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Configure Gmail IMAP Settings for Outlook 2016

There are two different methods in which you can have the Gmail IMAP settings for Outlook 2016.

Automatic Method:

  • Open Outlook 2016.
  • Click the Info option on the left and select Account settings.
  • Click the New button.
  • Select the Microsoft Exchange, POP3, IMAP, or HTTP option. Click the Next button.
  • Enter the following information:
  • Your Name: Enter a Name
  • Email address: The Gmail Email address
  • Password: The Gmail password
  • Retype Password: Re-enter the Gmail password for verification.
  • Click the Next button.
  • Outlook will automatically configure the settings.
  • Click Finish to close. 

Manual Method:

  • Open the default browser, enter the Gmail URL in the address bar, and press the Enter button.
  • The Gmail page will open. Enter the login credentials to gain access to your account.
  • Once you have entered in to your Gmail account, click the Settings (gear) icon located at the top right corner of the screen.
  • The Gmail settings page will open. Click the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.
  • In the IMAP Access section, click the Enable IMAP radio button.
  • Click the Save Changes button.
  • The initial configuration is now complete in Gmail IMAP settings for Outlook 2016
Gmail Imap Settings for Outlook 2016

Now, you will have to proceed with the final steps of configuration to link Outlook 2016 to Gmail.

  • Open the Microsoft Outlook application.
  • Click the File tab in the menu bar and select the Account Settings option.
  • Click the New option in the Accounts Setting dialog box, select the Email account option.
  • In the Email Account setup, click the Manual Setup at the bottom of the page and click the Next button.
  • Select the POP or IMAP option. 
  • Now, you will have to add the following information to complete the procedure. 


  • Enter your Gmail Username in the required field.
  • Enter your Gmail Email Address in the required field. 


Choose IMAP from the drop-down list. 

  • Incoming mail server:
  • Outgoing mail server:
  • User name: Your Gmail address
  • Password: Your Gmail password 

Now, click on the More Settings button at the bottom of the page and click the Outgoing server tab.

  • Click the checkbox for the option My outgoing server (SMTP) requires authentication.
  • Click the Advanced tab and enter the following information. 


  • Incoming server - 993, Encrypted connection - SSL
  • Outgoing server - 465, Encrypted connection - SSL 
  • Click the checkbox for the Sent Items and Deleted items option, click the OK button.
  • Now the Microsoft Outlook will run the test connection and it will take a couple of minutes to confirm.
  • Once done, you will now have linked Outlook 2016 to your Gmail account. And successfully configured Gmail IMAP settings for Outlook 2016.