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How to Use Your Gmail Account as Your Email Sender via SMTP

How to Use Your Gmail Account as Your Email Sender via SMTP

In hindsight, Gmail SMTP seems to be easy to use. But a lot of people are struggling on how to make it work and they experience difficulty in finding the lacking element that should allow their Gmail accounts to send emails using SMTP. Here are the steps that you need to accomplish in order for you to be able to use your Gmail account as an email sender for JotForm email alerts:

1. Log in to your Gmail account

2. Go to

Google requires the account to have "Less Secure Apps" enabled before it can allow the email account to be accessed by a 3rd party

3. Turn on the access for less secure apps. 

Once done, you should receive an email regarding the enabling of access for less secure apps.

Note that if two-step verification is enabled for your Gsuite or Gmail account, Less Secure App is unavailable for use. See below message:

You will have to get an App-Specific Password for JotForm for the SMTP to work. To do so, please follow the steps below:

a. Go to You may be asked to sign in to your Google Account. Make sure to sign in to the correct account. 

b. Select Mail from the list of App available

c. Select Other from the device list

d. Enter your Custom Name. You can put JotForm in it.

e. Click the Generate button

f. Copy and save the password to your computer.

g. Click the Done button, and that's it.

You need to save the password for future use. Otherwise, you'll have to generate a new one again since Google does not allow you to view the password once you click the Done button. 

4. Proceed to My Account > Settings. Or you can visit this link directly:

 5. Click the Add Sender Email button.

6. Enter the following information:

     Email Address: [your email address]

     SMTP Details:


     Port: 587

     Username: [your gmail address]

     Password: [your gmail password] or [App Specific Password]

     Security Protocol: TLS

7. If you are done, click the Send Test Email button to confirm that everything is working. If it works, click the Add Email button. Otherwise, correct the details.

Once done, it should let you send JotForm email alerts using your Gmail account.

Related Guide: How to Setup SMTP for a Form.


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    it will not steal gmail password.
    is it secure for any company?

  • Amanda

    I have actually used a gmail plugin called GMass for sending automated emails and it's actually pretty good... except that I did get my email address banned for a short period of time for sending too many emails with that plugin. HAHA.

    I would honestly just recommend to peeps to get an autoresponder software. Plus, when you use an autoresponder you usually have a custom email which looks way more professional.
    I did a Youtube video on how to set the entire thing up. it's on The Entrepreneur Shack channel.

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  • VReum

    I had this set up and working, but then I needed to change my email password today. I have tried everything and can't get it working again. :-( Can you please help?

  • tuya

    I did all what you said.But email is still going to my jetform not into my
    It says
    Sender Emails
    Add Sender Email
    Form CachesClear Cache
    Bounce List
    when i check bounce list it says your email is not in bounce list.
    what can i do now?

  • gaston

    Hi, I am trying to set up the auto responder of my forms to go through my Gmail business email account using SMTP. I do not want my clients to receive the auto response from jotform (as the sender).

    However when I test the auto response the sender is still Jotform. I tried several times and read some of the forum discussions but I am not able to solve this problem.

    Could you please help me to fix this problem?

    I appreciate any help in advance.

    Thank you,

  • bdirdiv_ddec

    Hello i try this procedure but no changing all notification are sending from noreply.jotform
    Please Help me