Using regular gmail as email sender


I saw here that it is possible to use Google Apps for configuring email.
Is it possible to use a regular GMail account for configuring email?

Problems setting up email as admin

Unfortunately not. You need to have access to an SMTP server that you can use to send Metabase emails.

Configuring email to Metabase

I was able to use a personal Gmail. Here’s how:

  1. The very first thing you will need to do is ensure that you have 2-step verification enabled on your primary Gmail account. Important: If you don’t do this you will get an invalid password error further below when trying to authenticate your email address. So first go and enable 2-step verification.

  2. Next, you will need to generate an App password. You then use the app password in place of your personal Gmail password further below. This is the only way this process will work.

  3. Here’s the Metabase settings that you now use:
    SMTP Host:
    SMTP Port: 587
    SMTP Security: TLS
    SMTP Username: GMail account (
    SMTP Password: The App password that you previously generated


Followed these steps exactly. Didn’t work. Already using the same gmail account for a Mail Merge activity on the MS Office suite. Can’t figure where the catch is.
Please advise.