How to Access a Gmail Account in Mac OS X Mail

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Step-by-step, 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.

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Make Sure POP Access Is Turned on for Your Gmail Account

  1. Make sure POP access is turned on for your Gmail account.
  2. Select Mail > Preferences... from the menu.
  3. Go to the Accounts tab.
  4. Click the plus sign under the accounts list.
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Make Sure "POP" Is Selected Under "Account Type"

  1. Make sure POP is selected under Account Type.
  2. Type "Gmail" under Account Description.
  3. Enter your name under Full Name.
  4. Type your full Gmail address under Email Address.
  5. Click Continue.
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Enter "pop.gmail.com" Under "Incoming Mail Server"

  1. Enter pop.gmail.com under Incoming Mail Server.
  2. Type your full Gmail email address under User Name.
  3. Put your Gmail password in the Password: field.
  4. Click Continue.
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Make Sure "Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)" Is Checked

  1. Make sure Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is checked.
  2. Select Password under Authentication.
  3. Click Continue.
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Type "smtp.gmail.com" Under "Outgoing Mail Server"

  1. Type smtp.gmail.com" under Outgoing Mail Server.
  2. Make sure Use Authentication is checked.
  3. Enter your full Gmail address under User Name:.
  4. Put your Gmail password in the Password: field.
  5. Click Continue.
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Make Sure "Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)" is Checked

  1. Make sure Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) is checked under Outgoing Mail Security, too.
  2. Under Authentication, Password.
  3. Click Continue.
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Click "Continue"

  • Click Continue again.
  • Now click Done.
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Click "Done"

  • Now click Done.
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With the New "Gmail" Account Highlighted, Click "Server Settings..."

  • With the new "Gmail" account highlighted, click Server Settings... under Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP):.
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Type "465" Under "Server Port:"

  1. Type 465 under Server port.
  2. Click OK.
  3. Close the mail preferences.