Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email How to Access Gmail With Outlook for Mac Configure Gmail in Outlook for Mac 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 December 18, 2019 Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email Setting up Outlook for Mac to work with Gmail isn't complicated and gives you all the best features of both the app and the service. The process below allows Outlook to synchronize with Gmail, including all mail and labels. Instructions in this article apply to Outlook 2019 for Mac, Outlook 2016 for Mac, Outlook for Office 365 for Mac, and Outlook for Mac 2011. How to Access Gmail With Outlook for Mac Set up as an IMAP account, Gmail in Outlook for Mac not only receives and sends mail; it also accesses all your old Gmail messages. Accessing Gmail with Outlook for Mac is a two-step process. First, you'll enable IMAP in Gmail. Then, you'll set up Outlook for Mac to download your Gmail messages. Enable IMAP in Gmail To enable IMAP in Gmail, sign in to your Gmail account, open Gmail, and follow these steps: Select the Settings icon and then Settings. Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and select Enable IMAP. Exit Gmail. Set up Gmail in Outlook After Gmail has been set up to enable IMAP, open Outlook for Mac and follow these steps: Select Outlook > Preferences > Accounts. In Outlook for Mac 2011, go to Tools > Accounts. On the Accounts screen, select the plus sign (+) in the lower-left corner, and then New Account. Enter your Gmail address and password where prompted. If you have 2-step authentication enabled for Gmail, create and use an application password specific for Outlook for Mac. Select Allow. Select Open Microsoft Outlook in the popup window that appears. Wait as Outlook completes the process. Then, click or tap Done. What Gmail in Outlook for Mac Lets You Do and Access Messages that have been assigned a label (or more than one) in Gmail on the web appear in folders in Outlook for Mac. Likewise, if you copy a message in Outlook to a folder, it appears under the corresponding label in Gmail; if you move a message, it is removed from the corresponding label (or the inbox) in Gmail. Under Junk E-mail, you have access to your Gmail Spam label; drafts, deleted, and sent messages are in the Outlook for Mac Drafts, Deleted Items, and Sent Items folders, respectively.