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Mail.app has stopped accessing several of my gmail accounts. It gives the generic error "Mail can't connect to the account "xxxx". Enter the password for user "myusernamehere". When I enter the correct password, it circles back to this error. Going directly to gmail, I can login with that same password.

One of the two accounts with this problem is a new one I was setting up, but the other is my "main" account which has been in use with mail.app for years.

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The fix is to login to the google account affected, and then go to https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps and select "Enable" for the question "Access for less secure apps."

Apparently this results from a change Google made several months ago to improve security, which is indeed becoming more and more important as Google accounts are tied to a wider and wider range of uses. It is a mystery to me why it suddenly prevented my logging in now, but I wanted to share the solution I found in case anyone else encounters the same problem.

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I think relaxing security is the wrong answer to this problem, which I have just encountered myself. Instead I downloaded EasyMail for Gmail, which supports the 2-step verification now required by Google. It seems fine, though I found the ads annoying so I upgraded for £3.89 to make it ad-free for life.

  • While this may be the issue they are having. I'd recommend using the default Gmail app for mail (or Inbox for Gmail) if they have two-factor authentication turned on. But this question didn't detail that they have it on. – Melvin Jefferson Jun 1 '18 at 21:49

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