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This comprehensive guide walks you through creating app-specific account passwords with 2-step verification, focusing on Gmail SMTP integration. It is particularly useful for users in the Philippines who face connection difficulties.

Covered in this Article:

Create app-specific passwords for accounts with 2-step verification on:

How to enable 2-step verification:

Create app-specific passwords for accounts with 2-step verification on:

1. Go to Google.com
2. Click on your icon on the top right
3. Make sure you choose the correct Google Account that you want to integrate with

4. Click on Manage your Google Account

5. Click on Security

7. Once 2-step verification is enabled, Click on App passwords Make sure the right email is selected from the dropdown. Type password Click on Next

8. Select the app and device you want to generate the app password for:

12. On the top left

A. Search for a sub-account if you want to integrate Gmail SMTP for a location.

B. Switch to Agency View if you want to integrate Gmail SMTP across all locations in
agency settings.

https://app.gohighlevel.com/settings/email_services

13. A. Search for a sub-account if you want to integrate Gmail SMTP for a location. Once you are in the sub-account

Click on Settings at the bottom left.

14. Scroll further on the sidebar menu to Click on Email Services

15. Click on Add Service on the top right

16. Click on the dropdown to Select Provider > Select Gmail
Paste the copied App Password that we generated just now in the Password field:

17. Enter your Gmail Login Email and click Save; done!

How to enable 2-step verification:

1. Go to Google.com

2. Click on the 9 dots menu here on the top right.

3. Scroll down to click on Admin.

Go to the Main menu on the top left.

Click on Security > Authentication > 2-step verification.

Ensure the option to Allow users to turn on 2-Step Verification is enabled.

Refresh the manage your Google account page to see if 2-Step Verification shows up now:

FAQs

Q: What is the benefit of using an app-specific password for Gmail SMTP integration?

A: An app-specific password provides an additional layer of security and allows the app to
access your Gmail account without you needing to input your password each time.

Q: What is the significance of 2-step verification in the context of Gmail SMTP integration?

A: 2-step verification provides extra security to your account. When you set up an app-
specific password, Google requires that you have 2-step verification enabled to ensure
your account is protected.

Q: Why is it recommended to use a VPN while connecting to Gmail SMTP users in the Philippines?

A: A VPN can help bypass regional restrictions and add an extra layer of security when
connecting to Gmail SMTP. It might be particularly beneficial for users in certain regions
like the Philippines.

Q: Can I use the same app-specific password for multiple applications?

A: No, Google recommends creating a unique app-specific password for each application
to enhance your account’s security.

Q: What should I do if the 2-step verification option is not showing up on my Google account?

A: If the 2-step verification option is not appearing, it could mean the feature is turned off
in your Google Admin settings. You would need to contact your Google Workspace admin
to enable the option.

Q: I have enabled 2-step verification and created an app-specific password, but my integration still isn't working. What can I do?

A: Ensure you have entered the app-specific password correctly during integration. If
you’re still having issues, it’s best to contact Gmail support.

Q: Can I still use my regular Gmail password once I've set up an app- specific password?

A: Yes, you can. An app-specific password does not replace your regular password but is
used for specific apps to access your Gmail account.

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