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2013/03/11

Configuring Mac Mail for Google apps

March 11, 2013 Posted by Antanas Domarkas , , No comments
Warning: with setup described below we are going against google philosophy of "Never delete your email again". If I delete email, I DO want it to be deleted.

Ok, so after this scary message let's get started. First things first. Add your google account to Mail application

Server configuration

  • Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server - Requires SSL
    • imap.gmail.com
    • Port: 993
    • Requires SSL:Yes
  • Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - Requires TLS 
    • smtp.gmail.com 
    • Port: 465 or 587 
    • Requires SSL: Yes 
    • Requires authentication: Yes 
    • Use same settings as incoming mail server 
  • Full Name or Display Name: [your name] 
  • Account Name or User Name: your full Gmail address (username@gmail.com). Google Apps users, please enter username@your_domain.com 
  • Email address: your full Gmail address (username@gmail.com) Google Apps users, please enter username@your_domain.com 
  • Password: your Gmail password
Link to google answer

Mail configuration

After adding your account open Mail Account settings, select added account and choose Mailbox Behaviors. Make sure your configuration resembles this


P.S. for Mountain Lion users setup stays the same, the only difference you won't have Notes option.

Settings for deleting

Open Settings inside you GMail account and select Forwarding and POP/IMAP. In there, set Auto-Expunge to OFF and Move the message to the Trash.


Don't forget to press Save changes

Setting up labels for IMAP

Tip: if, during configuration process, your label setup fails to update: create dummy label in gmail label management window (you can choose any name), synchronize Mail client and delete dummy label through gmail label management once everything is working.