Gmail - Configure Apple Mail OS 10.7 - OS 10.8

Last Updated: 08/16/2017
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This tutorial is operating system independent.


This tutorial demonstrates how to configure Apple Mail on Macintosh for Gmail accounts.

You may need to enable IMAP for your account prior to configuration of your email client ( To do this: 

  1. From the Gmail web client, click Settings from the cog menu.
  2. In the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, click Enable IMAP.
  3. Click Save Changes.

Step 1

From the File menu, select Add Account...

Step 2

In the Full Name: text field enter your desired display name.

Step 3

Enter your Email address ( and Identikey Password in the corresponding fields.

Step 4

For the Account Type select IMAP, and for Incoming Mail server type

Step 5

Enter your in the User Name field, then click continue.

Step 6

In the Outgoing Mail Server field type

Step 7

Check the Use Authentication box.

Step 8

Enter your Email Address ( and IdentiKey password in the corresponding fields, then click Create.

Step 9

Click the Create button and your account will be configured.

Step 10

Some users may need to change their app security settings when using non-google/android email programs. While signed into your Gmail account in a browser, open the Google Apps menu, then select My Account.

*Note: You should try to connect your account without changing these settings and change only if the previous steps don't work.

Step 11

In the Sign-in & Security section, select Connected apps & sites.

Step 12

Scroll down to the Allow less secure apps section and change the setting to On. You should now be able to connect your account to an email client.