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Gmail & Mail! Won't send emails.

mintos

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Jul 20, 2011
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Today I added my Gmail account to Mail.

Mail is not registering any problems when I send from my Gmail account. Anything I send is placed in the 'sent' folder. When I log into Gmail any emails I send (from the Mail app) are present in the Gmail 'sent items' folder. HOWEVER, none of the emails are actually being sent.

If anybody could help me with my problem it would be greatly appreciated! Let me know if you need any more information. I set it up exactly following these instructions:

http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=13275

Thanks.
 

saberahul

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Are you on Lion? I am able to send it. Maybe check Google IMAP settings under Gmail settings as it is a good guide that helps in mail set up. Your outgoing server port may be wrong. Problem I am having now is that Mail keeps asking for my password... its annoying.
 
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mintos

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Jul 20, 2011
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Thanks for the reply. I just checked again and the ports/servers etc. are correct. I can receive mail but not send it.

Any emails I try to send ARE present in my gmail (ie. logged in via google) 'sent items' folder, suggesting that Mail must be communicating with the server somehow. Is there anything else I should try?

ps. Yes I am using Lion.
 
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nickelanddime

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prepared to get annoyed as hell. youll get a notification bubble for spam, trash, and sent folders
 
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munkery

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Manually enter the password in the settings for the smtp server in the Accounts tab of Mail preferences.
 
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mintos

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Jul 20, 2011
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Thanks for the suggestions. It's still not working.

I have noticed that if I make a label 'Sent messages' in Gmail, then Mail stops displaying the error symbol. Which reads "mail could not locate a Sent Messages folder and has created a local Sent Messages [Gmail] folder instead'. However, I cannot see any such folder and either way messages are not sending.

I checked again and they are sending fine when I send from gmail.com.

Has anybody else had a similar problem? It was working before I got Lion.
 
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DiegoFrancisco

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Jun 10, 2009
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I'm having the same problem; I receive emails but can't send them. Incoming mail server is imap.gmail.com and the outgoing mail server (SMTP) is smtp.gmail.com:xxxxxxxxx@gmail.com

Anyone know why I can receive but not send messages? I'm baffled. Thanks.
 
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munkery

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Dec 18, 2006
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In the setting for smtp server, make sure the description is blank, using default port, ssl enabled, password authentication, and password shown masked in text field.
 
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DiegoFrancisco

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Jun 10, 2009
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In the setting for smtp server, make sure the description is blank, using default port, ssl enabled, password authentication, and password shown masked in text field.

Thanks Munkery, did all of those things but it still won't send mail. It just stays in my outbox:(
 
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mintos

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Jul 20, 2011
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Mine still isn't working. Any other suggestions?

Also, every email I send from Mail is downloaded twice into Gmail's 'all mail' and 'sent items' folders (organised by Gmail but present/shown in Mail).
 
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Weaselboy

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Mine still isn't working. Any other suggestions?

Also, every email I send from Mail is downloaded twice into Gmail's 'all mail' and 'sent items' folders (organised by Gmail but present/shown in Mail).

Follow Google's interactions in GMail help on how to setup Mail app.

You need to go to GMail in a browser and in settings tell GMail not to show "All Mail" in IMAP. This will stop the duplicate messages from showing up in Mail app.

Here and here are the settings you want. Follow these precisely.

Code:
From the Mail menu, click Preferences > Accounts > Mailbox Behaviors

Drafts:
Store draft messages on the server > do NOT check

Sent:
Store sent messages on the server > do NOT check

Junk:
Store junk messages on the server > checked
Delete junk messages when > Never

Trash:
Move deleted messages to the Trash mailbox > do NOT check
Store deleted messages on the server > do NOT check

If this is your only account in Mail and you have it jacked up, you should just remove the entire account from Mail app and start over. You won't loose any mail.
 
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bangak

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May 14, 2010
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I'm having the exact same issue as the OP on my MBP. Here's the strange part though: the same settings are working fine on my iMac.

I've tried removing the account several times and starting from scratch with no luck. Hardware-specific bug perhaps?

Oh well...it looks like Mail.app in Lion will see as much use as it did in Snow Leopard for me.
 
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mintos

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Jul 20, 2011
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After playing around for hours and hours it started working! I must have done something right, although I have no idea what. Thanks for all the help!
 
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AllanW

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Mar 10, 2015
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Mail won't send messages

This thread is rather old, but I encountered this problem today and figured out what is doing it on my rig. The posts on this thread seem to have been for Lion, but I am using Yosemite. I think the problem I encountered is the same.

As others on this thread have, I fumbled around investigating preferences (I hadn't changed them in months!), restarting both Mail and my computer, etc. I had 25 messages in my Outbox and could not move them out. What I finally found and was able to replicate is that some of those messages had addressees which came from Groups in AddressBook. The Groups appeared to expand properly, but didn't really. When I finally looked at the address fields in the unsent messages, the name of the group appeared along with some other characters, which I do not recall. When I replaced the group name with the members of the group from AddressBook, the Outbox opened up and sent everything. My observation is that a message with an improperly formatted group address prevents all further transmission from the Outbox. I had a couple of bad messages among the 25 with the first one being bad. As soon as I fixed that address, it started to send messages until it encountered another bad address and then it stopped.

I have not been able to figure out how to use groups with the new Mail app, which I think came in just after Snow Leopard. The way groups worked in SL is much more intuitive, but maybe, if I ever figure out how they work in Yosemite, I'll think it's not so bad.
 
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