Enable IMAP Settings for Gmail or Enable POP Settings

Enable IMAP Settings for Gmail

Do you want to configure Microsoft outlook for Gmail? If yes, then you are on the right page. This article shows you how to enable IMAP settings to configure Gmail account on Microsoft outlook?

You must be getting into trouble every day to access email on the web.

I am sure with the solution, you want to configure your web email to Microsoft Office Outlook application, so you can access your email online or offline anytime.

If you are reading this article, you must be a student, home user, freelancer or business owner/employee who does email communication on a daily basis.

Nowadays, an email address seems mandated for everyone in this digital world. All of us need an email address for everything (like; any registration, sign-ups, businesses, etc.).

Additionally, you can communicate with someone who is sitting in a different part of the world by sending or receiving an Email.

What is Microsoft Outlook?

To clarify, Office outlook is one of the components of the office suite family along with Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Publisher, etc.

If you have not installed Microsoft Office so far, you should download and install any of the below versions to configure Microsoft outlook for Gmail:

So far you should have installed a registered version of Microsoft office in order to configure your email address in it.

Difference Between POP and IMAP Configuration

There are two different protocols to configure your webmail to Microsoft outlook.

  1. IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol)
  2. POP (Post Office Protocol)

What is IMAP?

The most important difference is that IMAP is always connected and syncs with the web mail server.

This means that if you make any changes to configured email clients (like: Outlook) it will have an immediate effect on your web mail server (example: if you delete any email from outlook, it will be deleted from the mail server)

What is POP?

Once an email client is configured with POP settings, everything will be downloaded to your mail client (outlook) and your web mail server will be blank/empty (there are few settings that can allow you to keep email in both places).

If you make any changes to the web mail server it will not show to your mail client.

Allow Settings from Gmail Account

Most importantly, before we configure Outlook for Gmail, we need to allow the Gmail server to forward your emails to the client’s app (outlook).

Follow the steps below:

Step 1. Launch Gmail login page and sign in with your current username and password.

Step 2. Once signed in, navigate to and click on the Gear icon from the right side and select Settings.

Step 3.
Look for Forwarding and POP/IMAP and click on it. Now you will see several settings now.

Consequently, IMAP settings are now enabled to configure Outlook. These are the only settings required from Gmail’s end. You may now close Gmail webpage.

Are you going to configure Gmail for the first time? If yes, in addition, make sure you have already enabled the less secure app access option from your Google account settings, you may need to do further checks.

[Read: Enable Less Secure App Access for Gmail]

Follow the below dedicated article to configure Gmail account in Outlook:

[Read: How to Configure Gmail Account in Outlook?]

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