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Less secure apps & your Google Account

Mark Coleman 0

Important: This deadline does not apply to Google Workspace or Google Cloud Identity customers. The enforcement date for these customers will be announced on the Workspace blog at a later date.

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  1. If an app or site doesn’t meet Googles security standards, Google might block anyone who’s trying to sign in to your account from it. Less secure apps can make it easier for hackers to get in to your account, so blocking sign-ins from these apps helps keep your account safe.

If “Less secure app access” is on for your account

If “Less secure app access” is off for your account

How more secure apps help protect your account

When a third-party app meets our security standards, you can:

    • See what level of account access you’re giving the app before you connect your Google Account

    • Let the app access only a relevant part of your Google Account, like your email or calendar

    • Connect your Google Account to the app without exposing your password

    • Disconnect your Google Account from the app at any time

Learn more about third-party apps with access to your account.

Instead you can enable 2-step verification in your Google account security settings (, then generate an application password to use instead of your regular account password (

You can also use an e-mail client or app that supports OAuth 2.0.  You may have to update your client to a newer version (Outlook 2016 or higher, Thunderbird version 78 or higher).  You’ll also need to specify to use OAuth2.0 for both the incoming and outgoing server configurations for the Gmail account.