Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Access a Gmail Account in macOS Mail Yes, you can use your Gmail in macOS Mail 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 02, 2020 Email Yahoo! Mail Gmail Tweet Share Email 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. 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.) Select Google and click Continue. Enter your Gmail address and select Next. Enter your Gmail password and select Next. Select Mail and any additional apps you want to use with this account. Select Done. 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: From the Mail menu bar, go to Mail > Add Account. Select Other Mail Account and select Continue. Enter your Name, Email Address, and Password. Then click Sign In. Select Mail and click Done.