Trouble Setting Up Gmail on Windows 8? Here is Why and How to Fix it


Simply put, if the address and password are correct, blame on Gmail’s new 2-Step Authentication method. Don’t get me wrong, I love it because it’s the best way to protect and secure my Gmail account. And that also doesn’t mean you can’t connect it to your Windows 8 Mail app. It just need one extra step.

Before adding your 2-step authentication protected Gmail to the Mail app,

1. Go to the Authorized Access to your Google Account page, sign in if haven’t.

2. Type in a name to the new password and click Generate password button to generate a new Application-specific password from near the bottom of the page.


3. Go back to Windows 8 Mail app, use the new generated password to add a new mail account there. Note that there is no space in the password, even though it looks like three spaces there.

4. Hoola. All set.

If a Metra App that integrates your Gmail account doesn’t take your password, you probably need to go through this process again to set it up.

[via 7Tutorials]

  • Steven Lynch

    I can’t find where to add account to the mail App!!! haha this info will be helpful once I find that.

    • Blog Fan

      Not sure if you got this yet. Once you are in email app.. charms bar is ur friend

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  • Giorgos Vintzileos

    Super! Thanks….it save me some hair!

  • Soylent

    Didn’t Google drop support for EAS recently? I’m unable to get mine to connect, even when using the app key

    • Kent Chen

      I think the backdoor has been shut by Google lately. So this should work for you.