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Enabling POP

You can read your Gmail messages from a client or device that supports POP, like Microsoft Outlook.

Step 1: Enable POP in Gmail

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings Gear icon.
  3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  4. Select Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on.
  5. Choose what to do with your messages after your POP client or device receives them. We recommend the first option, keeping Gmail’s copy in the inbox.
  6. Click Save Changes.

Although the radio button next to your selected option may not stay selected, Gmail displays the status next to 'POP Status:.' When you enable POP, your settings display 'POP Status: POP is enabled.'

If your POP settings are turned off, the status will indicate that POP is disabled.

Once you've enabled POP in your Gmail settings, you need to configure your client.

Step 2: Configure client

Go to your client (e.g., Microsoft Outlook) and make sure these settings are correct.

Incoming Mail (POP) Server:
Requires SSL: Yes
Port: 995
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server:
Requires SSL: Yes
Requires TLS: Yes (if available)
Requires Authentication: Yes
Port for SSL: 465
Port for TLS/STARTTLS: 587
Server timeouts Greater than 1 minute, we recommend 5
Full Name or Display Name: [your name]
Account Name or User Name: your full email address (including or
Email Address: your full email address (including or
Password: your Gmail password

Unless you're using recent mode to download mail to multiple clients, make sure you've opted not to leave messages on the server. Your POP settings in Gmail determine whether or not messages stay on the server, so changing the setting in the client won't make a difference.

I can't send messages

If your client doesn't support SMTP authentication, you won't be able to send mail through your client using your Gmail address. If you confirm that they do support SMTP but you're still having trouble, try to configure your SMTP server on a different port (465 or 587).

I can't sign in
  • If you have 2-Step Verification on your Google Account, you might need an App Password to sign in.
  • If you don't have 2-Step Verification on your Google Account, you might need to enable less secure apps.

Learn how to troubleshoot sign-in issues.

Extra help

For more information you can visit the support centers of the email client you're using, such as the two below.

Vivian is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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