Technical guide to set smtp configuration with app password

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Man using laptop to access email

The Role of App Passwords in Email Services:
Different mail providers utilize app passwords to enhance security and facilitate access to email accounts through third-party applications. These app-specific passwords are particularly necessary for apps that lack support for modern authentication methods like OAuth 2.0. By generating unique passwords for each application, providers like Gmail, Yahoo, and Outlook can mitigate the risk of a single password compromise granting access to the entire account.

 
 

Creating an app password for Gmail

What you'll need: To create an app password, you'll need a valid Gmail account. I'll assume you do have 2FA/2-step verification enabled and are looking to connect an app to Gmail. If not Go to https://myaccount.google.com/security and scroll down to 'How you sign in to Google' section. Find 2-Step Verification and open it and Follow the instruction to enable it.
google 2-step verification section

Go to My Account/App Passwords

Point your web browser to https://myaccount.google.com/apppasswords. Even though you just logged in to your account, you'll most likely be prompted to type your account password again.

Create your app password

At the bottom of the page, you should see a input box, titled with "App name". I would suggest naming the app password for the app or service you'll use it for. After naming the app password, click CREATE button.

Google app password create section

Copy your new app password

After you click CREATE button, a new pop-up window will appear giving your new app password. Copy that password so you can use it for the third-party app or service you want to connect to Gmail. Once you have the password copied, click DONE.

It's very important to understand that these app passwords can only be viewed once. After clicking DONE, you won't be able to view the password again, which is why it's important to copy the password and use it immediately. I would suggest not clicking DONE until you know the app password works for the app or service you want to connect to your Gmail.

 

 
 

Creating an app password for Outlook

To create an app password for outlook first login with your account.

Note: If your two-step verification is disabled. You can ignore the app password generate process. You can use your generic account password for the smtp configuration.

After login you'll see a navigation bar in the top of the page. Click on the right top corner navigation item to open a pop up for profile navigation.

Navigation bar of outlook

In the pop up you'll see a item "My Microsoft account", click on it to navigate account page.

profile navigation pop up

In the account dashboard page you have a navigation in the left. From the navigation items select security.
microsoft account page

In security page you'll have 4 items. Find "Advance security options" from the items. Click on "Get started"

microsoft secutrity page

Now scroll down to the new page and find "Additional security" section and confirm that you have Two-step verification enabled.

Outlook security page two step verification section

If you have Two-step verification enabled. Then you should see the App passwords section. Click on "Create a new app password" to create an app password.

Outlook security page app password section

When you click on the "Create a new app password", you will need to prove your identity. Once you do, you will get the new password.

App password generated page

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on done make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Done" button.

 
 

Creating an app password for Hotmail

To create an app password for Hotmail first login with your account.

Note: If your two-step verification is disabled. You can ignore the app password generate process. You can use your generic account password for the smtp configuration.

After login you'll see a navigation bar in the top of the page. Click on the right top corner navigation item to open a pop up for profile navigation.

Navigation bar of outlook

In the pop up you'll see a item "My Microsoft account", click on it to navigate account page.

profile navigation pop up

In the account dashboard page you have a navigation in the left. From the navigation items select security.
microsoft account page

In security page you'll have 4 items. Find "Advance security options" from the items. Click on "Get started"

microsoft secutrity page

Now scroll down to the new page and find "Additional security" section and confirm that you have Two-step verification enabled.

Outlook security page two step verification section

If you have Two-step verification enabled. Then you should see the App passwords section. Click on "Create a new app password" to create an app password.

Outlook security page app password section

When you click on the "Create a new app password", you will need to prove your identity. Once you do, you will get the new password.

App password generated page

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on done make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Done" button.

 
 

Creating an app password for Office 365

To create an app password for office 365 first login with your account.

Note: If your two-step verification is disabled. You can ignore the app password generate process. You can use your generic account password for the smtp configuration.

After login you'll see a navigation bar in the top of the page. Click on the right top corner navigation item to open a pop up for profile navigation.

Navigation bar of outlook

In the pop up you'll see a item "My Microsoft account", click on it to navigate account page.

profile navigation pop up

In the account dashboard page you have a navigation in the left. From the navigation items select security.
microsoft account page

In security page you'll have 4 items. Find "Advance security options" from the items. Click on "Get started"

microsoft secutrity page

Now scroll down to the new page and find "Additional security" section and confirm that you have Two-step verification enabled.

Outlook security page two step verification section

If you have Two-step verification enabled. Then you should see the App passwords section. Click on "Create a new app password" to create an app password.

Outlook security page app password section

When you click on the "Create a new app password", you will need to prove your identity. Once you do, you will get the new password.

App password generated page

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on done make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Done" button.

 
 

Creating an app password for Yahoo

To create an app password for Yahoo, first you have to login to your yahoo account and go to security page.

1. You can login here to go to the security page directly: Click here

2. After logging in scroll down to find 'How you sign in to Yahoo' section, check if the 2FA/2-Step Verification is enabled or not. The 2FA/2-Step Verification must be enabled in order to generate an app password.

yahoo 2-step verification section

3. If it’s already enabled, you can proceed with the generate of an app password. If not, you need to enable the 2FA/2-Step Verification first. To enable 2FA/2-Step Verification click on Manage and follow the further steps.

2-step-verification-manage

4. Once enabled, you can proceed with the creating app password.

generate yahoo app password

5. After that you should see a pop up to get started with generating app password. Click on 'Get Started'.

get started with generate app password

6. Now you need to enter a name in the 'App name' input field for the app password to remembering where you are using it and click on 'Generate password'.

app name input to generate app password

7. It will generate the app password that you will be needing to access the account from the 3rd party apps. In this case, it is the Something. Copy the password and store it as it will not show up again and click on 'Done'.

genrated app password

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on done make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Done" button.

 

Creating an app password for Zohomail

To create an app password for Zohomail, first you have to login to your Zoho mail account and go to security page.

1. You can login here to go to the security page directly: Click here

zohomail-security-app-password-section

2. You'll see a "Application-Specific Passwords" in this page. Now click on "Generate New Password" button.

zohomail application specific password section for creating app password

3. Now a pop will appear. In that pop up you have to put the app name in the input and then click on "Generate" button.zohomail application name form for gerate app specific password

4. Creating application specific password is a sensitive operation. That's why sometime you should see another small pop up with a message and a link to verify your self. you have to click on the pop up's "click here" link and verify your self before you can generate your app password.
zohomail-security-check-before-genrate-app-password

5. Now you will see the app password that you will need to access the account from the 3rd party apps. Copy the password and store it as it will not show up again and click on 'Close' button.
zohomail-after-app-password-create

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on close make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Close" button.
 

 

Creating an app password for Aol

To create an app password for Aol, first you have to login to your Aol account and go to security page.

1. You can login here to go to the security page directly: Click here

2. After logging in scroll down to find 'How you sign in to Aol' section, check if the 2FA/2-Step Verification is enabled or not. The 2FA/2-Step Verification must be enabled in order to generate an app password.

aol-2-step-verification-check

3. If it’s already enabled, you can proceed with the generate of an app password. If not, you need to enable the 2FA/2-Step Verification first. To enable 2FA/2-Step Verification click on Manage and follow the further steps.
aol-2-step-verification-manage

4. Once enabled, you can proceed with the creating app password.

aol-generate-app-password

5. After that you should see a pop up to get started with generating app password. Click on 'Get Started'.

aol-get-started-with-app-password-gnerate

6. Now you need to enter a name in the 'App name' input field for the app password to remembering where you are using it and click on 'Generate password'.

aol-app-password-first-step-app-name

7. It will generate the app password that you will be needing to access the account from the 3rd party apps. In this case, it is the Something. Copy the password and store it as it will not show up again and click on 'Done'.

aol-after-genrate-app-password

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on done make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Done" button.

Creating an app password for Yandex

To create an app password for Yandex, first you have to login to your Yandex account management page. click here 

1. From the account management dashboard left navbar select "Security"

yandex-account-management-dashboard

2. Scroll down at the end of the security page. You'll see "Access to your data section" with App Passwords option. Click on App Passwords.

yandex-account-security-page-app-password-section

3. From the app passwords page select for which type of data access you want to create the app password. Click on "Email Adress".

yandex-app-password-create-options-page

4. Now a pop up will appear with a input box to put the App name where you'll use the app password and select "Next".

yandex-app-name-form-for-app-password

5. Now you will see the app password that you will need to access the account from the 3rd party apps. Copy the password and store it as it will not show up again and click on 'Close' button.

yandex-app-password-created-popup

You're all set to use the app password. Before click on "Close" make sure that you have copied your app password. Either you'll be not able to check the password again. 
Now click on "Close" button.

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