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How to configure Gmail SMTP settings

Not liking the Gmail app or website? Set up a third-party client with these settings!
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October 18, 2021
Gmail logo on smartphone stock photo 1 - Gmail SMTP settings
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If you want to use an email client like Thunderbird or Outlook to send emails from your Gmail address, you must enter the correct Gmail SMTP settings. While some email clients do this automatically when you enter your login credentials, some require manual configuration. This article will give you the Gmail SMTP settings that you will need to send emails from your favorite email client.

The process is easy, takes less than a minute, and requires no technical knowledge whatsoever. All you have to know is the correct settings, which you can check out below.

Gmail SMTP settings:

  • Full name or display name: Your name
  • Username: Your Gmail address
  • Password: Your Gmail password
  • SMTP server address: smtp.gmail.com
  • SMTP port (SSL): 465
  • Gmail SMTP port (TLS/STARTTLS): 587
  • SMTP TLS/SSL required: yes
  • Requires Authentication: Yes

Once you add your account to an email client of your choice, the first thing you’ll likely be required to do is enter your email address and password. After that, the Gmail SMTP settings should pop up on your screen. When they do, enter the info you see above.

In case you don’t see them, you’ll have to open your account settings and do some digging. Depending on the email client you’re using, they are located in a different place, but they should be relatively easy to find.

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You should be ready to go now that you have set up your Gmail SMTP settings. Go ahead and send a test email and see if everything is working! Just keep in mind that the Gmail SMTP settings do have a sending limit. It’s in place to prevent spamming. You can only send a total of 500 emails per day, which is probably more than enough for the average user.