How to Access Gmail in iPhone Mail

Use the correct Gmail server settings to log in on your phone

Get Gmail on your iPhone by adding your email account details to your phone settings. Your previous Gmail messages will download to your phone and be stored in the built-in Mail app, which is also where you can get new emails and send messages to your contacts. There are two methods to download email to your iPhone: IMAP and POP. You can use whichever you prefer, but IMAP excels in its synchronization features.

Instructions in this article apply to any Gmail or G Suite email account on any iPhone running iOS 11 or above.

How to Access Gmail in iPhone Mail Using IMAP

Illustration of a person looking at an Add Account screen on their iPhone
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Use the following steps to get Gmail on your phone using the Gmail IMAP server settings:

  1. Enable IMAP for Gmail.

  2. On the iPhone home screen, open Settings.

  3. Go to Passwords & Accounts > Add Account, then choose Google.

    Passwords & Accounts, Add Account, and Google buttons in iOS Settings

    These screens are named differently on older versions of the Mail app. Choose Mail > Contacts > Calendars, then go to Add Account > Google Mail.

  4. Enter your Gmail email address, then tap Next.

  5. Enter your Gmail password, then tap Next.

    Next buttons on Google account sign in screens for username and password

    If you don't know your password, reset your Gmail password to make a new one.

  6. If a message about two-factor authentication (2FA) appears, follow the directions on the screen. You'll only see this if 2FA is enabled for your Gmail account.

  7. Turn on the Mail toggle switch to ensure that your email can be used. You can also enable other items to sync contacts, calendar events, and notes.

  8. Tap Save.

  9. Press the home button to exit to the home screen.

If you set up your Gmail account to work with other email addresses, use these to send from iPhone Mail.

How to Access Gmail in iPhone Mail Using POP

The Gmail POP server settings are needed to use Gmail on your phone over POP.

  1. Enable POP for Gmail if it's not already turned on. Do this from a web browser using the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab of your Gmail account.

  2. Open the Settings app and go to Passwords & Accounts > Add Account > Other > Add Mail Account.

  3. Enter your name, email address, and password, then tap Next.

    Other account, Add Mail Account, and Next buttons in iOS Settings
  4. Select POP.

  5. In the Incoming Mail Server section, enter the Gmail POP server settings:

    • Host Name: pop.gmail.com
    • User Name: Your full email address
    • Password: The password to your email account

    If 2-step verification is enabled, generate an app password for your Gmail account and use the app password instead of your account password.

  6. In the Outgoing Mail Server section, enter the Gmail SMTP server settings:

    • Host Name: smtp.gmail.com
    • User Name: Your full email address
    • Password: The password to your email account
  7. Tap Save.

  8. Select the Gmail account you just added.

  9. Tap smtp.gmail.com towards the bottom of the page, and then again at the top of the next page.

  10. Turn on the Use SSL toggle switch.

  11. In the Server Port text box, delete the existing number and enter 465.

    smtp.gmail.com, SSL toggle ON, and Server Port 465 in iOS Gmail settings
  12. Select Done.

Depending on the POP download settings in your Gmail account, you may be able to delete an email on your iPhone and have it remain in your Gmail account. Adjust this feature by changing the When messages are accessed with POP setting on this page of your Gmail account.