    Choosing an email account provider in Mail.
  3. Enter in your Gmail address and select Next.

    Prompt to enter in Gmail address in Mail.
  4. Enter your Gmail password and select Next.

    Entering a password for Gmail in Mail.
  5. Select which apps you want to use with this account and select Done.

    Selecting apps to use in Mail.

Setting up for POP Access

If you'd prefer to use the POP protocol with Gmail and macOS Mail, setup is slightly different. As with IMAP, you must enable POP access in Gmail first. Google may block the activity due to and "insecure" app. You will have to log into Gmail on and unlock less secure apps.Then just follow the steps below:

  1. In Mail, go to File > Add Account. (Or if you've never setup an account, all you need to do is open Mail.)

    Selecting to add an account in Mail.
  2. Select Other Mail Account and select Continue.

    Selecting a new account to add in Mail
  3. Enter your Name, Email Address, and Password, then select Sign In.

    Entering in Gmail account details in Mail.
  4. Select which apps you want to use with your Gmail account and select Done.

    Selecting which Gmail apps to include in Mail.