Enabling less secure apps to access Gmail

Gmail considers regular email programs and backup programs (i.e Hotter, Outlook, etc.) to be "less secure", so in order for them to get access into your account, your "Allow less secure apps" option must be turned on.

1. Turning on 'less secure apps' settings as mail domain Administrator

  1. Open your Google Admin console (admin.google.com).
  2. Click Security > Basic settings.
  3. Under Less secure apps, select Go to settings for less secure apps.
  4. In the subwindow, select the Enforce access to less secure apps for all users radio button.
    (You can also use the Allow users to manage their access to less secure apps, but don't forget to turn on the less secure apps option in users settings then!)
  5. Click the Save button.

2. Turning on 'less secure apps' settings as mailbox user

  1. Go to your (Google Account).
  2. On the left navigation panel, click Security.
  3. On the bottom of the page, in the Less secure app access panel, click Turn on access.
    If you don't see this setting, your administrator might have turned off less secure app account access (check the instruction above).
  4. Click the Save button.


Read more:

  1. Use IMAP to check Gmail on other email clients (original howto by Google)
  2. Sign in using App Passwords (original howto by Google)
  3. Getting app password for GMail/Gsuite

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