Gmail SMTP Settings – SMTP Server and Port Settings


Gmail SMTP Settings
Gmail SMTP server can be used to send emails from any of your favorite email client.You can send email using any email address, from any network that lets you connect to the Gmail SMTP server. All that has to be done is to configure the the third party application with the Gmail SMTP Server Settings.

The following are the Gmail SMTP Details for sending emails through Google’s Gmail server from any of your preferred email client program:

Default Gmail SMTP Settings

  • Under Outgoing mail, set Gmail SMTP address as smtp.gmail.com.
  • Configure Gmail SMTP user name: your full Gmail address (smtpsettings@gmail.com) Google Apps users may have to enter username@your_domain.com.
  • Configure Gmail SMTP password: Your Google password.
  • Gmail SMTP port (SSL): 465
  • Gmail SMTP port Number (TLS): 587
  • Configure Gmail SMTP TLS/SSL required as: yes.

If you tried configuring your SMTP server on port 465 (with SSL) and port 587 (with TLS), but are still having trouble sending emails, try configuring the SMTP server to use port number 25 (with SSL). But make sure SSL is active for SMTP in your email client. Also ensure “allow authentication” is active for the SMTP server in your email client.

Check out how to troubleshoot Gmail SMTP Server connection.

Before using your Gmail Account as your SMTP server, make sure that you have enabled POP3 in Gmail Settings

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or Gmail IMAP through settings in your Gmail Account.

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Gmail’s SMTP Server Settings

The above mentioned server settings for sending an email over Gmail are required only in a third party email client program for using Gmail. For example, if you want to use Gmail in Mozilla Thunderbird, you may manually enter the SMTP settings within Thunderbird’s program options.

Since Gmail is so popular, some email client programs might even provide these SMTP server details automatically while you’re setting up your account.

Gmail SMTP Limit for sending emails from a third party application via Gmail SMTP Server is around 100-150 emails per day. However the sending limit is 500 emails per fay via Google’s web interface.

Are you still unable to use Gmail’s SMTP Server?

Despite configuring the third party email client program with the Gmail SMTP Settings, if you find yourselves unable to use the Gmail SMTP host for sending emails, it could be that the third party app uses less secure technologies to log into your Gmail account and if that be the case, Google will automatically block these login requests and you will be receive a message warning you of the security of your email client program. When you experience this, you may have to enable access to your Gmail Account through less secure apps through this link. But make sure you understand the full implications of enabling such access.

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How to send emails using Gmail SMTP Settings in WordPress

WordPress uses php’s phpmailer to send emails. To use Gmail SMTP Settings for wordpress, add the following code to your wordpress theme’s function.php file.

add_action( 'phpmailer_init', 'gmail_smtp_settings_phpmailer' );
function gmail_smtp_settings_phpmailer( PHPMailer $phpmailer ) {
$phpmailer->Host = 'smtp.gmail.com'; //Gmail SMTP Host
$phpmailer->Port = 465; // could be different
$phpmailer->Username = 'YOURGOOGLEUSERNAME'; // if required
$phpmailer->Password = 'YOURGOOGLEPASSWORD'; // if required
$phpmailer->SMTPAuth = true; // if required
$phpmailer->SMTPSecure = 'ssl'; // enable if required, 'tls' is another possible value
$phpmailer->IsSMTP();
}

If you use TLS protocol, set the Gmail SMTP Port number as 587 instead of 465 which is the Gmail SMTP Port number used for SSL.

You can also check Hotmail SMTP and Yahoo SMTP settings to send mails via Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail respectively.

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  1. Yes we can use ports 465 or 587 , but what version of TLS is using Gmail?, i have a program something like bulk emailer, that works with Gmail but not with other clients.

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