Using IMAPNotes with Gmail

Got a Gmail account and want to use IMAPNotes?  It’s totally doable.  There’s just a couple of hoops to jump through.  First, you need to make sure you enable “Less Secure Apps” from your Google account.  Now, I know what you’re thinking – “This app isn’t secure?  I don’t want it!” – relax.  IMAP is a standard internet protocol that’s been around for decades.  Most providers (Gmail especially) offer encryption for IMAP connections, so it’s as safe to use as most any other internet service.  The reason Google considers it “less secure” is because IMAPNotes doesn’t use Google’s special login tools to access your account, but rather a standard username + password model, like most email clients.

All this being said, we still recommend that if you do enable “Less Secure Apps” to access your Gmail account, that you check the activity logs from time to time to make sure everything looks legit.  It’s always smart to protect your accounts!

Let’s get to it!

1.) Go to your Google account’s security settings page.

Look for the panel on the right side that says “Allow less secure apps”:

Turn on the switch, and wait for the emails, push notifications, and other alerts that Google will immediately send you, warning you that you’ve enabled a feature that they don’t recommend.  Remember to take Google’s advice on security when using this feature.

2.) Now, go to your Gmail account, look for the little Gear icon on the far right.  Click it, and go into Settings:

3.) In the bar at the top, click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP”.

Then, down the page, tick the box next to “Enable IMAP” – this will turn on IMAP services for your Gmail account.

4.) Click “Save Changes” at the bottom of the page, and you’re done!

We’re ready to add our Gmail account to IMAPNotes!

5.) Open IMAPNotes, and add your Gmail account.

That’s it!