Wednesday, November 07, 2007

How-To: Windows Live Mail & Gmail

There won't be as many pictures in this guide as in my previous one, but if you follow the instructions in this guide as closely as possible, you'll be on your way to enjoying your email from Google Mail in Windows Live Mail soon. :)

First thing right from the begining, you'll notice that the typical "Menu Bar", you know the one with File, Edit, View, Tools, Ations, and Help is missing. In order to allow us to EASILY add gmail over to Windows Live Mail, you'll have to rectify this. Click the Show Menu button, the button next to the Paint Brush, and the question mark on the right hand side of the client, and choose Show Menu. Ugly isn't it? Don't worry, you can set it right back once your done importing the email accounts.

Next thing to do, is to go to Tools in the newly revealed menu bar, and go to Accounts. You'll be presented with a new dialog box labeled Accounts. On the right hand side, choose Add, and then you'll be presented with an Add An Account box. Highlight email account, because that's the one you'll be wanting to import obviously, and choose Next.

In the Add an E-mail Account, where it shoes "E-mail address", type your gmail addy in there. Followed by your password, check remember password if you want. Next put your Display Name into last box. This part is important though, be sure to check Manually configure server settings for e-mail account, then click next.

Incoming Server Information----------------------------------------------

Ah there it is, slightly different, but still quite the same. The next part is where all the fun (sarcasm) settings go. We'll go ahead and go through it step by step.

"My incoming mail server is a (POP3) server." - Gmail uses POP3 forwarding in order to send your mail over to any mail client, so be sure to check POP3, not http.

"Incoming Server (pop.gmail.com)" - Pretty straightforward right? If you've configured any POP3 email address in the past, or followed the previous guide for Outlook 2007, you'll remember some of the settings from before, most email servers use a similar address with little variations, for example Comcast uses pop3.comcast.net. Leave the Port option alone, WLM will automatically set it to the correct setting when we check the next option

"Add a Checkmark to This Server requires a secure connection (SSL)" - You'll notice as I said above, that the port will automatically correct itself to 995 once you check this box.

"Log on using: Clear Text Authentication" - You'll want to choose Secure password authentication option from this select box, as Gmail requires this setting in order for your logon credentials to go through.

"Login ID (if different from e-mail address)" - normally it should say your username, but you'll need to change this so it reads Myusername@gmail.com.

Outgoing Server Information----------------------------------------------

"Outgoing server smtp.gmail.com" - Set this to smtp.gmail.com, and change the port to 465.

"Leave Checked This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" As above, leave this checked, or check it if it isn't already.

 

If there are any problems with these settings, please leave a comment and I'll investigate it and fix it. I was able to retrieve my email with these settings and you should also be able to aswell. Be sure to allow POP3 in your gmail settings before attempting to send/recieve your email.

Additional Links and Resources

Printable Copy - You'll need Microsoft Wordpad (Included with Windows) in order to view and print this. Hosted by Mediafire, as I don't have another HTTP mirror.

19 comments:

Kingsley said...

Hi, thanks for showing how to add gmail to WLM. I still had some problems after, tried and followed everything you said exactly 3 times, and it still showed this: (Below) Can you have a look? I'm really stuck on this.
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Unable to send or receive messages for the Gmail (kingsleydennis) account. Windows Live Mail couldn't log on to the e-mail server using secure password authentication. Contact your e-mail provider and verify that it supports secure password authentication. To change this logon setting, in the folder list, right-click on the account name, and then click Properties on the shortcut menu. In the Properties dialog, click the Servers tab, and then under Incoming Mail Server, select a logon option.

Server Error: 0x800CCC90
Server Response: -ERR not supported d24pf6567502nfh.0
Server: 'pop.gmail.com'
Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800CCC18
Protocol: POP3
Port: 995
Secure(SSL): Yes

John-Hiroshi said...

Yes, try disabling SSL.

Kingsley said...

Hi thanks for your reply. I tried disabling the SSL, the problem still persisted, so i tried playing around with the other settings. Turns out, when i changed the 'log on using secure password authentication' to 'log on using clear test authentication' it worked like charm! Is it supposed to be that way? Hmmm. Thanks anyways for your advice. I really appreciate it.

John-Hiroshi said...

Not sure, I didn't test it as much as I should have before posting the guide. lol :/

grechattard said...

i cannot SEND gmail by using windows live mail. I can receive gmail no problem. I keep getting this report:
The connection to the server has failed.

Subject ''
Server: 'smtp.gmail.com'
Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800CCC0E
Protocol: SMTP
Port: 465
Secure(SSL): Yes
Socket Error: 10060

I have tried all u wrote here and even tried changing settings to no avail. i cannot seem to report this problem to google either. Can anyone please help? Thank you.

John-Hiroshi said...
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John-Hiroshi said...

Grechattard, First thing, want to run this by you, but did you enable POP3 in your Gmail settings?

grechattard said...

yes i did. Alllas u said as well. Still not able to SEND mail.

Anonymous said...

I have had the same problem as grechattard, but i am using yahoo mail. i am receiving emails no problem and have been over and over it but no joy. this is by far the most helpful site i've found so i'm really hoping someone has a solution to this!!
rachael

John-Hiroshi said...

One question I forgot to ask, and I can't believe I let it slip my mind, but did you guys enable POP forwarding in Gmail?

Anonymous said...

yes, i did enable pop forwarding. and i'm receiving emails no problem, it's sending that's the problem. this morning when i opened windows live mail i got this warning pop up, coudl it have anything to do with our problem??:

The server you are connected to is using a security certificate that could not be verified.

The certificate's CN name does not match the passed value.

Do you want to continue using this server?

rachael

John-Hiroshi said...

ok, going to run a few things by you then..

Is 465 set as the outgoing port for smtp.gmail.com?

Also is SSL enabled for your outgoing connection?

Anonymous said...

hello again, thanks.,. yes and yes. i'm mystified and just can't think what to try next!!
rachael :)

John-Hiroshi said...

Alrighty so let's try some fuzzy logic, untick SSL for outgoing, and try and send a test email. :)

Anonymous said...

tried that, still no joy! i've tried all sorts of variations like this and i'm thinking i might just give up and stick with checking my emails online. would be awesome if i could get this working though!!!
rachael :)

John-Hiroshi said...

Well, before you completely give up, give Thunderbird a shot, and see if it gives you the same trouble. You can find it http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/thunderbird/ < there.

Anonymous said...

thank you very much, i'll check it out. i'll also let you know if i do find a solution!
rachael :)

John-Hiroshi said...

Alrighty, good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hello again!
I downloaded Thunderbird and i'm still having the same problem so i have reached the conclusion that Yahoo is the problem... never mind!
Thank you for your help!
Rachael :)