Here Are the IMAP Settings You Need to Set up Gmail

Use these settings to view Gmail messages in an external email client

When you want to receive Gmail through a separate email client, set up your Gmail account on 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.

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

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

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

  • Gmail IMAP server address:
  • Gmail IMAP username: Your full Gmail address (for example,
  • Gmail IMAP password: Your Gmail password (use an application-specific Gmail password if you enabled 2-step authentication for Gmail)
  • Gmail IMAP port: 993
  • Gmail IMAP TLS/SSL required: yes

Gmail SMTP Settings for Outgoing Mail

While setting up your client to receive Gmail messages, you'll also 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:
  • Gmail SMTP username: Your full Gmail address (for example,
  • 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 the documentation for the email client to determine which one is appropriate.