Using Google Workspace with your email client application – Outlook

September 20, 2022Read time:7 min read

When you enable Google Workspace, your email is hosted at Google. However, you can still use any mail client you like (Outlook, Mac Mail, Thunderbird, etc…) to view your mail. This article lists the settings you should use when setting up your mail client.

If you’re setting up a single IMAP account on multiple computers, try taking a break between each setup.

Configuring IMAP

Step 1 — Enable IMAP in Gmail

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings gear icon.
  3. From the dropdown, click Settings.
  4. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  5. In the IMAP Access section, select Enable IMAP.
  6. Finally, click the Save Changes button to save.

Step 2 — Configuring SMTP settings in your email client

Use the table below to configure your email client with an IMAP connection.

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server

Requires SSLYes

Outgoing Mail (IMAP) Server

Requires SSLYes
Requires TLSYes (if available)
Requires AuthenticationYes
Port for SSL465 (recommended)
Port for TLS/STARTTLS587

Port 465 with SSL is recommended, however some email clients are unable to use this port.

If you are unable to use port 465, the next best option is port 587 using STARTTLS.

Name, address, and password

Full Name or Display NameYour name
Account Name, User name, or Email addressYour full email address
PasswordYour Gmail password

 Bandwidth limits

Google sets specific bandwidth limits on downloads and uploads. Make sure you do not exceed these limits or Google may temporarily lock you out of your account.

LimitPer day
Download with IMAP2500MB
Download with POP1250MB
Upload with IMAP500MB

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