Why does Outlook keep asking for my Gmail password?

I created a new Gmail account last year.  When I attempted to set up Outlook 2007 to handle my messages, I failed.  I did everything by the book, or so I thought, but nothing worked.  Outlook kept prompting me for my password.

The solution

I came across the solution that I had to reset my CAPTCHA.  This explanation is posted on the Google site under “Common Errors”:  https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=86376#

If you use two step verification on your gmail account, resetting you CAPTCHA will not be enough to get it working.

You must also Create an Application Specific Password.

I missed this step the first time around, so I thought I’d share it here as just one resource available to you.  I do not know if all of this information was available the first time I tried this a year ago, or if I just simply overlooked it.  But in case anyone else is having the same difficulties, here it is.  Enjoy!

One thought on “Why does Outlook keep asking for my Gmail password?

  1. thank you thank you thank you so much! I searched high and low for the problem of my outlook prompting and prompting me for a password without telling me the problem, when my other email account just worked fine, and this email account also worked online via gmail, but not in outlook. it makes sense, I was prompted on gmail to complete the 2-step verification, but of course it never warned me that that meant i had to to back generate that application specific code. you saved me from a lot of headaches, thanks!!

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