How to access Gmail

Have you created a Gmail account to manage your e-mail and, not being particularly used to technology, now you do not know how to use it to consult the messages that have been sent to you or send them to someone in turn? Do you usually use Gmail from your PC but, now, having the need to configure the mailbox on a smartphone or tablet, you don’t know how to proceed? Don’t worry: if you want, I’m here to give you a hand.

In today’s guide, in fact, I will show you how to access Gmail both from your PC and from smartphones and tablets. In detail, I will explain how to do this through Google’s Webmail, the official app for Android, iPhone and iPad devices, and through third-party email clients available on all devices and operating systems.

At this point, I would say not to waste any more precious time: sit down comfortably and pay attention to the tips I will give you in the next chapters. You will see, it will only take you a few minutes to consult the procedures you will find in the next chapters and succeed in your intent. Happy reading and good luck for everything!


  • How to access Gmail from PC
    • Webmail
    • Email client
  • How to access Gmail from smartphones and tablets
    • Gmail app
    • Other mail apps

How to access Gmail from PC

If you want to know how to access Gmail from a PC , in the next chapters I will explain how to do this both through the appropriate Google Webmail (therefore via web browser ) and through some of the most famous email clients. Either way, it will be child’s play.


To access Gmail via Webmail , what you need to do is open the browser you usually use to browse the Internet and reach the official Gmail site . After doing this, you will be asked to sign in with your Google account .

In case you do not yet have a Google account, all you have to do is press on the word Create an account , in the login screen that is shown to you, and follow the instructions on the screen. If you run into any problems or have any doubts about how to proceed, I suggest you consult my guide on how to create a Google account .

After logging in with your Gmail account, indicating the email address and password associated with your Google account, you will be directed to the main screen of the Gmail Webmail. On the left you will be shown the main labels by which the email messages you receive are grouped.

In the central screen, however, you can view the list of all messages received and sent (the replies you send are concatenated to the messages received in a single conversation). If you have the tabs enabled, in the upper area, you can access the main labels that you have already seen in the left side section. At the top left, however, you will find the Write button to send a new e-mail message.

In case you can’t find a message you received, try searching the Trash by selecting the appropriate item from the left sidebar. If unsuccessful, also try to access Gmail’s archived mail , by pressing on the All messages item in the left sidebar (which contains the inbox and archived messages).

If you want to know more about how to use your Gmail email from Webmail or any other platform, I suggest you read carefully what I have already suggested to you in my guide on how Gmail works .

If you are having trouble logging into Gmail, the problem is probably an error in typing your login credentials or simply forgetting your password. In this case, you can try to recover the access data, following the instructions I have given you in my guide dedicated to the topic.

Email client

If you want to access Gmail via an e-mail client installed on your Windows computer or Mac , know that to proceed with this operation you will need more data than the access credentials to the service you already have.

While for some email software, such as the default applications Mail Windows 10 and Mail MacOS , all you need is just the email address of your Gmail account and password associated with it, other software is important to have access parameters to the mail server.

The latter are easily available directly from the Google support portal at this link but, for convenience, I summarize below those for the IMAP protocol (which I recommend you use instead of the POP3 one, now obsolete and which does not allow sync mail across multiple devices).

  • Incoming Mail Server (IMAP): , Requires SSL: Yes, Port: 993.
  • Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): , Requires SSL: Yes, Requires TLS: Yes (if available), Port for SSL: 465, Port for TLS / STARTTLS: 587, Requires Authentication: Yes.
  • Full Name or Display Name: Your name.
  • Account Name, Username or Email Address: Your full Gmail email address.
  • Password: Your Gmail password.

To use the IMAP protocol, you need to make sure it is enabled on your account. To do this, access the Gmail Webmail , click on the gear icon located at the top and press on the item View all settings , in the menu that is proposed to you. Then select the Forwarding and POP / IMAP tab and activate the Enable IMAP boxes .

If, on the other hand, you want to know more about the steps you need to take to access Gmail mail in the most famous email software, such as Thunderbird , my advice is to carefully consult the tips I have given you in my guide on programs for Gmail .

How to access Gmail from smartphones and tablets

On Android smartphones and tablets and on iPhones and iPads , you can access Gmail easily both through the appropriate official app developed by Google and through email clients produced by third parties. In reality it is also possible to access it from a browser, through the Webmail , but this solution is quite inconvenient for mobile. However, the choice is yours.

Gmail app

The official Gmail app is available both on the Android Play Store and on the iOS / PadOS App Store and on Android smartphones and tablets equipped with Google services, it is often pre-installed together with the other apps of the Mountain View giant.

To proceed with the installation of the app on Android , search for it in the Play Store, tap on its icon in the search results and press the Install button ; on iOS / iPadOS , on the other hand, search for it in the Search tab , select it from the search results, press the Get / Install button and unlock the download and installation of the app using the Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password .

After starting the application using the appropriate icon on the home screen or in the drawer, the Google account already present on the smartphone / tablet will be automatically accessed.

In case you have never associated a Google account with your device, log in to your Google account by entering your email address and password in the appropriate fields. For more details, you can follow in detail the instructions I have given you in this guide of mine , in which I have indicated all the steps to associate a Google account to Android and iOS / iPadOS.

If, on the other hand, you want to access an account other than the one set up on your device, on the main screen of the Gmail app , press on your profile photo , at the top right, and tap on the Add another account item in the box you see . You will be presented with a login form in which you will need to enter your Google account credentials in order to log in.

Other mail apps

In addition to the official Gmail app, you can also install other apps that act as an email client. There are several but, as you have already learned in the chapter on desktop software for managing e-mail, for some access necessarily requires the server data, in addition to the account data.

For example, with the Microsoft Outlook app (among the best free clients available for Android and iOS / iPadOS ), by tapping on your profile photo , at the top left, and then on the gear icon (in the screen you opens), you can log in directly to Gmail via the Add account> Add email account> Add Google account items . Alternatively, if you’ve just installed the app, just follow the initial setup procedure to set up your Gmail account.

On other apps, however, you will be prompted to configure the login account, also entering the server data, that is IMAP / SMTP (recommended) or POP3 / SMTP . In this case, my advice is to refer to all the information I gave you in the previous chapter of the guide , in which you will find all the information you need for configuring the Google account on these apps.

And if you want to have some advice on the best apps for managing emails to use on your smartphone or tablet, you can try Spark ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ) or Blue Mail ( Android / iOS / iPadOS ), which I told you about in detail in my guide on how to receive emails on mobile .


by Abdullah Sam
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