Here Are the IMAP Settings You Need to Set up Gmail

Use them to view Gmail messages within an external client

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

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There are many reasons you may want to receive Gmail through a separate email client. For example, say you use Outlook on your desktop and have other email accounts set up on it. It may be easier to also have your Gmail set up so you can get all your email in one place.

To set up a Gmail account on an email client such as Outlook or Apple Mail, you need to provide "instructions" so Outlook knows how to retrieve your Gmail messages. These instructions are in the form of Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) settings. With IMAP, you can read your Gmail on multiple devices, where messages and folders are synced in real time.

For the Gmail IMAP settings to work in your email client, IMAP access must be enabled in Gmail online. 

Gmail IMAP Settings for Incoming Mail

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

  • Gmail IMAP server address: imap.gmail.com
  • Gmail IMAP username: Your full Gmail address (e.g. example@gmail.com)
  • Gmail IMAP password: Your Gmail password (use an application-specific Gmail password if you have enabled 2-step authentication for Gmail)
  • Gmail IMAP port: 993
  • Gmail IMAP TLS/SSL required: yes

Gmail SMTP Settings for Outgoing Mail

While you're setting up your client to receive Gmail messages, you also need to provide settings to allow it to send them. Messages are sent using Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP) settings: 

  • Gmail SMTP server address: smtp.gmail.com
  • Gmail SMTP username: Your full Gmail address (e.g. example@gmail.com)
  • 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. Check your client's documentation to determine which one is appropriate.