Add another email account to the Gmail app

Read and send mail from Yahoo, Hotmail, and other email addresses using the Gmail app, instead of forwarding your mail.

What you can do with your non-Google address

You can use many of the same Gmail features as Google Accounts:

Add an account  

You can add both Gmail and non-Gmail accounts to the Gmail app.

  1. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.
  2. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  3. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  4. To the right of your username, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  5. Tap Manage accounts and then Add account.
  6. Choose the type of account you want to add.
    • If you use iCloud,, or accounts, you might need to enter specific settings and an app password.
    • If you check work or school emails through Outlook for Windows, select Outlook, Hotmail, and Live.
    • If you don't see your email service, select Other.
  7. Follow the steps on the screen to add your account. If available, tap Try Gmailify to get Gmail features with your added account, like spam protection and email categories.

Remove or switch accounts

Remove an account
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. To the right of your username, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Tap Manage accounts.
  5. Switch the account off. To completely delete it, tap Edit and then Remove.
Switch accounts

Messages on the Gmail app stay separate for each account.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. To see other accounts on your iPhone or iPad, to the right of your username, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  4. Tap the account you want to use.

I'm getting an error

"Username and password not accepted"

Check with your other email service for:

  • The correct server, port, and security settings
  • Whether you need an app-specific password to sign in

Note: If you're trying to add an iCloud account to Gmail, learn how to enter iCloud settings.

"Email security not guaranteed"

If your other email service doesn't support the highest level of security for your messages, we'll show you this warning.

If the issue isn't severe, you'll have the option to add your account using an unsecured connection:

  1. In the "Security type" section, tap the Down arrow Down Arrow.
  2. Select None.

Note: If you choose this option, your connection to your email service won't be encrypted. This means that someone might see the username, password, or message information of your added account.

Certificate error

If you see any of the error messages below, your other email service might not support a secure connection.

  • Certificate not trusted
  • Certificate expired or not yet valid
  • Certificate has been changed
  • Certificate subject and hostname mismatch
  • Certificate not found

To help fix the error, you can report it to your other email service:

  1. On the error message, tap More info.
  2. In the top right, tap More Moreand then Share.

Note: You might need to do a search for the contact information of your other email service.

"Something went wrong" or "Couldn't open connection to server"

You can't add non-IMAP accounts, like Exchange and POP, to your Gmail app. If you're adding a different type of account, check with your email provider to make sure IMAP is turned on.

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