Set up Gmail with Outlook, Apple Mail, or other mail clients

You can download messages from Gmail and see them using a program like Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, or Thunderbird, even when you aren't online. This process is called POP or IMAP, and is free for all Gmail users.

Tip: We recommend using IMAP if possible because it’s the best way to make sure you can see all your mail at any time on all of your devices. If you'd like to use POP instead, learn how to enable POP.

Use Gmail for automatic email responses

When you use an email client, like Outlook or Apple Mail, automatic email replies might not work as you expect.

It's a good idea to use Gmail's vacation responder, which you can set up in Gmail Settings, rather than one provided by the non-Gmail service. Learn more about automatic responses in Gmail.

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