How to Add a Non-Google Email Account to Gmail on Android


Many moons ago, Google included both a Gmail app and a stock email app (for non-Gmail accounts) in Android. While many third-party manufacturers still include standalone email applications, Gmail now works with any kind of third-party email account that supports IMAP, so you can handle all your emails in one place. It’s almost like having your cake and eating it too.

To add a non-Gmail account to the Gmail app, first tap the hamburger menu or swipe from the left side of the screen in Gmail, opening the menu.


From here, tap your name/email address, which will open the drop down to change, add, and manage accounts. Tap the “Add account” button.

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The next screen will give you a list of options: Google, Outlook, Hotmail, Live, Yahoo, Exchange, and Other. Just select the one that best applies to what you’re trying to add—I’m using a Live email address in this example, but the process should be basically the same across the board (unless you’re setting up a corporate email address with specific settings, of course).


In our test scenario, this opens a Microsoft login window, but the idea is going to be the same across all accounts: sign in.


The next screen will likely require you to grant Gmail access to your account, then ask you to confirm the sync frequency. In our example, push services aren’t available, so it’ll just sync email on a regular schedule.

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From there, just confirm your name and that’s it—you’re ready to roll!


If you have multiple email accounts across multiple services, the option to manage them all in one app is great. And when that app is Gmail, it’s even better—Google’s approach to email is arguably the best, so having the option to incorporate some of its nicer features into other services is always welcome.

Also, bring me a slice of that cake when you’re finished.

Cameron Summerson is a die-hard Android fan, Chicago Bulls fanatic, metalhead, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at HTG, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, spinning legs on the bike, chugging away on the 6-string, or being disappointed in the Bulls.