Email, Messaging, & Video Calls Email Here Are the IMAP Settings You Need to Set up Gmail Use these settings to view Gmail messages in an external email client 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 October 30, 2020 reviewed by Ryan Perian Lifewire Tech Review Board Member Ryan Perian is a certified IT specialist who holds numerous IT certifications and has 12+ years' experience working in the IT industry support and management positions. our review board Article reviewed on May 09, 2020 Ryan Perian Email Gmail Yahoo! Mail Tweet Share Email When you want to receive Gmail through a separate email client, set up your Gmail account in an email client such as Outlook or Apple Mail and get all your mail in one place. You'll need to provide the Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) settings so that the email client knows how to retrieve your Gmail messages. With IMAP, you can read your Gmail on multiple devices, and messages and folders are synced in real time. What Is IMAP for Gmail? IMAP is an internet protocol that allows email clients to communicate with an email service, such as Gmail. IMAP is a replacement for the older POP3 email protocol. It offers many advantages, including the ability to keep the status of emails in sync, access multiple mailboxes on a single server, and allow for server-side searching of content. For the Gmail IMAP settings to work in your email client, IMAP access must be enabled in Gmail online. Activate IMAP in Gmail To access a Gmail account in your email program or mobile device via the IMAP protocol, activate IMAP in Gmail. Open Gmail in a web browser. Select the gear icon in the upper-right corner. Select Settings. Select the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab. In the IMAP access section, select Enable IMAP. Leave the other settings on the default selections. Select Save Changes. How to Set up Gmail With IMAP After IMAP is enabled in Gmail, set up a new IMAP account in your email client of choice. If the email client is listed below, select the link to learn how to set up Gmail on your device quickly. Otherwise, follow the generic instructions for setting up Gmail with IMAP manually. iOS MailmacOS MailMozilla ThunderbirdOutlook MailYahoo MailPegasus Mail Gmail IMAP Settings for Incoming Mail To receive your Gmail messages on other devices, enter the following settings according to the directions for the specific application: Gmail IMAP server address: imap.gmail.comGmail IMAP username: Your full Gmail address (for example, firstname.lastname@example.org)Gmail IMAP password: Your Gmail password (use an application-specific Gmail password if you enabled 2-step authentication for Gmail)Gmail IMAP port: 993Gmail IMAP TLS/SSL required: yes Gmail SMTP Settings for Outgoing Mail While setting up your client to receive Gmail messages, provide settings to allow it to send messages. Messages are sent using Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) settings. You'll also need these SMTP settings to access Gmail with another mail client: Gmail SMTP server address: smtp.gmail.comGmail SMTP username: Your full Gmail address (for example, email@example.com)Gmail SMTP password: Your Gmail passwordGmail SMTP port (TLS): 587Gmail SMTP port (SSL): 465Gmail SMTP TLS/SSL required: yes Either TLS or SSL can be used, depending on your email client. Check the documentation for the email client to determine which one is appropriate. Troubleshooting If you encounter problems when setting up Gmail with a mail client, consider these possible issues: The username or password is mistyped.The server information is mistyped.Two-factor authentification is enabled on your Google account that requires you to generate an app-specific password.IMAP is not enabled in the Gmail settings.The email client is not secure and doesn't support Google's latest security standards. Unsecure Email Clients and Gmail Gmail, by default, requires email clients that connect to its servers to meet specific security standards. If an email client is outdated, Gmail may not allow it to connect without first altering your account settings. If you use a Gmail business account, you cannot alter the security settings. Contact your network administrator or IT department for more information. It is highly recommended that you upgrade to a secure email client rather than allow unsecured clients to connect. However, you can enable access from less secure applications with information from Google.