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How to read Gmail mail

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How to read Gmail mail: After reading my guide on how to create Gmail emails you just proceeded to create an email account through the well-known Google home service. You find it very convenient and for the moment you have not encountered any kind of problem but would you like to be able to manage your correspondence even from traditional clients such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Mail? No problem, it can be done very easily. How? Well, take a few minutes of free time to read this tutorial on how to read gmail mail and you will find out right away.

All you have to do is activate the use of the IMAP and POP3 protocols in your Gmail account and configure your email client using the parameters shown below. I know, it seems like a difficult thing to say so, but instead I assure you it’s really child’s play. The important thing is to type correctly all the addresses and port numbers used by Gmail to communicate with remote servers.

How do you say? Would you like to access Gmail also from smartphones and tablets but you don’t know which applications to use? No problem, I’ll help you with that too, it’s very easy and it only takes a few minutes, really. But now let’s ban the chatter and try to take the real action. Happy reading and have fun!

Read Gmail from computer

Do you want to find out what you have to do to be able to read the emails you receive on your Gmail account with one of the many ad hoc programs available for your computer? Well, then follow the instructions below and you will see that in no time at all you will have no more doubts about it.

Choice of protocol

As anticipated at the beginning, to use Gmail in programs such as Microsoft Outlook, Mozilla Thunderbird or Apple Mail you have to use the protocol IMAP or the protocol POP3. The first is more modern and is designed to work on multiple devices at the same time, in fact it synchronizes incoming and outgoing messages on all devices in use; the second is older and is designed to run on a single computer. It even provides for the deletion of messages from Gmail servers once they are downloaded to the PC (unless you activate a special backup function that prevents them from being deleted).

To use the IMAP and POP3 protocols in an email client, you must first make sure they are enabled in the Gmail settings. How you do it? Very simple: connect to your inbox on mail.google.comclick on the button with the icongear located at the top right and select the item Settings from the menu that appears.

On the page that opens, select the tab Forwarding and POP / IMAPput the check mark next to the item Enable IMAP to activate IMAP or next to the entry Enable POP for all messages to activate POP3 and press the button Save Changes located at the bottom of the screen to save the settings.

Client configuration

Now you can open your favorite email client, start the procedure for adding a new email account and configure the program using the data you find below.

IMAP

  • Incoming mail server (IMAP): imap.gmail.com, Port: 993, Requires SSL: yes.
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.gmail.com, Port: 465 or 587, Requires SSL: yes, Requires authentication: yes.
  • Full name or display name: [il tuo nome]
  • Account Name or Username: your Gmail address (e.g. name@gmail.com).
  • Email address: your Gmail address (e.g. name@gmail.com).
  • Password: Gmail password.

POP3

  • Incoming mail server (POP3): pop.gmail.com, Port: 995, Requires SSL: yes.
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.gmail.com, Port: 465 or 587, Requires SSL: yes, Requires authentication: yes.
  • Full name or display name: [il tuo nome]
  • Account Name or Username: your Gmail address (e.g. name@gmail.com).
  • Email address: your Gmail address (e.g. name@gmail.com).
  • Password: Gmail password.

If you do not know how to start the procedure for adding a new e-mail account in your client, follow the instructions for all the most popular programs in the category listed below.

  • Microsoft Outlook – Go to the menu File > Impostazioni account > Nuovo and fill out the form that is proposed to you with the IMAP / POP3 / SMTP “coordinates” of Gmail.
  • Mozilla Thunderbird – Click the button Menu located at the top right, go to the menu Nuovo messaggio > Crea un nuovo account email and fill out the form that is proposed to you.
  • Apple Mail – Go to the menu Preferenze > Accountpresses the button + present in the window that opens and fill out the form that is proposed to you.

In case you encounter any problems or if you think you need more details, I suggest you take a look at the specific guides provided directly by the big G team for configuring Gmail via third-party clients. To read the guide on configuring via the IMAP protocol, do click herewhile to read the indications relating to the POP3 protocol you can do click here.

Note: In the event that two-step verification is active on your Google account, in order to read Gmail mail through a specific client, you may be asked to create a specific password for the client you intend to use. If you don’t know how to do this, you can help yourself by following the instructions I have provided you in my article on how to authenticate Google account.

Read Gmail mail from smartphones and tablets

As mentioned at the beginning of the guide, it is also possible to read Gmail mail from mobile. To do this, you can use the official app made available by Google itself or you can contact one of the many third-party applications. The choice is up to you, based on your preferences and needs. Below you will find explained how to proceed both in one case and in the other.

Gmail app

How to access Google

If you are interested in understanding how to read Gmail from your smartphone or tablet, I recommend that you use theofficial application of Gmail for Android And for iPhone / iPadwhich also activates push notifications on iOS (where they are not normally enabled for Google accounts).

To use it, download and install the app using the links to the Google Play Store and the App Store that I gave you a moment ago, then start Gmail by pressing the application icon that has been added to the main screen of the smartphone or tablet. you are using. At this point, if the Google account is already in use on your device, you will be shown a screen through which you will have to select the profile you want to use by bringing up ON the relative switch and then tapping on the button end located at the top left.

If, on the other hand, on your smartphone or tablet you are not already using a Google account, once the main screen of the Gmail app is displayed, fill in the fields displayed by putting your e-mail address and the password associated with it and confirm your willingness to want to access the service with such data by tapping on the appropriate button.

In both cases, you agree to receive notifications from the app by pressing the appropriate button that is shown on the screen and then presses on the item Go to Inbox present at the bottom left. Within moments, you should be able to view and manage all your correspondence right from the Gmail app on your device.

Other apps

How to set up Hotmail on iPhone

If Gmail doesn’t satisfy you and you are looking for an app capable of giving you that surplus you need, you can also use the application Gmail inbox always available for Android And for iOS which allows you to use e-mail as if it were a to-do list. Alternatively, you can install a third-party email client, as is the case with the excellent MailDroid for Android or Spark for iOS.

To be able to read Gmail mail using third-party apps on mobile devices, you must clearly worry about configuring the service using the settings of the application in use. In most cases, the configuration procedure takes place completely automatically so after pressing the option to add a Gmail-type account, just type the e-mail address, password and any code for authentication to two factors and it is immediately possible to start using the mailbox.

Sometimes, however, the automatic configuration is not sufficient or in any case it is not proposed and it is therefore necessary to enter “manually” all the necessary parameters and configure Gmail via IMAP / POP3. Contrary to appearances, this is not a complicated operation. In fact, all you have to do is enter the data I indicated in the previous lines, when I explained how to read Gmail from a computer, and that’s it.

For example, if you want to set up Gmail on iOS with the app Mail this “standard” you just need to go to the screen Settings (by pressing the gear icon on the home screen), first select the item Mail and then that Account from the menu that appears, tap on Add account and select the logo of Google in the new screen that appears. Then you have to fill in the form that is proposed to you by entering your Gmail address in the field E-mailthe login password of your account in the field Password and a name to describe the account (ex. Gmail) in the field Description.

After filling out the form, press the button Yup to authorize iOS to sync with your Google account and, on the next screen, choose which items to sync between the account and your iDevice between Mail, Contacts, Calendars, Memorandum And Note. Finally, tap on Save and that’s it.

Once the configuration procedure has been carried out correctly, you can start using your Gmail account simply by tapping on the icon of the mail app of your choice that you find on the screen of the device you are using in which all the other applications are also grouped .

Note: Even in the case of using Gmail on a mobile device, if two-step verification is active on your Google account, in order to use the Google home mail service, you may be asked to create a specific password for the client you intend to use. . If you don’t know how to do it, you can help yourself by following the instructions in my guide on the topic that I pointed out to you in the previous lines.