Gmail Email Settings: POP3, IMAP, and SMTP Servers

Manually configuring Gmail email settings can be a headache, especially if you don’t know which settings are correct. To help you avoid time-consuming mistakes, we put together this concise guide, covering everything from POP3 to IMAP to SMTP servers.

Gmail SMTP Settings

Using the Gmail SMTP settings below, you can configure a third-party email client to send messages via Gmail servers across the public internet. Because Gmail servers are trusted by all other email providers, your messages are unlikely to end up in the spam folder.

Option Description
SMTP Host:
SMTP Port for SSL: 465
SMTP Username: Your full email address (
SMTP Password: Your email account password

Gmail Email Receiving Settings

If you want to retrieve email messages sent to your Gmail inbox using a third-party email client, then you need to configure either Gmail POP settings or Gmail IMAP settings.

Gmail POP settings

Option Description
POP3 Host:
POP3 Port: 995
Requires SSL: Yes
POP3 Username: Your full email address (
POP3 Password: Your email account password

Gmail IMAP settings

Option Description
IMAP Host:
IMAP Port: 993
Requires SSL: Yes
IMAP Username: Your full email address (
IMAP Password: Your email account password

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Good to Know

Gmail lets users download up to 2,500 MB of email data per day using the IMAP protocol or up to 1250 MB of email data per day using the POP protocol. IMAP uploads are limited to 500 MB of email data per day.

💡 Tip: When setting up IMAP or POP access to your Gmail inbox on multiple devices, it’s a good idea to configure one device to use IMAP and the other one to use POP.

Here’s how you can check if IMAP or POP is turned on:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account on a computer.
  2. Click the Settings gear icon in the top right and then choose the See all settings option.
  3. Go to the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  4. Select the Enable IMAP option in the IMAP access section to turn on IMAP, or select the Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on option in the POP download section to turn on POP.
  5. Click Save Changes at the bottom to save the new email settings for Gmail.

POP3 vs IMAP: What’s The Difference

The difference between POP and IMAP is that the former downloads emails to local storage, while the latter leaves them on Gmail servers and merely updates their status (read, unread, and so on).

So, which one should you use? Well, that depends entirely on your use case:

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