Configure Gmail with Apple Mail for Mac

To set up Gmail on Apple Mail for OS X 10.8, complete the following steps:

If this is the first time you’re connecting an account to Apple Mail, the Welcome to Mail window will appear. If it does, proceed to Steps 4-6.

    1. Under the Mail menu, select Preferences.
    2. Click the Accounts icon.
    3. Click the symbol in the bottom left corner of the window.
    4. Enter your full name as you would like it to appear on emails sent from this account.
    5. Enter your email address and Google Mobile password or your Internet password, if you have synced your passwords.
    6. Click Continue.
    7. Enter the following server settings:
      • Select IMAP from the Account Type drop-down menu.
      • Enter a description that will help you identify this account (e.g. UMN Gmail) in the Description field.
      • Enter in the Incoming Mail Server field.
      • Enter your email user name ([yourInternetID] in the User Name field.
      • Enter your Google Mobile/Desktop Client password or your Internet password (if you have synced your passwords) in the Password field.
    8. Click Continue.

Note: You may receive an error at this point indicating that you may not be able to receive mail. Click Continue.

    1. Enter the following server settings:
      • Enter a description that will help you identify your account in the Description field.
      • Enter in the Outgoing Mail Server field.
      • Check the Use Authentication checkbox. Your username and password should populate automatically. If not, enter them as you did in Step 7.
      • Verify your information is correct, then click Create.

Note: After you click Create, you will be taken back to the Accounts window. If you are not taken there automatically, click MailPreferences, or by hitting Command + on your keyboard.

  1. Click the Account Information tab.
  2. Select Edit SMTP Server List from the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) drop-down menu.
  3. Highlight the UMN Outgoing server you just created and select the Advanced tab.
  4. Enter the following settings:
    • Select the Use default ports (25, 465, 587) radio button.
    • Click the Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) checkbox.
    • Select Password from the Authentication drop-down menu.
  5. Click OK.
  6. Enter your login information:
    • Username: [yourInternetID]
    • Password: Google Mobile Password or Internet password, if you have synced your passwords.
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