Sometimes Google may block sign-in attempts from certain apps or devices which do not use standard security protocols because these apps and devices are easier to break or hack. Blocking these apps or devices helps keep your account safe.
Some examples of apps that do not have the latest security standards set by Google are:
- The Mail app on your iPhone or iPad with iOS 6 or below.
- The Mail app on your Windows phone preceding the 8.1 release.
- Some Desktop mail clients like Microsoft Outlook and Mozilla Thunderbird.
If you will try to sign in to these apps you may get an error message of “Incorrect Password” or in outlook you can get an error message which may look like this.
Still if you want to sign in to your Google account for these applications, you need to allow less secure apps on your Google account from any other device on which it works fine.
Step 1: Login to Google account using a web browser
Step 2: Click on the drop down given with your email id and go to “My account”
Step 3: Click on “Sign-in & Security”
Step 4: Click on “Connected apps and sites”. Now turn on the switch given in the right of “Allow less secure apps”
After configuring these settings, you will be able to use Google account on less secure apps or on the devices on which previously you were facing an issue
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