I cannot setup my Gmail account. It says id or password is wrong. I suspect it is because I have 2 factor authentication setup to text me when I access from a new application or PC. I guess I could turn off 2 factor, but really don't want to do that.

  • Just follow rogelin answer, create that app password and use it on the mail app. It will not ask for permission that system was made for this cases
    – Sebastian
    Commented Dec 1, 2018 at 18:03

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You can generate a one-time app password within your Google account settings and keep using 2fa for all other accesses. See: https://myaccount.google.com/apppasswords

  • Just do this, generate an app password (one-time). You can name it and remove it anytime if you want.
    – Sebastian
    Commented Dec 1, 2018 at 17:58

If it's about geary mail, you may need to give permission.

Log into your gmail account


Turn it on. You should get the notification for your 2 factor authentication.
  • That is not available for 2step verification enabled accounts. In that case you have to create a one-time password or "App Password" (like Google calls it)
    – Sebastian
    Commented Dec 1, 2018 at 18:01
  • Thanks for the correction. Can I delete my reply to not mislead people?
    – codear
    Commented Dec 2, 2018 at 5:57
  • leave it as a reference
    – Sebastian
    Commented Dec 2, 2018 at 6:39

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