Setting up Mail to access your GMail account.

I received an email from Charles Pazos this past weekend asking how to set up Mail to check your GMail account. Here you go, Charles.

From Google’s help page :

Open Apple Mail.
Click ‘Mail,’ and select ‘Preferences…’

Open the ‘Accounts’ tab, and click the plus sign (+) along the bottom to add a new account.

Enter ‘’ in the ‘Incoming Mail Server:’ field.
Enter your Gmail username (including ‘’) in the ‘User Name:’ field.
Enter your Gmail password in the ‘Password:’ field.

Select ‘Add Server…’ from the pop-up labeled ‘Outgoing Mail Server,’ and enter ‘’ in the ‘Outgoing Mail Server:’ field.
Enter ‘587’ in the ‘Server port:’ field.

Check the box next to ‘Use Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).’
Select ‘Password’ next to ‘Authentication:’ and enter your Gmail username (including ‘ and Gmail password.
Click ‘OK.’
Click ‘Advanced’ and check the box next to ‘Use SSL.’ (The port changes to ‘995.’)


I’ve followed these directions for my two machines that I’ve set up GMail on, and had no problems. Good luck!


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