Add another email account to the Gmail app

Instead of forwarding email, you can use the Gmail app to read and send email from Yahoo, Outlook, and other email addresses.

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With a non-Google email account, you can use many of the same Gmail features as Google Accounts:

You can add up to 5 email addresses to your Gmail account.

Add or remove an email account

You can add both Gmail and non-Gmail accounts to the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad. Make sure you've downloaded the Gmail app.

Add an account
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap Add another account.
  4. Choose the type of account you want to add.
    • For Gmail, tap Google.
    • To use iCloud Mail,, or accounts, tap iCloud.
    • If you check work or school emails through Outlook for Windows, tap Outlook, Hotmail, and Live.
    • If you don't find your email service, select Other (IMAP).
  5. To add your account, follow the steps on the screen.

Tip: To get features like spam protection and email categories for non-Gmail accounts, tap Try Gmailify. You can also get Gmail features for your other email accounts.

Remove an account
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap Manage accounts on this device and then Remove from this device.

Switch or find all messages from your email accounts

Switch email accounts

Important: Messages in the Gmail app stay separate for each account.

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the top right, tap your profile picture.
  3. Tap the account you want to use.
Find messages from all email accounts
  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then All inboxes.

Fix issues with adding an account in the Gmail app

The username and password aren't accepted

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

Check with your other email service for:

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

You receive the message: "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. Tap the "Security type" dropdown menu.
  2. Select None.

Important: When you choose this option, your connection to your email service isn't encrypted. This means that someone might find the username, password, or message information of your added account.

There's a certificate error

If you receive an error message about a certificate, your other email service might not support a secure connection. Examples of certificate error messages include:

  • "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. In the error message, tap More info.
  2. In the top right, tap More Moreand then Share.
    • You may need to do a search for the contact information of your other email service.

Something went wrong, or Gmail couldn't open a connection to the 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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