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I am using Google Apps/Gmail with Apple Mail on OS X Mavericks. For some reason, sending email is extremely slow (minutes to hours) and I constantly get this message:

The server returned the error: The connection to the server “” on port 993 timed out.

There are often (but not always) little error triangles on the inboxes.

Does anyone know why this happens and what I can do to solve the issue?

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There are many discussions of this around (example). One thing that seems to work for some is:

Try pointing at instead of

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Try pointing at instead of

This seems to help, but doesn't entirely resolve the issue.

Here's a screenshot showing how to change the 'Incoming Mail Server' setting in the preference pane.

Google Settings for


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Can you add some more details about what needs to be changed where to accomplish this? This would allow less experienced users to try this solution as well. – patrix Jan 13 '14 at 16:19

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