It's Easy to Find out the IMAP Settings for Gmail

Screenshot of Gmail's IMAP settings in a mail client on Mac

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You can use the IMAP protocol to read your messages from Google Gmail in other mail clients, such as Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail. With IMAP, you can read your Gmail on multiple devices, where messages and folders are synced in real time.

To set up other devices, you need the Gmail IMAP server settings for accessing incoming messages and online folders in any email program. They are:

Gmail IMAP Settings for Incoming Mail

To receive your Gmail on other devices, enter the following settings according to the directions for your specific device:

For the Gmail IMAP settings to work in your email program, IMAP access must be enabled in Gmail on the web. As an alternative to IMAP access, you can access Gmail using POP.

Gmail SMTP Settings for Outgoing Mail

To send mail through Gmail from any email program, enter the following default SMTP (Simple Mail Transfer Protocol) server address information: 

  • Gmail SMTP server address:
  • Gmail SMTP username: Your full Gmail address (e.g.,
  • Gmail SMTP password: Your Gmail password
  • Gmail SMTP port (TLS): 587
  • Gmail SMTP port (SSL): 465
  • Gmail SMTP TLS/SSL required: yes

Either TLS or SSL can be used depending on your email client.