How to Access a Gmail Account in macOS Mail

Yes, you can use your Gmail in macOS Mail

If you're a Mac user, you might want to use macOS Mail to send and receive Gmail messages. To use Gmail in macOS Mail, you need to enable either IMAP or POP access. Once you've completed those steps, you can add Gmail using either protocol.

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

Setting Up for IMAP Access

The first option to use Gmail in macOS mail is IMAP. Below are the steps to set up Gmail with the IMAP protocol.

  1. Go to Mail > Add Account in the Mail menu bar. (If you've never set up an account, all you need to do is open Mail.)

    Selection to add an account in Mail.
  2. Select Google and click Continue.

    Choosing an email account provider in Mail.
  3. Enter 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 Mail and any additional apps you want to use with this account. 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 an "insecure" app. In that case, you have to log in to Gmail and unlock less secure apps. Then follow these steps:

  1. From the Mail menu bar, go to Mail > Add Account.

    Add account option in Mac 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 click Sign In.

    Entering in Gmail account details in Mail.
  4. Select Mail and click Done.

    Selecting which Gmail apps to include in Mail.