FAQ - Setting up POP for Gmail

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Setting up POP for Gmail

You can open your messages from Gmail in other mail clients that support POP, like Microsoft Outlook.

Step 1: Make sure POP is the best way to read your emails

IMAP and POP are both ways to read your Gmail messages in other email clients.

IMAP can be used across multiple devices. Emails are synced in real time.

POP can only be used for a single computer. Emails aren't synced in real time. Instead, they're downloaded and you decide how often you want to download new emails.

Step 2: Check that POP is turned on:

1. On your computer, open www.gmail.com

2. In the top right, click Settings

3. Click Settings.

4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.

5. In the "POP Download" section, select Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on.

6. Click Save Changes

Step 2: Change your POP settings in your email client

Use the table below to update your client with the correct information.

Incoming Mail (POP) Server


Requires SSL: Yes

Port: 995

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server


Requires SSL: Yes

Requires Authentication: Yes

Port for SSL: 465

Full Name or Display Name

Your name

Account Name, User name, or Email address

Your full email address


Your Gmail password

Step 3: For downloading of emails on multiple email clients (Optional)

1. In your email client's POP settings page, find the "Email address" or "User name" field.

2. Add recent: in front of your email address. For example, recent:example@gmail.com

3. Change your POP settings so that your emails are left on the server.

• Outlook: On the "Advanced" tab, click Leave a copy of messages on the server.
• Apple Mail: On the "Advanced" tab, uncheck the box next to "Remove copy from server after retrieving a message."
• Thunderbird: On the "Server Settings" tab, check the box next to "Leave messages on server."

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