Use IMAP to check Gmail on other email clients

Set up IMAP

Stronger security for your Google Account
If you use multiple email clients or devices for the same Gmail account, try closing or signing out of some. Pretend to be you and send unwanted or harmful emails to your contacts Use your account to reset the passwords for your other accounts banking, shopping, etc. Join millions of others who have made their accounts stronger with 2-Step Verification Get Started See features. Verification codes made just for you Codes are uniquely crafted for your account when you need them. Why you need it It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password. Security certificate CN error Try the options below if you see this error: During sign-in, you can choose not to use 2-Step Verification again on that particular computer.

Troubleshoot problems


Yes if available Requires Authentication: Yes Port for SSL: Try these troubleshooting steps Update your email client to the latest version. Use an App Password: If you use 2-Step Verification, try signing in with an App Password. Allow less secure apps: If you don't use 2-Step Verification, you might need to allow less secure apps to access your account.

If the tips above didn't help, visit https: The email client's sign-in method might be insecure. Make sure your mail app isn't set to check for new email too frequently. Security certificate CN error Try the options below if you see this error: Check your Incoming Server setting to make sure it says imap.

My email client is crashing, or emails are taking too long to download You might be downloading too many emails at one time. With 2-Step Verification, if a bad guy hacks through your password layer, he'll still need your phone or Security Key to get into your account. With 2-Step Verification, you'll protect your account with something you know your password and something you have your phone or Security Key. Codes are uniquely crafted for your account when you need them.

If you choose to use verification codes, they will be sent to your phone via text, voice call, or our mobile app. Each code can only be used once. See Features to learn about backup options for times when your phone is not available. Why you need it How it works How it protects you. Why you need it It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password.

It's easier than you think for someone to steal your password Any of these common actions could put you at risk of having your password stolen: Using the same password on more than one site Downloading software from the Internet Clicking on links in email messages 2-Step Verification can help keep bad guys out, even if they have your password.

Imagine losing access to your account and everything in it When a bad guy steals your password, they could lock you out of your account, and then do some of the following: Go through — or even delete — all of your emails, contacts, photos, etc.

Pretend to be you and send unwanted or harmful emails to your contacts Use your account to reset the passwords for your other accounts banking, shopping, etc. Join millions of others who have made their accounts stronger with 2-Step Verification Get Started See how it works. Signing in to your account will work a little differently. Signing in to your account will work a little differently 1 You'll enter your password Whenever you sign in to Google, you'll enter your password as usual.