Using Gmail as an SMTP server offers a convenient way to send emails from various devices and applications. Although OAuth is Google’s preferred method for secure authentication, there might be situations where it is not supported or feasible. In this article, we will guide you through the process of using Gmail as an SMTP server without OAuth.
Before proceeding, ensure that you have access to a live Gmail account.
Enable App Passwords
Follow the instructions at How to set up App Passwords in Gmail.
Gmail SMTP Server Configuration
Configure your application or device with the following Gmail SMTP server settings:
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- Username: your Gmail address
- Password: the app password you created above
- Host: smtp.gmail.com
- Port: 465 for SSL or 587 for TLS
- Encryption method: SSL/TLS
Integrating Gmail SMTP Server in Popular Email Clients
Examples of popular email clients include Outlook, Thunderbird, and Apple Mail. To add the Gmail SMTP server settings in each client:
- Click “File” > “Info” > “Account Settings” > “Account Settings.”
- Select the email account and click “Change.”
- Under “Outgoing mail server (SMTP),” enter the Gmail SMTP server settings.
- Click “More Settings,” then the “Outgoing Server” tab, and check “My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.”
- Click “Advanced” and configure the port and encryption method.
- Click “OK,” then “Next,” and finally “Finish.”
- Click “Tools” > “Account Settings.”
- Select the email account and click “Server Settings.”
- Under “Outgoing Server (SMTP),” click “Edit SMTP Server.”
- Enter the Gmail SMTP server settings and click “OK.”
- Click “OK” to close the “Account Settings” window.
- Click “Mail” > “Preferences.”
- Click “Accounts” and select the email account.
- Click “Server Settings.”
- Enter the Gmail SMTP server settings under “Outgoing Mail Server.”
- Click “Save.”
Troubleshooting Common Issues
If you encounter issues sending emails through the Gmail SMTP server, consider the following:
- Double-check the Gmail SMTP server settings.
- Ensure the App Password is entered correctly.
- Verify that the email client or application supports App Passwords.
Using Gmail as an SMTP server without OAuth provides a reliable and secure method to send emails from various applications and devices. By following the steps outlined in this article, you can successfully integrate Gmail’s SMTP server and enhance your email experience.