Mail (using a gmail account) keeps requiring a new application specific password

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  1. whitedragon101, Feb 23, 2014
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2014

    whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    For some reason a couple of months or so ago Mail stopped sending and then receiving mail and asked for a password. So I go into gmail create a new app specific password and it works again. For maybe a couple of hours. Then disconnects again and asks for a password.

    This happens for both my gmail email accounts.

    Any ideas how to fix this?

    (IMAP is enabled on both )
  2. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Are you using the same app-specific password on more than one device? That gave me problems when Gmail first introduced it, since then I've created separate passwords for each device (although I use the same one for each service on the same device, e.g. my Mac Mini uses the same app-specific password for Mail, Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs - then my MacBook Air uses its own single dedicated password for all those services).

    Since setting it up that way maybe a year or so ago, I haven't had a hitch.
  3. jayef macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2014
    I have the same problem - using a MobileMe account

    Any ideas on how to solve this?

  4. MatsSkoe macrumors member


    Jul 28, 2013
    The only thing I can think of is to even use different application specific passwords for both ingoing traffic (IMAP) and outgoing settings (SMPT). So you get 4 passwords for 2 accounts, etc.

    Works for me!

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