Brandeis is using Gmail, Google's hosted email service, as its email platform for all faculty, staff, and students.

On the Web

In Apple Mail, Thunderbird, etc.

Instructions with Screenshots

Text-based Instructions

If you wish to use a mail client, you must first enable IMAP support on Gmail. To do so:

  1. Sign in to your Brandeis Gmail account at
  2. Click Settings in the top right.
  3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  4. Under IMAP Access, select Enable IMAP.
  5. Click Save Changes.

After IMAP is enabled, change the following settings in your mail client (note that the username must be your full email address and that your incoming and outgoing mail servers need to change):

  • Username:
  • Incoming server:
    • Use SSL: Yes
    • Port: 993
  • Outgoing server:
    • Use authentication: Yes (password)
    • Use STARTTLS / SSL: Yes
    • Port: 465 or 587

Finally, follow these additional steps to set up your local email program.

Remember to use your full email address for your username.  You may need to reenter your password when you first try to send an email.  If you have verified your settings, but are still experiencing difficulty connecting your account may be locked.  Please complete this form to unlock your account   

Desktop Notifications

If you choose to use the Gmail web client, but would still like to receive notifications for incoming messages please use the following software. 

On your Phone

Gmail for mobile devices