POP Gmail to a Preferred Mail Client

POP (Post Office Protocol) is a way to download your messages to a mail client like Outlook Express or Apple Mail. 

POP is one-way, which means that actions you take in the mail client will not be synced to your gmail.

Supported mail clients and their POP configurations

Standard POP configuration

  1. Enable POP in your gmail
    Remember to Save Changes when you're done.

  2. Client settings:
    Incoming mail (POP3) Server - requires SSL: pop.gmail.com
    Use SSL: Yes
    Port: 995

    Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - requires TLS3 or SSL: smtp.gmail.com
    Use Authentication: Yes
    Port for TLS/STARTTLS: 587
    Port for SSL: 465
    Account Name: yourZID@students.niu.edu
    Email Address: yourZID@students.niu.edu

    Password: your Google password

  3. Opt not to leave messages on the server (unless you're using recent mode to download mail to multiple clients). This does not affect how gmail handles your mail - that is determined by your POP settings in gmail.
If your mail client does not support SMTP4 authentication, you won't be able to send mail through your client using your gmail address.

If you're having trouble sending mail and encryption is on for SMTP for your mail client, configure your SMTP server on port 465 or 587.