G Suite: IMAP/Server Settings

If you’d like to download your George Fox Google e-mail to a client, first, you'll need to enable IMAP in Gmail. Once IMAP is enabled, follow the configuration instructions for your client of choice. Currently, only the clients listed on Google’s site are supported for IMAP. If you'd like to download your GFU e-mail messages with a different client, please check to see if it's on Google’s list of supported POP clients.

Enable IMAP in your Gmail settings

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. Click the Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 2.07.17 PM.pnggear in the top right.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  5. Select Enable IMAP.
  6. Click Save Changes.

Leaving George Fox University?  Go to the bottom of this page for more information.

You can use the following information to configure IMAP with many e-mail clients. 

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server - requires SSL:


Use SSL: Yes

Port: 993

Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server - requires TLS:

smtp.gmail.com (use authentication)

Use Authentication: Yes

Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL)

Port: 465 or 587

Account Name:

your full GFU e-mail address (username@georgefox.edu) 

E-mail Address:

your full GFU e-mail address (username@georgefox.edu) 


your GFU password

Please note that if your client does not support SMTP authentication, you won't be able to send mail through your client using your George Fox Google e-mail address.

Also, if you're having trouble sending mail but you've confirmed that encryption is active for SMTP in your mail client, try to configure your SMTP server on a different port: 465 or 587.

Recommended IMAP client settings

All IMAP clients differ, and you can configure your mail client's settings to best suit your needs. However, to work optimally with George Fox Google E-mail, we recommend certain settings. Use this URL to go to Google’s site for more information:


Leaving the University?

You can set up an IMAP client and download all your George Fox emails.  When your George Fox email account is no longer active you will still be able to view your past emails on your client.  Once your George Fox email account is no longer active you will not be able to download any future emails but will retain the emails you have to that point.  Allow a couple of days for this process to make sure you get everything you want.  You can also transfer your email to a personal Gmail account by adding it as an additional account on Apple Mail.  This will create separate email folders for each account on the Mail program and you can copy emails from one account to the other.  This process takes time depending on how many emails you have.

Questions? Contact the Service Desk | servicedesk@georgefox.edu | 503-554-2569