It’s probably fair to say that most of us take Gmail for granted. We just type in our email and password during the Android setup and we are all set. Even the most popular 3rd party email clients in the Play Store automatically set up our Gmail services. But say things were not this easy… what if the email client does not automatically support Gmail?

In that case, you would have to set it up yourself. The way to do this is by manually entering the Gmail SMTP, or Simple Mail Transfer Protocol, which will allow you to send emails via your Gmail account. The SMTP, along with POP3 and IMAP for receiving emails, identifies to the email client that you are in fact sending a Gmail, and not AOL or Exchange for example.

Here is what you will want to enter for the outgoing (sending) server:

The server address: smtp.gmail.com

Username: youremail@gmail.com

Security Type: TLS or SSL

Port: For TLS: 587; For SSL: 465

For the incoming settings, you will be following two routes: POP3 or IMAP. The difference between the two is that POP3 is really only a good choice when you are only checking your email from one device. The reason for this is that POP3 removes the email from the server when it retrieves it, making it impossible to receive the email on multiple devices. So granted that you probably use multiple devices, or at least want to prepare for the future, you should use IMAP.

Here are the settings:

Server Address: either pop.gmail.com or imap.gmail.com

Username: youremail@gmail.com

Port: For POP3: 995; for IMAP: 993

If it asks for a security type, make it match the outgoing server.

And that is really all you need to know! Now you can send and receive Gmail’s from an email client as long as you can enter this information. Generally, the screen above can be found somewhere near an Advanced Settings page, or Server Settings; it varies.

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