Set up Gmail on Android

The instructions and screenshots in this setup guide are for the Gmail app, which is the native email client for most Android devices.

You can easily add your Fastmail account to Gmail using the setup guide in the Settings → Import & Setup screen. The general setup instructions are below.

Gmail needs its own app password to access your information. If you use your normal password or your Fastmail two step verification password in Gmail, syncing won't work and you will see a password error.

  1. Open the Gmail app.

    • If you don't already have an account set up, the Welcome to Gmail screen appears.

      Gmail app welcome message

      Skip and tap on Add an email address.

      Screen which allows you to add email address

    • Otherwise, open the app's menu, scroll down to Settings and then tap Add Account.

      Gmail app menu bar

  2. On the Set up email screen, tap on Other.

    Screen which shows various email providers

  3. Enter your email address: this is your full Fastmail username, including the domain. Tap Next.

    Screen to enter you email address

  4. Tap Personal (IMAP).

    Screen which allows you to choose between IMAP, POP and Exchange

  5. Enter your app password. (What's an app password?)

    Screen to enter your App-Password

  6. Set the server settings for incoming mail.

    • The server is imap.fastmail.com
    • The username and password fields should be filled in. The password is your app password. (What's an app password?)

      Screen to enter incoming server settings

  7. Set the server settings for outgoing mail.

    • The server is smtp.fastmail.com
    • The username and password fields should be filled in. The password is your app password. (What's an app password?)

    Screen to enter outgoing server settings

  8. Adjust the synchronization and notification settings.

    Screen to adjust Synchronisation and Notification settings

  9. Set the account options and enter your name. You're ready to go!