Free Gmail SMTP and POP Settings for Outlook

February 27, 2010 | Filed under Email


Gmail is a very popular email service offered by Google. Anyone can sign up for it for free and get a more than 7GB and counting email address. 7GB is a lot of space for a webmail and you probably can’t even finish using it if you mainly use to store emails. Other than that, Gmail spam filter is also very powerful to filter out spams. If you noticed that the spam filter misses a few spams, all you need to do is just click the Report Spam button and the system will auto learn to make it even better and smarter.

Gmail started out as a web email and to read and respond to email, you will need to login from your web browser. Now Gmail has expanded its feature to allow everyone to send and receive emails from their own email client software such as Microsoft Outlook. It’s more convenient because the Gmail POP mails are all downloaded to your computer locally so you can view it anytime. Other than that, Gmail SMTP also allows you to send out emails directly from your Outlook.

Before you can use this service, you must know the correct Gmail SMTP and POP settings and also enable the POP service from the web based Gmail.

First login to your Gmail and go to Settings. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP. Select Enable POP for all mail (even mail that’s already been downloaded) and click the Save Changes button. That will let you use Gmail’s SMTP and POP. Now let’s continue to configure your Outlook to use Gmail.

Gmail POP3 Server:
Use SSL: Yes
Port: 995
Gmail SMTP Server: (Use either TLS or SSL)
Use Authentication: Yes
Port for TLS/STARTTLS: 587
Port for SSL: 465
Account Name: your full email address (including
Email Address: your email address (
Password: your Gmail password

As you can see, Gmail doesn’t use the default port 110 for POP and port 25 for SMTP because of security reasons and also some ISP that blocks those port by default.

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