How to Access Your Gmail Account with Outlook 2010 Using IMAP

Enable IMAP in Gmail First log into your Gmail account and open the Settings panel. Click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and verify IMAP is enabled and save changes. 1imap

Next open Outlook 2010, click on the File tab to access the Backstage view. Click on Account Settings and Add and remove accounts or change existing connection settings. 2imap In the Account Settings window click on the New button. 3imap Enter in your name, email address, and password twice then click Next. 4imap Outlook will configure the email server settings, the amount of time it takes will vary. 5imap Provided everything goes correctly, the configuration will be successful and you can begin using your account. 6imap 16imap Manually Configure IMAP Settings If the above instructions don’t work, then we’ll need to manually configure the settings. Again, go into Auto Account Setup and select Manually configure server settings or additional server types and click Next. 7imap Select Internet E-mail – Connect to POP or IMAP server to send and receive e-mail messages. 8imap Now we need to manually enter in our settings similar to the following. Under the Server Information section verify the following.
  • Account Type: IMAP
  • Incoming mail server:
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP):
9imap Note: If you have a Google Apps account make sure to put the full email address ( in the Your Name and User Name fields. Note: If you live outside of the US you might need to use and Next, we need to click on the More Settings button… 10imap In the Internet E-mail Settings screen that pops up, click on the Outgoing Server tab, and check the box next to My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication. Also select the radio button next to Use same settings as my incoming mail server. 11imap In the same window click on the Advanced tab and verify the following.
  • Incoming server: 993
  • Incoming server encrypted connection: SSL
  • Outgoing server encrypted connection TLS
  • Outgoing server: 587
Note: You will need to change the Outgoing server encrypted connection first, otherwise it will default back to port 25. Also, if TLS doesn’t work, we were able to successfully use Auto. Click OK when finished. 12imap Now we want to test the settings, before continuing on…it’s just easier that way incase something was entered incorrectly. To make sure the settings are tested, check the box Test Account Settings by clicking the Next button. 13imap If you’ve entered everything in correctly, both tasks will be completed successfully and you can close out of the window. and begin using your account via Outlook 2010. 14imap You’ll get a final congratulations message you can close out of… 15imap And begin using your account via Outlook 2010. 16imap  Special Thanks to original Uploader (Geektester)