How to setup Gmail IMAP settings in Outlook

Google mail is a popular email client, and it is the second successful product launched by the company. The email client rapidly grew in a matter of years and the number of requests to add new services & features increased. The Google added mail client to the ecosystem to keep the people on Android & Google products.

There are several featured email clients programs available for Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X operating system. The client programs offer a tremendous amount of value to the experience and make life easier for business people.

Gmail developers added IMAP & POP email services for the users so that they can integrate the inbox in another client program. You no longer need to the permission of the Google, and the users are responsible for the security & features.

Remember, setting up an email client to access Google Inbox and services; then you risk security & functions. However, if you are using Microsoft Outlook 2016 or above, then you have nothing to worry about it.

How To Set-up Gmail IMAP in Outlook?

Allow us to show you the set-up of IMAP in Outlook, and the process will work for almost every email client. I’m going to explain the procedure step-by-step so that beginners can follow it easily. Windows 10 machine and Windows 10 Phones comes with Outlook, so it will be extremely easy to configure the client.

Step 1: Login to your Google mail account to click on the gear icon, and then click on “settings” for more options. The users can return to the settings again and disable the option, so don’t worry about security after disabling it.

Step 2: The second menu has plenty of options, but you have to click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” to view the options. At any point, you can come back and disable the features. However, the download emails & attachments remain on the email client.

Step 3: Scroll down and locate “Status: IMAP is disabled” and click on “enable IMAP” then click on “save changes.”

Step 4: Now, launch Microsoft Outlook account set-up by searching. Click on “yes” and then “next” to continue.

Step 5: In the next page, you have to select “manual setup or additional server types” and then select “next” to proceed.

Step 6: You have three options and avoid the first two option to select the third option “POP or IMAP” and click on “next” to proceed.

Step 7: The main process goes down here, so pay attention to the instructions to avoid mistakes and misconfiguration.

  1. Add your name in the first box.
  2. The type email address that you want to synchronize.
  3. Select “IMAP” as the account type.
  4. Now, type “” and move to the next step. In case, if you select POP, then “” goes in the empty field.
  5. In the next step, type “” in the empty field.
  6. In the username, type an email address that you added above.
  7. Password of the username entered in the empty field above.

Step 8: Click on “more settings” and select “outgoing server,” then select “my outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.” Make sure that “use the same setting as my incoming mail server.”

Step 9: Click on “advanced,” then select “SSL” in both fields. Make sure to type 993 in the incoming server, and 465 in the outgoing server, and then click on “OK.”

Step 10: Click on next, then you have a pop up on your screen. Add an email address, password and click on “OK” to proceed further.

Step 11: The Outlook or email client begins to connect the Google mail server and fetches the information.

Step 12: Launch the email client and in case, if nothing shows up on the screen, then follow the steps. Click on “send/receive > send/receive all folder > a window pop-up on your screen. Let the window search for all emails, folders, and files and load them on the computer.

Microsoft Outlook is an excellent option for the users because it helps the Windows users to access the email without worrying about the security. The company aims to provide the latest features in the updates, so update the program occasionally.

Fortunately, the Windows 10 added a new mail feature in the latest edition that allows you to add or remove any mail client. In case, if you are planning to add mail in Windows machine, then make sure to check it.


Adding Gmail IMAP to another email client depends upon the user. If the user is new to the platform, then I don’t recommend the method because it can lead to privacy invasion. Let us know what do you think about the tutorial in the comment section below.

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