How to set up an SMTP Gmail account to allow full Google authorization

Check the following settings while setting up a Gmail sender account via SMTP to avoid connectivity issues and allow full Google authorization: 

Setting 1: Turn Less secure app access On

Setting 2: Enable IMAP

Setting 3: Set up 2-Step Authentication 

Setting 4: Allow access to your Google account

Setting 1. Less secure app access On

In your Google account settings, turn the Less secure app access On. 

Note that this setting is not available for accounts with enabled 2-Step Verification: such accounts require an application-specific password for less secure apps access.

 Less secure app access On

Set up an SMTP account on our platform. In 5 minutes, the set-up should start working as normal.

Setting 2. Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings 

Enable IMAP in the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab of your Gmail settings.

Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings

Setting 3. Set up 2-Step Authentication

Two-step authentication adds another layer of security to your email account and prevents unauthorized access to it. Besides, it will help avoid any blocking of our connection attempts by Gmail. 

In your Google Account, in the left navigation panel click Security

Set up Gmail SMTP with 2-Step Verification

On the Signing in to Google panel, click on 2-Step Verification. Select Get started.

Set up Gmail SMTP with 2-Step Verification

Follow the steps on the screen. In the Signing in to Google window, add an App password.

Set up Gmail SMTP with 2-Step Verification

Select Other (Custom name), insert Snov.io and generate the app password. 

 Set up 2-Step Authentication

Save the generated app password – you will need it while setting up SMTP account.

Set up Gmail SMTP with 2-Step Verification

You’ve set up 2-Step Verification! You can also read how to set up two-step verification in more detail. 

Now, add the email account to our platform as SMTP. Use the generated app password instead of the password of your account for SMTP credentials.

Set up Gmail SMTP with 2-Step Verification

Send a test email to check the connection. Success!

Setting 4. Allow access to your Google account

To allow access, click the Continue button.

Allow access to your Google account

Contact us if you have any questions, issues, or none of the above solutions worked in your case. We’re happy to help! 

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