Gmail Configuration

Gmail Configuration

Here is the step by step instructions for adding your email to your Gmail account. Gmail offers a number of advantages over traditional means of accessing your email such as Outlook, it’s spam blocking is excellent, you can access your email and documents from anywhere a browser if available, and there is very little overhead required to maintain it once you’ve set it up. If you’re already using Gmail, the procedure is relatively simple to setup (relatively…)

First log in or set up your Gmail account and then click on the gear in the upper left hand corner and select the settings tab below.

Gmail Settings Gear

Your browser will open to the General Settings Window which will look something like this.

Gmail General Settings

Select Accounts and Import click on the Add a POP3 mail account note as you can see below you can multiple accounts to you email account and you can configure and individualized email footer for each address. I will be offering a tutorial on this in the future.

Gmail Accounts and Import Settings

This will bring up a yellow pop up window. Enter your email address in the space provided.

Add an Email Account

Enter the email Username, Password and server address. You should have something with the following information in it:
Here are the settings for configuring the email:
Mail Server Username:
Password: Y0urP@ssw0rd
Incoming Mail Server:
Incoming Mail Server: (SSL)
Outgoing Mail Server: (server requires authentication) port 26
Outgoing Mail Server: (SSL) (server requires authentication) port 465
Supported Incoming Mail Protocols: POP3, POP3S (SSL/TLS), IMAP, IMAPS (SSL/TLS)
Supported Outgoing Mail Protocols: SMTP, SMTPS (SSL/TLS)

You only need the Mail Server Username, Password, and an Incoming and Outgoing Mail Server address and port to configure an email address. In this example you have two options for incoming and outgoing mail servers. Plain vanilla, which in this case is and SSL (which I’ve highlighted in Red) use these settings if you want the added security of having your email communications encrypted to the mail server. Please note that these settings are for example only yours will certainly be unique to your email address.

Gmail Add An Account You Own

Provided you added the information correctly, your email has now been configured, but you are not quite finished.

Gmail Your Account Has Been Added

Now you must configure the send email address information.

Gmail Add another email address you own

I recommend setting it up through your own mail servers.

Gmail Add another email address send through Gmail

Enter the settings as provided note the port number and server address is configured for SSL Secure Socket Layer, this increases security by running your communications through https which encrypts your data traffic for added security.

Gmail Add another email address you own send through

You will get an email shortly (not immediately so give it a few minutes) You can either click on the link in the email or copy the verification code and enter it in the space provided. If you have not set up any previous access to your email account you can get instructions how to log in directly to your mail server here.

Gmail Verify Email

As I mentioned this is relatively simple. Personally, I think it could be much easier. There is no reason why these setting couldn’t be configured on a single page. But while Google does a great job of making its results useful sometime they make implementing their tools rather more difficult than it needs to be and I wonder about the logic of requesting an email verification for an email account that you just entered the login and password to. There is no practical reason to require this if you have entered the correct login and password. I mean seriously, what is the point of this validation. You have the login and password so why not run the test email when you click the button and have the mail server check to see it was delivered this should be a trivial matter for Google to do this automatically.

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