As you might have read in my “Do You Use Microsoft Outlook With Gmail? Maybe Not After May 30” article, Google has tightened up its security to our benefit in that our Google accounts are now more secure. However, the “cost” to us is that some of our applications that access our Gmail account may have stopped working at the beginning of June 2022. Whether it be Microsoft Outlook or a Gmail notification app like PoptrayU, it might have stopped being able to access Gmail recently.
Rather than wait for an update to your app, you can get around this problem without making any changes to the app itself. You can use the Google App Password capability. Here is how to do it:
- Log in to your Gmail account online
- Click on the photo (or letter) in the upper-right corner and choose “Manage your Google Account”
- Click on “Security” on the left
- Find “2-Step Verification” and make sure it is turned on. If it isn’t on, you will have to go through the process of turning it on by clicking on it
- Once 2-Step Verification is turned on, go back to the Security section, find “App passwords” and click on it
- Enter your Gmail password
- Click on “Select app”, choose “Other (Custom name)”, enter “your-app-name” (you choose the name, i.e. “Outlook”), and then click on the “Generate” button
- Now you will see a small window with a string of 16 characters in four groups of 4 letters each. Copy that string of 16 characters to your clipboard
- Use this copied string of 16 characters as your app’s password for accessing Gmail and your app should work just fine from now on
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