Add Gmail Account In Metro Mail App In Windows 8

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on March 2, 2012


As most of us know windows 8 consumer preview is out for public release, if you are interested in using windows 8 then you can download it from here. We have already written an extensive guide on all things you need to know if you are considering installing windows 8 on your new or old computer, you can read it here. Today we will tell you how to add gmail account in metro mail app in windows 8

Metro Mail app which comes preinstalled in windows 8 as if now you can add Hotmail and it supports e-mail services that use Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) including and Gmail. There is currently no support for any other POP or IMAP account like Verizon and Metro mail app.

connect google gmail account

Now as shown in the image above, click Google to  connect a gmail account with the metro mail app in windows 8. The configuration and setup is really simple as it just takes a minute or so and you just need to enter the gmail username and password to setup as shown in the image below.


add gmail account in windows 8

Once connected you can easily read the emails from your gmail account with this cool new mail app in windows 8, which fetches the emails from gmail pretty quick and provides a cool sleek interface. Right clicking anywhere on the mail app shows some options to check the emails accounts connected, navigate to folders in gmail or see all the labels and folders in gmail with move option shown in the right bottom corner.

windows 8 metro mail app screenshot


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Bart March 3, 2012 at 11:39 pm

I just simply can not connect with my gmail acc. Any ideas?

Adrian March 9, 2012 at 5:25 am

I get a new windows telling me to also enter Server Address, domain and username (so, all in all 5 fields). Wtf /:

Adrian March 9, 2012 at 5:34 am

I believe this is because I have 2-step verification activated and windows 8 has no way to let google ask me to add the windows 8 mail client to it’s allowed applications list.

Bob March 19, 2012 at 11:15 pm

How did you get to this Add email accounts screen? I search “add email account” within W8CP and got nothing. I have one account setup and have no idea how to get back there. When I open Mail, it just has the word “Accounts” across the top and no longer show me my mail accounts.

Matthew Bramer March 28, 2012 at 6:22 am

I had the same issue on my box. I solved it by putting my cursor in the top right of the screen while within the Mail app. Click on the settings and then Accounts. It’s a very bad UX design, but that’s all we have so far. Hopefully that’s not overlooked b/c it’s very difficult to find.


ScottM March 28, 2012 at 7:02 pm

After initially adding an account on the left accounts pane the add other accounts list disappears from the bottom of the pane. To continue adding accounts use the right side charms bar to get add accounts back. on my tablet i just swipe from the right edge left <–|–

Arun March 29, 2012 at 5:45 pm

To add new email account, Go to app called mail first. Go to the right most corner of your screen there u will find settings click on it then accounts then add new account that’s hit. Enjoy :-)

Alex April 27, 2012 at 2:08 am

For those who use the 2-step verification, all what they need is to create a new Application-specific password. It type it instead of default one. That’s it!

Cristian June 16, 2012 at 7:20 pm

For people with 2-step verification enabled, you can generate application specific passwords on google 2-step verification page

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