How to Allow Less Secure Apps in Gmail

If any app or website does not meet Google’s security standards, Google might block anyone trying to sign in from it. I know it can be unpleasant sometimes, but it is necessary to make sure your accounts are safe from hackers trying to get into your accounts.

Therefore, Google does not allow sign-ins from these apps that Google has listed as less secure to keep your account safe. It is important to know that Gmail also considers regular email programs such as Outlook to be “less secure,” so for them to get access into your account, you are required to turn on the “Allow less secure apps” option.

If you are here to learn about how you can do that, give this article a read.

Enable Less Secure Apps to Access Your Gmail

If you are getting incorrect password errors or trying to set up Gmail in your email program, you need to follow these steps to enable less secure apps to access Gmail and configure Gmail to work with any email program with POP or IMAP. Here is what you need to do:

1. First things first, log in to your Gmail account 

1. click on your initials from the top right corner of your Gmail 

2. Now, a new window will appear in front of you

3. From that window, you need to choose the Manage your Google Account option 

4. Next, you need to navigate to click on the Security category

5. Under the Less secure app access option, you need to follow the Turn on access link

6. Finally, Turn ON Allow less secure apps

Now, you can easily set up Gmail in most email programs with POP or IMAP settings. However, to do so, make sure the following things are checked:

    • Enabled POP or IMAP access in Gmail,
    • Disabled 2-step authentication
    • Gmail POP3 or IMAP settings are used correctly

Allow Less Secure Apps // as Mail Domain Administrator

One way of enabling less secure apps to access your Gmail is turning on ‘less secure apps’ settings as mail domain Administrator. To do so, here are a few steps you need to follow. 

1. First, open the Google Admin console by typing admin.google.com on your search engine

1. Go to Security and click on Basic Settings

2. Here you will see a Less secure apps option

3. Under that option, you need to click on Go to settings for less secure apps

4. A sub window will appear in front of you

5. In that window, you need to choose the Enforce access to less secure apps for all users option

6. Finally, click on the Save button

Turn on Less Secure Apps // as Mailbox User

Another method you can try is turning on less secure apps settings as Mailbox User. Here is how you can do it:

1. Navigate to your Google Account

2. Now, you need to click on Security from the left navigation panel

3. Next, you will see a Less secure app access panel on the bottom of the page. 

4. You need to click on Turn on access to enable less secure apps to access

5. Finally, click on the Save button

Last Words

All of the above methods can be used to allow less secure apps to access your Gmail. However, it is important to note that it is best to enable less secure apps only when there is no other option available.

Moreover, you can look for other alternatives. If you do not find any suitable alternative, then it is recommended to allow less secure apps to access your Gmail for your account’s security

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