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How to read Gmail messages on another email client using IMAP

You can read your messages from Gmail in other mail clients, like Microsoft Outlook and Apple Mail, using IMAP. When you use IMAP, you can read your Gmail messages on multiple devices, and messages are synced in real time.

Set up IMAP

Step 1: Check that IMAP is turned on:

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings.
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. In the “IMAP Access” section, select Enable IMAP.
  6. Click Save Changes.

Step 2: Change your IMAP settings in your email client

Use the table below to update your client with the correct information. For help updating your settings, search your email client’s Help Center for instructions on setting up IMAP.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server

imap.gmail.com

Requires SSL: Yes

Port: 993

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server

smtp.gmail.com

Requires SSL: Yes

Requires TLS: Yes (if available)

Requires Authentication: Yes

Port for SSL: 465

Port for TLS/STARTTLS: 587

Full Name or Display Name
Account Name, User name, or Email address Your full email address
Password Your Gmail password
Updated on April 4, 2018

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