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Gmail and WinZip

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Last updated: 22 Jul, 2019
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Google mail (Gmail) supports a number of options for signing in that can affect WinZip's ability to send mail using a Gmail account. Here are three ways you can use Gmail and WinZip together.

Using 2-step verification

The most secure login method is 2-step verification. You will still use your account password to sign in, but then Gmail will send a code to your phone. You'll enter this code in order to complete the sign-in process. Here is Google's help for enabling and using 2-step verification.

To configure your account to use 2-step verification in WinZip:

  1. Click WinZip Options in the Settings tab of the WinZip ribbon.
  2. Open the Email tab in the settings dialog.
  3. Select your Gmail account and click Change, or click Add to configure a new Gmail account.
  4. Check Use 2-step verification.

Using an app password

If you can't use 2-step verification, or you would prefer not to use it with WinZip, you can use an app password, which is a code, generated by Google, that is unique to a specific app. You can learn about app passwords from Google's help page.

To use an app password with WinZip:

  1. Click WinZip Options in the Settings tab of the WinZip ribbon.
  2. Open the Email tab in the settings dialog.
  3. Select your Gmail account and click Change, or click Add to configure a new Gmail account.
  4. Do not check Use 2-step verification, or uncheck it if it is already checked.
  5. Enter the app password you received from Google in the Password field.

Using "Allow less secure apps"

Finally, you can configure your Gmail account to allow WinZip (and any other app) to sign in using only your Gmail user name and password. (Because this is less secure than either 2-step verification or app passwords, Google refers to apps that sign in using only the user name and password as less secure apps.) You can learn how to enable the Allow less secure apps setting for your Gmail account from Google's help page.

To configure your Gmail account in WinZip to use this method:

  1. Click WinZip Options in the Settings tab of the WinZip ribbon.
  2. Open the Email tab in the settings dialog.
  3. Select your Gmail account and click Change, or click Add to configure a new Gmail account.
  4. Do not check Use 2-step verification, or uncheck it if it is already checked.
  5. Enter your Gmail account password in the Password field.

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