Gmail App Passwords allow using SMTP to send emails with Google servers

I keep getting asked this question, so I figured I’d post it here.

Gmail will no longer allow Less Secure Apps to send emails via their web service and we would like to know if there is a way to continue using gmail

the answer is yes - use App passwords. We walk through the process in this webinar, around the 23 minute mark. ( The lead up to that is a discussion of using email in general, and your options for moving away from Gmail.


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Enable Google App passwords for SMTP
An App Password gives a non-Google app permission to access Google’s SMTP server.
App Passwords can only be used with accounts that have 2-Step Verification turned on.

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The biggest trap is that if you don’t have 2 step verification turned on, you don’t get access to App passwords. From a support perspective, you normally end up assisting a customer to turn on 2 step so you can create an app password.

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Here’s a slideshow I made concerning setting up the app passwords. Note: I use Capesoft’s PastePass so they can paste in the password. When you copy it from the google screen it does not include the spaces (good thing).
App Pass SlideShow

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