Using Microsoft Outlook with Gmail

Outlook is a pretty convenient app, you can use it on Android, iOS, Windows, or macOS as your Gmail email client. Keep in mind that you won’t be able to create a new Gmail account in the mobile or desktop Outlook app. It is assumed that you already have a Google mail service account.

This tutorial will show you how to add a Google mail account to Outlook on your phone, tablet, laptop, or desktop.

How to Enable IMAP in Gmail Settings?

  1. Open Microsoft Edge, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or your preferred web browser on your desktop or laptop PC.
  2. Click See all settings. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab. Select the Enable IMAP option. Click the Save Changes button at the bottom of the Gmail preferences window.
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How to Set Up a Google Account Before Adding Gmail to Outlook?

Turn on the Less Secure Apps option in your Google account settings. Keep in mind that this option is disabled by Google by default to make your account less potentially vulnerable. The decision to disable security features is at the user’s own risk.

How to Add a Gmail to Outlook on Mobile Device, Desktop, or Laptop?

Set up your Outlook email client for use with Gmail on your phone, tablet, or computer.

  1. Add your Gmail account to the Outlook mobile app on your Android phone. Install the free Microsoft Outlook application from Play Store if you haven’t already installed it.
  2. Tap the round button with the Outlook icon in the top left corner of the app. Then tap the button with the image of a postal envelope and the “+” sign. Select the Add an account (Outlook, Exchange, Gmail, iCloud…) option at the bottom of the window.
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There is a second way to access the Add new email account menu in Outlook:

  1. Tap the icon that looks like a gear to enter the app’s settings. Click Add Mail Account.
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  2. Tap Add Google Account.
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  3. Select the Gmail account you need, if it’s on the list. Then enter the password. If the required account is not in the list, tap Add another account.
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  4. Enter your Gmail email address and the password for this account.
  5. Outlook will offer you the option to allow offline access to your contacts. Tap Deny to deny this permission or Allow to grant it. With offline access to contacts, Outlook can run faster.

Similar to Android, you can add Gmail to the Outlook for iPhone app, which is available for download from the App Store.

  1. In the Outlook application on a Windows laptop or PC, click File from the menu.
  2. Select Add account. Enter your email address and click the Connect button.
  3. In the next window, enter your Gmail account password and click Sign in.
  4. Enter the verification code that will be sent to your mobile device if you are using two-factor authentication.
  5. Review the permissions that Outlook requests. Click Allow to confirm or Deny to refuse.
  6. Click the Done button.

In Outlook for Mac, the New Account (+) option can be found in the Accounts submenu of the Preferences menu. Follow the instructions in the Add Account Wizard. You will need to enter your email address, Gmail account password, and provide the permissions requested by the app.

Remember that the free version of Outlook is for personal use only. Its functionality is limited and may not be sufficient for work. Microsoft offers an Office 365 subscription with enhanced security, additional cloud-based email storage, support, and suites of software tools.

Cyril Kardashevsky

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