Gmail users – As of May 30th 2022 Google will disable access to their consumer (@gmail.com) accounts using ‘less secure apps’. What this means for you is; if you have a Gmail address and use something other than the gmail.com website or Gmail app on your mobile device, you may need to make adjustments to continue receiving email after May 30th. Typically, this will be people using some older versions of the Outlook app, Apple Mail app, or a mobile mail app that came with their phone.
At Little Dog Tech, we like to provide some actual information in our newsletters so those who are comfortable with making changes like this have the information to do so. It gets technical after this point, but if reading this gets your head is spinning and you don’t know what to do, we are always here to help!
So, here are some scenarios:
1. If you currently use the https://mail.google.com/ website to check your email, this does not affect you. Close this message and enjoy your day!
2. If you currently use Outlook 2016 or newer, Apple Mail 9.3 or newer, Apple iOS mail 8.3 or newer, these applications offer built-in support for Gmail, but you still need to have 2-step verification enabled on your Gmail account (this is a good idea anyway to help keep out hackers). See below for a link to a Google article on enabling 2-factor authentication on your account if it isn’t already done.
3. If you currently use Outlook 2013 or older, Apple Mail 9.2 or older, Apple iOS Mail 8.2 or older, or any other mail app that came with your computer or mobile device OTHER than the Gmail app, then you should either upgrade the app you are using, just use the gmail.com website, or you will need to enable 2-factor authentication AND create an App Password to put into the older app. See the link below for “How to set up Gmail with a third-party email client”.
Again, if you are a Gmail user and you think that scenario 2 or 3 might apply to you and you don’t know how to fix it, then please don’t hesitate to give us a call and arrange an appointment for one of our technicians to help you through this.