How to Add a Gmail Account to Outlook 2013 for Windows

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Saying that Gmail is popular would be an understatement, to say the least. Yet getting Gmail to work with the most widely used email client for Windows, Outlook 2013, is a bit tricky.

Since Gmail and Outlook don’t like to play nice with one another, a tutorial on how to add a Gmail account to Outlook 2013 is most definitely in order. The process isn’t hard at all, but thanks to the multiple steps required it’s also easy to get it not working quite right, either.

Here’s how to add a Gmail account to Outlook 2013 for Windows.

Note: While this will add your Gmail account to Outlook 2013, this process does not sync your Google contacts. That’s an entirely different issue that requires its own tutorial.

Part 1: Gmail

Before even opening Outlook, you need to adjust a setting in Gmail. Log in to your Gmail account and click on the gear icon in the upper right corner, then click on Settings.

Gmail gear drop-down menu with Settings highlighted

Next, click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and make sure that under the IMAP Access section Enable IMAP is selected. Click Save Changes to continue.

Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab on Gmail Settings screen

You’re all done with Gmail. Next up is Outlook.

Part 2: Outlook 2013

First, open Outlook 2013 and click the File tab directly to the left of the Home tab. Here, click the Add Account button at the top.

Outlook 2013 Account Information screen

This will bring up the Add Account window. On this screen, select Manual setup or additional server types at the very bottom and then click Next.

Outlook 2013 Add Account window

Next, select POP or IMAP and click Next to continue.

Choosing service on Outlook 2013 Add Account window

Enter your name and Gmail address. Then fill in the remaining items as follows:

  • Account Type: IMAP
  • Incoming mail server: imap.gmail.com
  • Outgoing mail server (SMTP): smtp.gmail.com
  • Logon Information: Your Gmail address and password

POP and IMAP account settings on Outlook 2013 Change Account window

With these settings entered, click on More Settings.

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In the More Settings window, click on the Outgoing Server tab and check the box next to My outgoing server (SMTP)… and select Log on using.

Here, enter your full Gmail address and password, then check the box next to Require Secure Password Authentication (SPA). See the screenshot below.

Outgoing Server tab on Outlook 2013 Internet E-mail Settings window

Next, click on the Advanced tab and enter the following information:

  • Incoming server (IMAP): 993
  • Incoming server encrypted connection: SSL
  • Outgoing server (SMTP): 587 or 465 (First enter 587, and if the send test fails, try the second number.)
  • Outgoing server encrypted connection: TLS

Advanced tab on Outlook 2013 Internet E-mail Settings window

Click OK to exit out of More Settings, and then click Next to test your connection.

Outlook will test the login to the mail server and attempt to send a test message. If this fails, check your settings again and change the outgoing server port as listed above. If it’s successful you should see the window below. Click Close and you’re all set to start sending and receiving email with your Gmail account inside Outlook 2013.

Test Account Settings window in Outlook 2013

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