Get Your Gmail in Outlook Express

Important Note: If you are still using Outlook Express, I urge you to migrate to another safer email program. There are several email programs that are free and will not cause as many problems as Outlook Express.  A popular replacement for Outlook Express is Thunderbird.

Since so many folks are getting and using Google's free email called Gmail, there is now a way to receive and send emails in Gmail using Outlook Express. Gmail provides the information on their web site, but it is a little hard to find. So here is the way to set up Outlook Express for receiving and sending Gmail.

Please note: These settings are for Outlook Express. Other email programs may be slightly different.

Instructions for setting up OE to access your Gmail account: Log onto the Gmail Web site and click Settings in the top navigation bar.

Click the tab marked Forwarding and POP

Check Enable POP for all mail or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on.

Click Save Changes

In Outlook Express, click the Tools menu and select Accounts

Click Add | Mail ...

Type your name and click Next

Enter your Gmail address and click Next

Under "My incoming mail server is a [dropdown box] server, select POP

Under "Incoming mail server," type

Under "Outgoing mail (SMTP) server," type and click Next

Under "Account name," type your Gmail address (

Under "Password," type your Gmail password and click Next

Click Finish.

Now configure the new account:

Highlight the account name and click Properties

Click the Servers tab

Under "Outgoing Mail Server," ensure that the following is checked: My server requires authentication

Click the Advanced tab

Ensure the following is checked under both "Outgoing Mail (SMTP)" and "Incoming Mail (POP3): This server requires a secure connection

Under "Outgoing Server (SMTP)" type 465

Under "Incoming Server (POP3)" type 995
Click Apply, click OK and close.

Don't have a Gmail Account? Get one by going to Gmail's site!