How to Set Up Gmail Email on Windows Mail? – Easy steps to get Gmail to work on Windows 10

“Gmail is the most popular email service on the planet. At the same time, Windows is the most popular operating system in the world. What if you can combine both of them to your advantage? Learn how to configure Gmail on Windows 10 mail.”

With more than a billion users, Gmail is ruling the world of emails. No other email service seems to match its popularity. There is a valid reason why Gmail is preferred by everyone. It is that Gmail is amazingly compatible with different devices and operating systems. You can use it on various kinds of platforms including a Windows PC.

You may simply configure Gmail on the Windows Mail app to use it as your default email service on your device. With the introduction of the latest windows 10 update, this process has become very simple. Go through this post if you are also looking to add Gmail email to Windows Mail. Here, we are discussing the step-by-step process to do so in an easy manner.

Before We Begin

Adding Gmail to Windows Mail is easy. However, there are some important precautions that we should take. Check out the points given below and ensure you meet all of them before initiating the setup process.

  • Gmail Login Credentials – During the setup process, we will have to enter the username and password of your Gmail account. So, we recommend you to sign in on the web version of Gmail and make sure that your credentials are working fine. If you don’t know the password then you should Gmail password recovery beforehand.
  • Windows updates – An outdated version of Windows Mail can be problematic. So, you should download and install the updates before carrying on with the configuration process.
  • Internet Connectivity – Well, that’s obvious. You need a good internet connection to set up Gmail on Windows. As long as, you are not connected to the internet it isn’t possible to start the process.
  • Airplane Mode – Last but not least, the windows on which you are running the setup may be your PC or laptop should not be on airplane mode. It is so because in this mode the device will not be able to connect to the internet and fetch data.

Steps to set up Gmail on Windows 10

One of the good things about Windows 10 is that it doesn’t require you to enable IMAP or POP configuration within Gmail. You may now add Gmail to the default Windows mail app directly as shown below.

  1. To begin the process, you need to click on the Windows icon that appears at the bottom left corner of your screen.



  1. Now, from the next menu, you should choose “Mail” appearing under the “M” section.
  2. Wait till the mail’s welcome screen displays. Here, you need to click on the Get Started button.
  3. Click “+Add Account” on the next page.


  1. After that, a list of email service providers will display on your screen. From this list, you must choose “Google”.


  1. The “Connecting to a service” window will appear on your screen with a Google Login window.
  2. Provide your Gmail email address carefully in the space provided and click “Next”.
  3. Then, enter your Google/ Gmail password on the next screen and click “Sign in”.
  4. In the next step, you will have to give Gmail some permissions. Click “Allow” from the bottom of the screen to give them.
  5. That’s it Folk! Click on the “Done” button to wrap up the process.
  6. To go back to the initial Mail Window, you may click on the “Ready to go” button.

The process of adding Gmail to the Mail up is now over.

How to Access Gmail on Windows 10 Mail after the setup?

There are multiple options by which you can access your Gmail account after completing the configuration.

  • You may click on the Windows icon and then choose “Mail” from the “M” section.
  • Alternatively, you may click on the “Mail” tile that will when you click on the Windows icon.
  • Another option is to drag either the Mail ‘Tile” or the Mail entry in the All apps list, to your desktop. We recommend this option because it will create a shortcut to Mail on your desktop.

What is error code: 0x80070490 and how to fix it?

0x80070490 is a common error code encountered by users trying to add Gmail on Windows mail. You should know that theoretically, the mail app doesn’t require you to enable IMAP/ POP within Gmail. Practically, many users have to deal with 0x80070490 error if POP/ IMAP is not enabled in their Gmail account. So, to fix this error you will have to enable IMAP/ POP configuration in your Gmail. Steps to do the same are as follows.

  • To troubleshoot this error, you need to run Gmail on a web browser and sign in to your account.
  • After logging in, you must click on the “Settings” gear icon from the top right corner of the window.

  • Next, you should click on the “See All Settings” button.
  • Open the “Forwarding and POP/ IMAP” tab appearing at the top.

  • Then, choose the “Enable IMAP” radio button displayed next to the IMAP access (access Gmail from other clients using IMAP).

  • Scroll down to the bottom of the screen and click “Save Changes”.

You may now go back to the Mail app. The 0x80070490 error will not trouble you. 

How to send Gmail emails from Windows Mail?

After configuring Gmail with the Windows Mail app, you can easily compose and send emails. The steps you need to follow are given below.

  • To start composing an email, you must choose the “+” icon appearing in the “Menu” Ribbon.
  • Now, the pane available on the right-hand side will change and allow you to write an email.
  • Put the email address of the other person for “To”. Add a subject to your email and create the body as per your requirement.
  • Finally, click on the “Send” button from the top corner.

Wrapping Up

Many of us don’t like switching to a web browser to check emails. Thankfully, Gmail has dedicated applications for Android and iOS users. But, Windows users have to set up a Gmail account on the mail app to send and receive email without opting for web browsers.

Earlier, the process to add Gmail to the mail app was a bit complex. Luckily, doing this in Windows 10 is simple. You just need to add your Gmail email address and password. 0X80070490 is a common error that you can face during the setup. You may fix it by enabling IMAP/ POP in your Gmail account.

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