How To Configure/Setup Outlook 2010 For Gmail? Using IMAP Manually [Proven Method]

Last Updated on December 24, 2022 by Amit Bansal

How do I configure Outlook 2010 (for Office 365) to synchronize my Gmail account?

Most email clients today come preloaded with a variety of features such as calendars, contacts, tasks, notes, etc.

But what about synchronizing emails between two or more accounts? Can you configure outlook to automatically synchronize with other accounts? How does it work?

If you want to set up Outlook to sync with your Google calendar or another Microsoft service, then read on for step-by-step instructions.

Gmail holds the topmost position among users as an email provider, most are turning Outlook 2010 and Gmail (or other Outlook versions) together to get better outcomes but frankly speaking, syncing Gmail with Outlook 2010 is not easy until you don’t know the steps.

I personally try to set up Gmail in outlook 2010, it’s multiple steps process.

In this article, you will learn step by step process of “setup Gmail in Outlook 2010

How to configure Gmail in Outlook 2010 step by step?

Office 365 is the latest version, it doesn’t need any adjustments, simply enter your credential and everything is set, as far as Outlook 2010 is concerned, it required three steps method, which you will learn to set up Microsoft Outlook 2010 for the first time.

Stage One

Before stepping forward you must Enable IMAP in Gmail to allow Gmail to stop resisting while adding an account in Outlook 2010.

Open the Gmail account for which you like to add an account in Outlook and go to setting (gear icon) setting gear icon from the top right corner of the screen.

Click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab and Click the radio button “Enable IMAP“. Click Save Changes.

enable imap

Stage Two

  • Open Microsoft Outlook 2010 >> Click File Tab from the left-hand corner.
  • Click on Account Settings >> Account setting
outlook 2010 and gmail
  • Account setting dialog box appears >> Click on New
Account setting new 2010
  • Auto account setup dialog box required inputs, (like Email Address, Name & Password twice). Fill up the details and click Next.
unable to configure gmail in outlook 2010
  • Outlook will configure the email server settings, it will take a few minutes, and if the configuration goes correct, you will get confirmation from outlook.
test account setting completed

Configure Manually Settings

In most cases, the setup is unable to configure Gmail in outlook 2010, the above instructions don’t work, then we’ll need to manually configure the settings.

  • Once again open the “Add new account” dialog box and select “Manually configure server setting or additional server type“. Click Next
Configure Manually Settings
  • From the next dialog box, select the first option “Internet Email“, and click Next
internet email
  • Now it’s time to feed the inputs manually in our settings like the following.
  1. Your Name
  2. E-Mail Address
  3. Account Type: – Select IMAP from the list and ignore POP.
  4. Incoming mail server: Enter “” in lowercase
  5. Outgoing mail server (SMTP): Enter “” in lowercase
  6. Username: Automatic Appears
  7. Password: Enter your email account password.

Note: If you live outside of the US you might need to use and

  • Click on the more setting button.
  • Internet E-mail Settings dialog box pops up, select the Outgoing Server tab, and check the box “My outgoing server (SMTP) that requires authentication”.
outgoing server tab
  • Next Click Advance Tab, and you must make some server port adjustments manually.
  1. Incoming server: 993
  2. Incoming server encrypted connection: SSL
  3. Outgoing server encrypted connection TLS
  4. Outgoing server: 587
Incoming server
  • Finally, Click on the test account setting.
test account setting

Outlook clear and test the credentials you entered, once it is completed you will get both the checkmark completed and you are ready to mount, in case something is wrong (majorly password), the system asks you to correct it.

In many cases everything works, but:

Sometimes, you still get the wrong conditional repeatedly, even if you have crossed checked everything is OK. Here comes Stage three.

Stage Three

Stage three setting is especially important, in most cases, users are unable to configure Gmail in outlook 2010, here comes the steps:

  • Enter Less secure app access in the google search, it will open certain results, click the first option, or copy-paste the “URL:” into the address bar.
less secure apps access
  • You are forwarded to the Less secure app access page, make sure you are login to the same Gmail account you like to add in Outlook 2010.
  • Slide to turn on “Allow less secure app“.
allow less secure apps
  • Once you turn ON, click test account settings from Outlook to retest the setting, and you will both the task complete and secure.
test account setting completed
  • You’ll get a final congratulations message you can close. You can enjoy the services in Outlook 2010 now.
How To Configure Outlook 2010 For Gmail


Most users feel frustrated while adding an account in Outlook 2010 due to errors and ignore Outlook every time, The above three-step process surely adds your Google Email Account to Outlook 2010.

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Amit Bansal

Hello, my name is Amit Kumar Bansal, and I am the founder of Through this blog, I focus on Microsoft Outlook, offering insightful and informative content. Additionally, I produce educational videos on YouTube to further enhance the understanding of my audience. visit my YouTube Channel

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4 thoughts on “How To Configure/Setup Outlook 2010 For Gmail? Using IMAP Manually [Proven Method]”

  1. Your instructions were helpful. No other site mentioned your step 3 about allowing less secure app. Also the 2-step verification needs to be turned off in Gmail account


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