How to Configure GMAIL for POP or IMAP Using Outlook 2010

Recently we covered how to connect Outlook 2010 to Gmail using IMAP, but I forgot to mention that the settings in GMAIL determine what type of connection Outlook 2010 uses (IMAP or POP.)  So with that in mind, I figured I would review real quickly how you would go about setting up your GMAIL account to use either POP or IMAP.

FYI – For those of you who are not sure what the difference is between IMAP and POP, take a read here where I briefly explain IMAP Vs. POP.

How To Automatically Determine What Type Of Connection Outlook 2010 Will Use When Connecting to Gmail

Open up your Gmail account.  Then Click Settings and visit the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.


Here is where we adjust the different settings to determine which connection Outlook 2010 will automatically use.  Note that by default Outlook will connect to IMAP, so if both IMAP and POP are enabled IMAP takes priority.

Option 1: Use a POP connection.  To make Outlook 2010 connect to Gmail using a POP connection, simply Check Enable POP (either one works) and then Check Disable IMAP.  Once you’ve got that, Save Changes.

Connect Gmail to Outlook 2010 using POP

Option 2: Use a IMAP connection.  To make Outlook 2010 connect to Gmail using an IMAP connection, simply Check Disable POP and then Check Enable IMAP.  Once you’ve got that, Save Changes.

Connect Gmail to Outlook 2010 Using IMAP

Once you’ve adjusted the settings in Gmail, Follow this Groovy Tutorial to finish connecting using the connection you’ve chosen above.  Outlook should automatically detect which connection is enabled, and your account will be set up using it.

Outlook 2010 Automatically Detects Conection and Connects With Settings



  1. Caroline Langley

    To Configure Gmail account is simple with auto configure technique for Microsoft Outlook 2007 and Outlook 2010. But before doing you have to setup your Gmail account to enable you to download mail as POP or to map emails and folders using IMAP.

  2. Jeffery Giuliani

    I want to move back to my 2010 version. I keep getting “cannot setup on encrypted server” when trying to configure for Imap. If I try and setup manually, it will not accept my password. I have verified the password works and can log in manually without issue. I have tried this setup on 2 different machines. I checked gmail and made sure imap and pop are turned on. I tried the process with each turned off alternately. Nothing will allow my 2010 version to install.

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