gmail "Password Incorrect" in Imap, Push, Inconsistently!

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by whyrichard, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002

    I am having repeated and seemingly inconsistent (though currently consistently) problems with gmail saying my password is incorrect. It's not. I tried this with push, and then resorted back to imap (with gpush app) and it now won't accept my password with imap at all.

    Gmail is not working with my iphone at all!

    What is the problem here? in the past two months gmail and my iphone don't play together well at all anymore!

  2. macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Waco, TX
    Delete the Gmail account from your iPhone, then hold down the home button and power button till you see the Apple logo (this will cause a full restart of the phone, it will NOT erase anything).

    Then add back the Gmail account and see if that works.
  3. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    Thanks but no dice. Says incorrect password.

    Is there a link where once types in the letters in a wonky image to make sure there are no bots?

    Do i have to change my password?

  4. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    i changed my gmail password in google accounts and still, no gmail to iphone.

  5. thread starter macrumors 68000

    Aug 15, 2002
    and specifically, it says that my password is incorrect...

    no help?


  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2007
    I just ran into the same issue. Were you able to resolve it?
  7. macrumors 65816

    Dec 13, 2009
  8. macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
    I had the same problem. Go to gmail on your computer and log in. You'll have to type in numbers in a box. Apparently there is some deal where they make you re-verify your account. After that, no further problems.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Aug 29, 2007
    Developer land
    yup - i think they have some sort of spam/access control. This usually works for me (but it is still a nuisance.)
  10. macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    I just ran into this same problem. I got my iPhone replaced. Did a restore from a backup to my new one and one particular gmail account refused to work.

    I finally solved it by logging into gmail website.
    Going to the settings.
    DISABLING imap (as it was already enabled before).
    Going back to the settings.
    ENABLING imap (very counter intuitive)
    Trying again on my iPhone and it worked!

    It drove me crazy cause every site says you must enable imap, well wtf do you do if it's already enabled? Answer: disable it, then enable again lol
  11. macrumors newbie

    Sep 3, 2010
    Solution to gmail password problems on iPad

    I am not sure why or when, but gmail must have made some type of change to their system and you probably just need to unlock CAPTCHA in order to get this working again. YOU MUST DO THIS FROM THE IPAD. Go to this site and follow the instructions.
  12. MUA
    macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2011

    Registered to leave this one-time post to tell everyone that this is the only suggestion that worked to get my Gmail functioning properly on my iPhone--access the page from the browser on your iPhone and complete, add your accounts again, good as new:
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2009
    Worked for me!

    This worked for me. I just logged into my Gmail account on my MacBook Pro, disabled IMAP, then re-enabled it. Then my Gmail acct started working again on my iPhone.

    Thanks for the solution! :)
  14. macrumors 68030

    Jul 21, 2011
    Los Angeles, CA
    Nothing is working for me.....I am getting the same error on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac Mail. This is making me crazy! I am really getting ready to just stop using gmail and just switch completely to

    Seems like since google starting making crappy phones they stopped caring about everything search is going to crap, now mail!!
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2009
    Try unlocking the account here:

    That worked for me.
  16. macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
  17. macrumors newbie

    Sep 28, 2011
    this worked for me

    Hi there,
    my issue seemed to be a weak password. My ipad stopped working all of a sudden, and gave the incorrect password for error message.

    I tried resetting it, deleting and re-creating the account etc ( i use a Google Apps account with my own domain btw ).

    I logged into my google apps dashboard and went to the change email password section ( in plain gmail this is probably somewhere different ).

    I then tried to change the password to the one i had, but changed 1 digit. It wouldn't allow it on the basis of a 'weak password'.

    So I changed it to something a bit more complex, and hey presto, the ipad is working again now.

    so if you've tried it all with no luck - then try the above.

  18. macrumors newbie

    Jan 7, 2012
    Lyon, France
  19. macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2008
    2 step verification

    I turned off 2 step verification and it worked fine for me after that.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Oct 20, 2011
    gmail password fix

    I had to go here for help since I have 2 step verification turned and none of the above worked for me.

    Then generate an application specific pass and put in the settings on your iphone for your gmail account ...yes it is a totally different password but it worked.
  21. macrumors G4

    Oct 14, 2005
  22. macrumors newbie

    May 10, 2012
    A fix

    Hi there,

    Google in the UK is migrating email addresses to This is voluntary.

    But, if you're trying to set up an email account on your iPad, you need to log in via web and tick the box to migrate.

    Otherwise, UK users need to set up an account on their iPad.

  23. macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2012

    I finally figured this out. I think Google defaults accounts to having a 2-Step password type system. It's crazy because it doesn't work well on the iPhone.

    Here's what I did and it worked after I tried everything else in this thread:

    Go to Gmail Settings
    Click on the Accounts and Import tab
    Under "Change Account Settings" click on "Other Google Account Settings."
    Click on "Security" in the left column
    Turn OFF "2-Step Verification."

    This worked for me and hopefully will for you as well. I believe, once you have your gmail set up on your iOS device, you'll be able to turn 2-Step Verification again, but I haven't tried that. Not sure of the consequences for leaving it off. Use at your own risk.

    Hope this helps.
  24. macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2012
    iPhone Gmail fix

    I have my Gmail as my default email on my iphone. I had the same problem where all of a sudden I couldn't access my emails anymore. It kept saying wrong passowrd or incorrect username, even though it was the same as usual and I hadn't changed anything.

    The solution!!! While signed in to your Gmail on your computer click on the link below. Then click on the Continue button on this webpage.

    It doesn't look like it's done anything but...
    Then try downloading your emails on your phone again. It works! I don't know how, it just does.
  25. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2012
    It has to do with 2-step verification. You have to go into your security settings and authorize your iPhone to access your Gmail account. You have to access Gmail directly on the web, go to your account and go to security. Get a password for your iPhone and put into your mail setup. You have to do this because Mail can't request the additional verification from Google.

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