IMAP/SMTP password in Gmail

If you use 2-Step-Verification and are seeing a “connection error” error when trying to test the Gmail connection in Hotter email account settings, an App password may solve the problem. You’ll only have to enter an App password once, so don’t worry about memorizing it.

Follow these steps ONLY if you have 2-Step-Verification ENABLED

  1. Go to the Google account.
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Security.
  3. On the "Signing in to Google" panel, click App passwords. If prompted, enter your password.
    Note: If you can't get to the page, 2-Step Verification is:
    1. Not set up for your account
    2. Set up for security keys only
  4. Make sure Mail or Other (custom name) is selected in the Select app drop-down menu. If you selected Mail, choose a computer or device from the Select device menu. If you selected Other (custom name), type the application name (like "Hotter").
  5. Click Generate.
  6. Use the generated password which is being displayed BOTH IN IMAP and SMTP section in your email account settings in Hotter.


Read more:

  1. Enabling less-secure-apps setting in Gmail
  2. Use IMAP to check Gmail on other email clients (original howto by Google)
  3. Sign in using App Passwords (original howto by Google)

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