Gmail won't send through Apple Mail app

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  1. fhall1 macrumors 68040

    fhall1

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    This happens about once a week or so. Using OS X 10.9.5

    Gmail will work fine, both sending and receiving (using IMAP) and then all of a sudden a message sits in the Outbox. Error is that "the connection to the server smtp.gmail.com timed out on the default ports". Note - I can still receive emails just fine.

    Connection doctor shows nothing odd - just that it tries to connect to smtp.gmail.com and won't.

    I've tried quitting and restarting Apple Mail, taking all mail accounts offline then online, editing my gmail smtp server username and password - all the things I've seen in various posts online that claim to have "fixed" the problem for the posters...none work for me.

    The only thing that has worked (so far every time) is to restart my Mac. It works, but it's a PITA to have to close all my apps and restart to send an email.

    Any ideas what a restart is doing that is clearing this up and how I could mimic it without doing a restart of the entire machine?
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

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    Have you tried removing the account, removing the Google SMTP server(s) from Mail, removing the Keychain entries pertaining to that Google account, then re-adding the account?
     
  3. fhall1 thread starter macrumors 68040

    fhall1

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    I have not done all that....seems a drastic measure, more suitable for if Gmail did not work at all, not when a simple reboot gets sending emails going again.

    There HAS to be something simple that a reboot resets that a user should be able to do manually without resorting to an actual reboot.
     
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

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    I doubt it. The procedure I described should take you 5 minutes, though.
     

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