If you use a Gmail email address as your primary method to receive email messages, then you would probably like to be able to use it on your phone.
being able to read and write emails from your smartphones can come in very handy, and the iPhone and Gmail work very well together.
Our tutorial below will show you steps to add Gmail account to iPhone so that you can start taking advantage of the integration benefits that you get from completing that setup.
How to Set Up Gmail on an iPhone
- Open Settings.
- Choose Mail.
- Select Accounts.
- Tap Add Account.
- Choose Gmail.
- Enter your account credentials, then tap Next.
- Choose your options, then tap Save.
Our guide continues below with additional information on how to add Gmail account to iPhone, including pictures of these steps.
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Google’s Gmail email service is one of their most popular products, and it is one of the best free email providers available.
So if you are using a Gmail address for your email and you have an iPhone 5, then you probably want to set up the account on the device so that you can read and send messages.
Our tutorial below will walk you through the process of adding your Gmail account to your iPhone.
These instructions were written on an iPhone that is using the iOS 7 operating system. The screens may look a little different if you have not yet updated to iOS 7. You can learn how to update to iOS 7 here.
If you would also like to use your Google calendar on your iPhone but don’t want to use the Apple Caledmars app,m then our Google Calendar on iPhone guide can show you an alternative.
How to Add Gmail to iPhone (Guide with Pictures)
The steps in this section were performed on an iPhone 13 in the iOS 15.6 operating system.
These steps have been pretty similar for many versions of iOS and many iPhone models, but this is the current process for adding a Gmail account.
These steps will show you how to connect your Gmail account to your iPhone so that you can send and receive emails in the Mail app.
Step 1: Open the Settings app.
Tap the Settings icon on your Home screen.
You can swipe down on the Home screen and search for “settings” if you don’t see the app.
Step 2: Scroll down and choose the Mail option.
Open the Mail settings menu.
In older versions of iOS this would say Mail, Contacts, Calendars, but those have been separated in newer versions.
Step 3: Choose the Accounts option.
Select the Accounts button to open the list of accounts currently on your phone.
If you already have an email account on your iPhone, then it will display the number of accounts here.
Step 4: Tap Add Account under the list of current email addresses on the device.
Choose the Add Account button underneath the list of current accounts.
Step 5: Choose the Google option, then tap Continue to use Google to sign in.
Select the Google button.
There are other options here too, like Outlook, Yahoo, AOL, and more.
Step 6: Select your account or enter your address and password.
Select an existing Google account, or enter your account credentials.
If you’ve used your Google Account to sign into other services on your device then it may already be saved.
Step 7: Tap Allow to confirm that you want to let iOS access your account.
Touch the Allow button to accept the terms.
You need to give your iPhone certain permissions to be able to access and send emails from the device.
Step 8: Choose which items to sync, then tap Save.
Confirm that Mail (at least) is selected, then tap Save.
You can sync Mail, Contacts, Calendars, and Notes.
The next section provides instructions for setting up Gmail on an older iPhone model in an older version of the iOS operating system.
You can read our how to set up a Gmail out of office reply article if you would like to have Gmail reply to emails with an automatic response if you are going to be unavailable.
Old Method – How to Set Up a Gmail Account on the iPhone 5 (Guide with Pictures)
You are going to need to know the email address and password for your Gmail account to complete the tutorial below.
If you have set up two-step authentication, then you will need to have an application-specific password for your iPhone, and you will enter that password instead of your email password.
If you aren’t sure if you have set up two-step authentication, then you can follow the steps below and see if your email password works.
If it does not, then you have likely configured two-step authentication, so you can follow the steps on the link above to get your application-specific password.
Step 1: Open the Settings menu.
Step 2: Scroll down and select the Mail, Contacts, Calendars option.
Step 3: Touch the Add Account button.
Step 4: Select the Google option.
Step 5: Type your name, Gmail address and password into their respective fields, then touch the Next button.
Step 6: Select the options that you want to sync with your phone, then touch the Save button.
Now that you know how to add Gmail account to iPhone you will be able to set up additional Gmail accounts on this iPhone (or set it up on other iPhones) in the future.
If you need to delete your Gmail account from your iPhone, you can follow the steps here.
If you need to change the password for your Gmail account on your iPhone after changing the password in your Google Account, you can follow the steps here.
Frequently Asked Questions About Adding a Google Account to iPhone
How do I get the Gmail app on my iPhone?
While you can use the default Apple Mail application to manage your Gmail inbox, you might prefer to use Google’s email app instead.
If you open the App Store, then choose the Search tab, you will be able to search for Gmail and install it on your phone.
You can then open the app and enter your Gmail address and password to start using that app to manage your inbox.
Can I use the Gmail app and Apple Mail app at the same time?
Yes, it’s possible for you to have both apps installed and connecting to the same account at the same time, on the same device.
Can I add multiple Gmail accounts to my iPhone?
Yes, you can have more than one mail account in the iOS Mail app from the same email provider.
You will just need to complete the account setup process in the iPhone’s Mail menu for each account for which you wish to access Gmail on the device.
Will I need to know incoming mail server and outgoing mail server settings to add Gmail to my iPhone?
Typically no, you will not need to know these Gmail settings when you add your account to your phone.
However, if you are prompted for these email settings when configuring a new account on the iPhone, then the information you need is typically:
Gmail incoming mail server – imap.gmail.com
Gmail outgoing mail server – smtp.gmail.com
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