Configure Google Apps Email Account on Apple Mail

Applies to:
 Users wishing to configure Mac Mail to receive email from their Google Apps email account.

Note that Mac Mail currently does not support direct syncing of Google calendar or contacts. Users may gain these features by installing Google's Mac Sync Tools (unsupported).


To configure Mac Mail (OS X 10.5+):

WARNING: If you are currently using a POP3 email settings in Mac Mail, removing the account may also delete all of your email. Please back up any email before adjusting your account settings.

  1. Click on the Mail icon to open Mac Mail.

  2. Click on the Mail menu and select Preferences. (If no accounts are currently set up in Mail, the email wizard will start automatically- skip to step 5.) 

  3. Make sure the Accounts button is selected and click the + (Create an Account) button on the lower left corner of the window.

  4. Type your Full Name, your complete Email Address, and the Password for your account, then click Continue.

  5. Enter the following information:
    • Account Type: IMAP
    • Description: Name of email account (example: Renouf Assoc Email)
    • Incoming Mail Server:
    • Username: Your Complete email address (example:
    • Password: Your email password
    • Click Continue when complete.

  6. Enter the following information:
    • Description: Name of Outgoing Server (example: Gmail SMTP Server)
    • Outgoing Mail Server:
    • Use only this server: Checked
    • Use Authentication: Checked
    • User Name: Your Complete Email Address
    • Password: Your email password
    • Click Continue when complete

  7. Verify your settings and check Take Account Online. Click Create.

  8. When complete, click the red "Close" button in the upper left corner of the window.
  9. Your account is now set up for use with Mac Mail.