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Continuing our "How to" series on configuring Windows Mail for different e-mail providers, today we are going to show you, step by step, how to configure Windows Mail to connect to your Gmail account. As you might now, Gmail offers free POP3 support for all accounts. However, in order to use it, you might need to activate it from the Gmail web interface.
How to activate POP3 in Gmail
Before starting, please check if POP3 is activated for your Gmail account. To check, login to your account and go to Settings -> Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
Now activate your POP3 service by selecting one of these two options: Enable POP for all mail, or Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on.
How to configure Windows Mail
First, start Windows Mail. Go to the Tools menu and then click on the Accounts button as shown in the picture below.
Then, click on the Add button.
Select the E-mail Account option and click on Next.
Next you can choose the display name that will be shown in every outgoing e-mail message. Type it and go to the next window.
Now, you will be asked for your e-mail address. Type it and click on Next.
In the next window you have to setup the e-mail servers. From the Incoming e-mail server drop-down list, select POP3. Then, enter the Incoming & Outgoing server names as shown in the picture below and check the Outgoing server requires authentication option. When you are done, click on Next.
In the Internet Mail Logon window you have to enter your e-mail address and password. Also, for your ease-of-use, check the Remember password option and then click on Next.
You are now almost done. Check the Do not download my e-mail at this time option as you will have to make some other minor adjustments. Then, click on the Finish button.
The Internet Accounts window should be opened. Select your Gmail account and click on Properties.
Go to the Advanced tab and type 465 as the port for the SMTP server and 995 for the POP3 server. Also, please note that you have to check the option that says "This server requires a secure connection (SSL)" for both POP3 and SMTP.
If you want your messages to be left on the Gmail servers as backup, then don't forget to check the option that says Leave a copy of messages on server. If you do not check it, when a message is downloaded it is automatically removed from the Gmail servers. When finished, click on OK.
Windows Mail is now configured to access your Gmail account and download your messages. Press the Send/Receive button and the download will start.