The Email client included will not connect to Gmail if you have two factor authentication turned on. I says the account or password is wrong. Normally on other clients, a second screen comes up, and then I get a message on my Cell Phone.


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I ran into a similar issue. I think you are experiencing two problems simultaneously.

The first problem relates to Mail not meeting Google's standards for security. The only way I've found to get it to work was to "Allowing less secure apps to access your account" a way to do that can be found here.

The second problem, I assume, you're having is you're attempting to set up a Gmail account via the Gmail option from the pull down menu. I've never gotten Gmail to set up properly that way. You'll need select the "Other" option, I believe it is, and set up the account manually.

The server settings should be mail.gmail.com

  • It is already 2021, Elementary OS v6 Odin, and we still don't have the proper authentication without enabling the "less secure apps" on google. :( Commented Aug 22, 2021 at 9:48

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