Updated February 18, 2012
Sometimes you want to (or need to) set up the Gmail Outlook connection manually. Sometimes Outlook just can’t make the connection on its own. And sometimes you want to use a POP3 connection instead of the IMAP connection Outlook uses with its automatic setup procedure.
In plain English, you may need to make a manual connection sometimes, and this page teaches you what to do to configure Outlook for Gmail and Gmail for Outlook. Perhaps you want to create a POP3 connection rather than the IMAP one Outlook provides. If you simply want to copy mail out of your Gmail Inbox into Outlook, instead of synchronizing the information between your Gmail account and your Outlook Inbox, a POP3 connection could be exactly what you are looking for.
Four Things Needed for Gmail Outlook Manual Connections
Assuming you want to set up the Gmail Outlook connection manually, you need to do four things:
- Decide whether you will use POP3 or IMAP for access
- Get a Gmail Account if you don’t already have one. This link opens a new window. When you are done creating your Gmail account, close that window to return here & continue setting up your Gmail Outlook connection.
- Configure Gmail POP3 or Gmail IMAP access
- Configure Outlook 2010 POP3 or Outlook 2010 IMAP access
And that should do it.
Your manual Gmail Outlook connection should now be up and running.
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