Changing the HTTPS setting
By default, Gmail is set to use HTTPS (Hypertext Transfer Protocol Secure), a secure protocol that provides authenticated and encrypted communication.
You have the option to change the setting to use HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol) for some browsers. Google Chrome always uses HTTPS for Gmail.
To change the HTTPS setting in Gmail, do the following:
- Click the gear in the top right.
- Select Settings.
- In the General tab, set "Browser connection" to one of the following:
- Always use https
- Don't always use https
- Click Save Changes.
- To start accessing Gmail via HTTP, manually change the URL to http://mail.google.com.