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How to Configure Your Windows 8 Phone to Get Your Google Mail

Posted by robkraft on December 17, 2012

I have several e-mail accounts hosted by Google, which is fortunate because it helped me solve this problem.  I had set up my organization’s email account, hosted on Google, using the settings I used in my Windows 7 phone.  Those settings looked like this, but did not work on my Windows 8 phone:

  • User Name:
  • Server:
  • SSL: Checked (Yes)

But to get that to work on my Windows 8 Phone I had to switch the account to the IMAP settings.  To do this, delete your account settings on your Windows 8 Phone because you need to set them up in a way that allows you to choose IMAP4.  Create a new account with these settings:

  • Account Name: really doesn’t matter
  • Email address:
  • Incoming email server:
  • User Name:
  • Outgoing (SMTP) email server:
  • Outgoing server requires authentication: Checked (Yes)
  • Use the same user name and password for sending email: Checked (Yes)
  • Advanced settings:
  • Require SSL for incoming email: Checked (Yes)
  • Require SSL for outgoing email: Checked (Yes)

When you do this on your phone:

  • Pick “add an account”
  • Pick “other account (POP and IMAP)”
  • Enter the Email address and Password and click Sign In.  It will fail.
  • Click “try again”.  It will fail again, but then you will get an “advanced” button where you can enter the information above.
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7 Responses to “How to Configure Your Windows 8 Phone to Get Your Google Mail”

  1. When i click on advanced, it shows 2 options- Exchange Activesync & Internet email…. Both of these shows a msg. that the account is already running in your phone when i click on either…. Plz help me

    • robkraft said

      I think the choice between Exchange ActiveSync and Internet Email is new since I wrote this post, but for Google/gmail accounts you would definitely choose “Internet Email”. When I try this, I get the list of settings to populate. Have you tried rebooting your phone then trying it all again?

  2. Minerva Jomenez said 465:1 my emails just don’t goes, it keeps in the trash without going anywhere…help…

  3. donomyte said

    thanks, works fine now

  4. mayuri soni said

    Icant connect google or gmail account in my phone. I have nokia Lumia 625..

  5. Atif Ibrahim said

    my window nokia lumia 520 company apps issud not a sign in requerd domain & server plz help me i am fst usrs lumia window phone

  6. Robbie Joshua Chiphaliwali said

    I need to have access to the above email box it’s my main mail add

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