Configure Gmail in Windows Live Mail using POP

Most of us today use multiple email accounts for personal and work. And we have to check each one of them separately so that we don’t miss important email. It is much easier if you use a desktop email client such as Windows Live Mail or Mozilla Thunderbird. Today I will be showing you how to configure your Windows Live Mail to receive emails from a Gmail account.

So let’s start!

1) I presume you have already installed Windows Live Mail. If you haven’t get the download link from here. Once you have finished the installation, open Windows Live Mail.

2) Select the Accounts tab from the ribbon interface and click Email.


3) A new window will open. Here you will have to enter you email ID and password. For Gmail accounts, Windows Live Mail automatically uses IMAP for email retrieval. If you want to use POP, check Manually configure server settings. Click Next.


4) In the configuration settings windows, enter the details as shown in the below figure. Enter your logon username along with extension in the Logon user name filed. Click Next.


5) Once your have completed the above steps, your account will be created and the following window will be displayed. Click Finish.


You can now see the Gmail account folders in the left pane of Windows Live Mail.


Note: If you receive an authentication error with your username or password, please follow the steps detailed here.

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Currently pursuing Bachelors in Electronics, the author Nithin Ramesh is a technology blogger. Apart from technology his other interests include cricket and rock music.


  1. Ravi Gupta

    Why in this day and age would anyone use POP instead of IMAP? As a technology website, I would expect the writer to explain the merits of IMAP over POP, and give a detailed view of how go about configuring it.

  2. Dr Luke

    Good morning Ravi,
    I love the idea of IMAP and configured my email accounts on Windows Live Mail with IMAP a few months ago. Then I found out that IMAP considerably slows down Windows Live Mail on my computer. I have several accounts and it is a pain for me. Oftentimes I have to go on the server to find my mails instead of waiting for Live Mail to finish its work.
    This is why I am coming here now in order to see if I can go back to POP, but IMAP is by default and I cannot find a way to put POP.
    Can somebody help me ? I have Windows Live Mail 2011 and the accounts I wantn to change to POP are Gmail.
    Dr Luke

  3. Kat

    Thank you NithinR! With POP I can control whether or not to leave my messages on the server, which I can not do with IMAP. Gmail does not allow the option for deleted messages to be automatically purged unless you manually do it by going to their site. I check my mail from my Outlook, not my browser. I find it interesting that Gmail fails to address in their intructions on setting up POP that you need to place a check mark in all the boxes for incoming and outgoing for a secure connection. I have been agnoizing over why their instructions didn’t work until I came across your concise instructions. I would just add one more thing, and that is to uncheck the box in the Properties/Advanced tab afterwards on ‘Leave a copy of messages on server’ if you do not want your messages archived. And, for some mysterious reason, the 465 changed back to 25 when I finished. I had to reconfigure it once more. Thanks again!

  4. pabloingles

    I’ve done this but when I sync Windows Live I get Unable to send or receive messages for the Gmail ( account. The connection to the server has failed.

    Server: ‘993’
    Windows Live Mail Error ID: 0x800CCC0E
    Protocol: POP3
    Port: 995
    Secure(SSL): Yes
    Socket Error: 10060

  5. Hem Chand

    these days gmail is not working in windows live mail..

  6. Rahulkumar

    My account is disabled please hepl in to login

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