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Thomas UnderwoodBy Thomas Underwood 🕘 Updated on January 3, 2024 at 9:00 am

An App Password gives permission to a non-Google app to access Google's SMTP server. App Passwords can only be used with accounts that have 2-step verification turned on.

Manage Google settings

To use Google's SMTP server for sending email with Automation Workshop or Command Line Email, follow the very simple set-up process…

Sign in using App Passwords
Gmail help · Sign in using App Passwords

Open Google Account Security settings. Select 2-Step Verification option from the How to sign in to Google section.

2-Step Verification
How you sign in to Google · 2-Step Verification

Select App passwords option (at the very bottom of the page).

App passwords
Google Account · 2-Step Verification · App passwords

Now, we are ready to set-up an App password…

Create App password

Click on the Select App field, and choose the Other (Custom name) option.

Select the app and device you want to generate the app password for
App passwords · Select app · Other (Custom name)

Enter an easily recognizable name, and click the Generate button.

Generate App password
App passwords · Generate

Write down the generated App password. From now on, for the SMTP settings use this 16-character password (without spaces) along with your complete Gmail address.

Generated app password
Generated app password

To further manage (revoke, add more, etc.) your App passwords, use the same App passwords Google Account settings page.

Google App passwords
Your app passwords


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