Windows 10: How to add Gmail to Windows 10 mail and calendar app?

Windows 10 comes with new versions of Mail and Calendar apps. They have supposedly improved compared to Mail & Calendar in Windows 8.1. Here’s how to get started with the Mail app in Windows 10 and add your Gmail, Yahoo, or Microsoft email (i.e., @live @outlook @hotmail) accounts to Mail in Windows 10.

To Add a mail account in Windows 10:

  • Press Start menu button and type "mail" or find the mail app in the Start menu
  • Open the Windows 10 mail app
  • Click Add Account 
  • Select Google
  • Enter your Google/GMail email and password
  • Allow the permission asked
  • Click Done
The Mail app should now sync your messages from Gmail. If not then click on the sync icon on the top bar.

The next step is to personalize the Mail app if you desire and configure the Gmail account just added. Click on the "gear" icon on the left. You can personalize the look and feel of the Mail app, set the reading options, swipe functions, etc.

Gmail account settings in Windows 10 Mail app
  • Click on the gear icon on the left
  • Click  Accounts
  • Click the Gmail account
  • Click Gmail sync settings

From here, you can configure how often Mail is updated (“based on my usage” is the default), how often contacts and calendars sync (every two hours by default) etc. You can also enable/disable syncing Gmail, Calendar and People (Contacts). Although, there is no need to change the default IMAP and SMTP settings, you can also do so in the GMail Account settings if you are troubleshooting. Default IMAP and SMTP settings for GMail used are:

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