Me and Mail


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Nov 29, 2004
I'm a little embarrassed to say that after four years using OSX I'm only just now getting around to trying to use Mail. I'd always just been happy with my online Gmail aco**** but now that I have multiple email accounts and am getting a lot more mail through work, I'm keen to give Mail a try.

I know there are a zillion blog posts and message board posts out there, not to mention the official advice, on how to configure Mail to access Gmail, but it ain't working for me.

email address:
incoming mail server:
Outgoingmail server:

I put all of this info along with my Gmail password into the dialogue box that initally comes up when I first opened Mail (in 10.3), and it said it couldn't connect to I'm now trying to add new accounts with this info in preferences and it's still not working.

Does anyone know what the problem might be?

I'm using Panther.


Moderator emeritus
May 1, 2005
Hmm, have you taken a look at Gmail's set-up page specific to It's even got screenshots. Take a look and make sure everything's set up similarly...


Moderator emeritus
May 1, 2005
Remove from your username and try again.
Um, I have gmail accounts in and the username field requires the

Again, I think a lot of issues can be solved by just going down the "checklist" that that page I linked to has.

If that doesn't work, then we can try to see what else might be the issue.


macrumors 603
Feb 2, 2007
51.50024, -0.12662
you have to head into gmail settings in your browser -> Forwarding and POP -> and choose enable POP for mail that's already been downloaded OR for mail that arrives from now on