Ok, flash post today.

Today at 1:30 AM PST, Gmail suddenly stopped working. It seems it is unreachable. Google Apps linked applications are also NOT working.


Google’s Gmail support team says the following :

We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a number of users. This problem occurred at approximately 1.30AM Pacific Time. We’re working hard to resolve this problem and will post updates as we have them. We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused.”

Anyway, for all those who are experiencing technical problems accessing Gmail or Gmail is absolutely not working, there is a simple workaround :


What is IMAP? Using Gmail with IMAP means: using Gmail with Outlook Express, Thunderbird, Mail, iPhone MAIL, or any other IMAP client.

These are some valuable links  to configure the main mail clients with GMAIL via IMAP:




Anyway, to configure any client with GMAIL, the required settings are the following:

Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server – requires SSL:
Use SSL: Yes
Port: 993
Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server – requires TLS: (use authentication)
Use Authentication: Yes
Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL)
Port: 465 or 587
Account Name: your full email address (including Google Apps users, please enter
Email Address: your full Gmail email address ( Google Apps users, please enter
Password: your Gmail password

Anyway, I’m pretty sure everything is gonna be alright in a couple of hours…


As usual, I hope this is helpful to somebody.

27 thoughts on “Gmail NOT WORKING it’s UNAVAIABLE USE IMAP

  1. I don’t get it. Mine was working fine on that day, except for google chat. Weird! I so wanted to participate in that “my-gmail-is-not-working” crisis. 😛

  2. greetings…i think i’m a geek of another in “slowww”er than usual to learn..which makes matters all the more grievous.
    i only have this computer because of my grandsons..and if they could read they could help me out..

    but here i am..up in Canada. I’ve just switched to gmail..and was most happy for the first month..and now i’m wondering ‘what have i done’??? and how do i undo this mess. There’s no one to call, which is what i’m used i sit here in the dark hoping maybe you can shed some lite on the matter.

    i read your IMAP ‘how to’..but lost my nerve because it’s just me and the dog..and if i make matters worse with my dyslexic brain..then what???

    hoping you know..joanne,,with thankx

  3. This is happening to me today, April 14th, 09… I’m glad i found this post, b/c I wouldn’t know what to do otherwise!!


  4. Mine’s not working at all… can’t even open the page. It was like this yesterday too…

  5. my gmail hasn’t worked for the past 2/3 days…what can i do?

  6. From New Zealand. Mine just stopped about June 20th. I was having problems with the top delete button for a few weeks prior.
    Thankfully a few months earlier I had bought a Mac and was able to change to Safari which saved our business. I had decided to use GMail after having spam attacks on my PC.
    It does not matter whether its free or not. why don’t they come out with an explanation. And now companies are suggesting we use their office products etc on the web.
    I don’t think so

  7. Gmail will not load at all everything else will. I tried explorer,crome and firefox. tried several things but still no luck. It works fine on my wireless laptop but not the pc

  8. Sadly the simple workaround to gmail not working involves getting to gmail settings. I once told my friend that I’d locked my keys in the car and he said “so open the door and get them!”…

  9. i’m using thunderbird NOW and it’s grabbing all my gmail, w/o me having to get into gmail ahead of time to do anything to my settings. it’s SUCH a huge help. thank you!!!!!!!!

  10. my gmail has not loaded for the past 2-3 days…what is going on?

  11. Hello,
    just to make something clear I am NOT a Google or Gmail empolyee, nor a memeber of the Google support helpdesk therefore I don’t know what is happening to Gmail or anyone of your mailboxes, so It’s pretty useless to tell me your stuffs… anyway…
    If Gmail will undergo another Denial Of Service, google says any update will be posted here :

    So, make sure you read it before attempting any recovery effort.

    Best wishes.

  12. When I try to access my gmail and it just keeps saying “redirecting” and a clicking sound this happened suddenly on Friday morning when everything was working and ok. I still cannot access my gmail

  13. When I try to access my gmail account i found lot of problem…What to do tell me i have urgent work

  14. Well, it’s a common stuff this time.
    If Gmail is not working USE IMAP => USE THIS GUIDE !

    you’re wellcome

  15. Strange!!!!! I was facing problem to open GMail from last 3days..then I tried to open through HotSpot Shield and it opens. Now if I again come out of hot spot shield it freezes even gmail page does not open..keeps on loading and that’s all..same in IE and FireFox…What is this????, can anyone advise? Thanks.

  16. OK I read the “how to on IMAP” sounds pretty easy however I cant set it up unless I open my gmail page to switch it on. WTF gmail??? I need to access my mail? I dont know why I bother to post my email above when I CANT GET IN???

  17. Oct 31,, 2010 I haven’t had gmail for several weeks now. First I thought it was because google wasn’t loading. But if I click on anything else in google it comes up. So it isn’t google. With all the comments above I can not believe Goggle hasn’t done anything. I would quit google too if I knew what else to use. I have Windowsxp use Firefox. It has always worked before and never had any trouble. I tried deleting Firefox and reloaded it and that didn’t help at all. Then I read all these comments for clear back from 2009 and Goggle still has done NOTHING!! Way to go google. I think you will be losing lots of customers. Even if it is free, it is not worth all this hassel!

    And it is hilarious! check beloww for follow up comments vie email????? No one can get into their email stupid!!!

  18. Hello… I have downloaded and instaled Hotspot Sheild without any errors.. When I activate it, again, I have no problem… But then, when I try and use my Gmail Chat, it doesn’t work.. As in, my Gmail totally freezes and I can’t use Hotspot to call anyone in USA or Canada….. Please help me…

    Thank you,


  19. every time i try to retrieve my email it says internet explorer can not display the webpage

  20. Hello guys,
    Gmail not working properly due problem occur like gmail outage or disruption. This problem affecting number of user.They lost there mail and there accounts.
    To prevent such loss you must take regular backup.Because if we have backup of our all important mail, we don’t need to bother for any kind of loss.
    One simple tool for backup your mail “Beyondinbox”.–how-to-backup-emails-from-imap-account.html

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