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How to add a Google mail account in Outlook for Windows 10 Mobile

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Google blocks Gmail accounts to work with Windows 10 Mobile

If you, for some reason, still use a Google mail account and want to add it to Outlook Mail for Windows 10 Mobile, you may have found that Google doesn’t allow access from a Windows 10 phone. The issue seems to exist only for new configurations, while previously added Gmail accounts works just fine.

Google has obviously blacklisted Outlook Mail for Windows 10 Mobile, putting the app in the list with ‘less-secure’ mail clients. Yes, Google blocks Windows 10 Mobile, which is another example of bad practices and favoring certain apps and operating systems over others. There is a solution to add and use a Gmail account for now, but there is no guarantee that this will work in the future. Here are the steps:

  1. Open Outlook Mail on your phone, Go to Settings → Manage Accounts → Add account

  2. Tap ‘Other account’ (not Google)
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  3. Fill in your email address and password. Tap ‘Sign in’

  4. Outlook mail will fail to synchronize the account. That’s because of Google blocking Outlook for Windows 10 Mobile.

  5. Open the Edge browser and log in to your Google Mail account. You should have a mail with a subject ‘Blocked sign-in attempt for security reasons’ in the box
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  6. Tap on ‘Allow Access’ for ‘less-secure’ apps, select ‘turn on’.
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By following these steps you should be able to configure a Google mail account on your Windows 10 Mobile phone & Outlook.

Have you experienced difficulties with Google and what do you think about Google’s behavior towards the Windows Phone users?

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