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Configure Google Mail in Apple Mail

For the latest version of Apple Mail in OS X 10.11, follow these instructions. Instructions for older versions can be found below.

  1. Open Apple Mail.
  2. Select Mail in the upper left.
  3. Select Accounts > Google.
  4. Enter your Google Mail address (NetID@umass.edu) and click Next.
  5. Sign in with your NetID and password.
  6. Select the apps you would like to use with the account. At minimum, Mail should be selected. 
  7. Click Done.
  8. Close the Account screen. If configured correctly, mail should start populating the Inbox

For Apple Mail in OS X 10.9, follow these instructions. For other older versions, there may be some variation, but the information below should serve as a guide to get you started. To identify the version of your software, look for the About link in the software's main menu or Help menu.

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  1. First, follow the steps to enable IMAP access, turn on 2-step verification, and get an application-specific password.
    Configure Google Mail for Email Software & Mobile Devices
  2. Open Apple Mail. The Welcome to Mail window will open.
    Note: If you have configured Apple Mail on this computer before, you need to add another account to access your Google Apps Account. Go to Mail > Add Account. After the Choose a mail account to add screen opens, select Add Other Mail Account and press Continue.
  3. In the mail Add Account window:
    • In the Full Name: field, enter your name.
      Note: This will appear in the From field of your outgoing messages.
    • In the Email address field, enter your Google Apps Mail address
      (e.g., NetID@umass.edu).
    • In the Password field, enter your Application Specific Password generated by Google.
    • Click Continue. You will be told that the Account must be manually configured. Press Next. The Incoming Mail Server window will open.
  4. In the Incoming Mail Server window:
    • Next to Account Type, select IMAP.
    • In the Mail Server field, enter imap.googlemail.com
    • In the Username field, enter your Google Mail address
      (e.g., NetID@umass.edu). Your NetID might already be filled in, but make sure you add @umass.edu.
    • In the Password field, enter your Application Specific Password generated by Google. This might already be filled in.
    • Click Next. Mail will tell you that Additional account information is required. Press Next again.
    • Leave the Path Prefix field blank. Make sure that next to the Port Field, Use SSL is selected and the port number is 993. In the Authentication field, select Password from the drop down menu.
    • Press Next. The Outgoing Mail Server window will open.
  5. In the Outgoing Mail Server window:
    • In the Outgoing Mail Server field, enter smtp.googlemail.com.
    • In the username field, enter your Google Mail address, followed by @umass.edu.
      (e.g., NetID@umass.edu). 
    • In the Password field, enter your Application Specific Password generated by Google. 
    • Click Create. Mail will tell you that additional account information is required. Press Next.
    • Make sure that next to the Port Field, Use SSL is selected and the port number is 587. In the Authentication field, select Password from the drop down menu. 
    • Click Create again. 
  6. Your Google Mail should now be successfully configured and you should see your messages in your Inbox. If prompted for a password to connect to the mail server, enter your Application Specific Password and click OK.