How to Allow or Prevent Less Secure Apps From Connecting to Your Google Account

Quick and easy-to-follow guide for Google Workspace administrators

What are less secure apps

When to allow access to less secure apps

  • When you want to connect your account to another service such as Outlook, and you keep getting errors.

How to allow or block access to less secure apps step-by-step with images

Follow these steps to control whether you can connect less secure apps to your Google Workspace user account.

Step 1

How to Allow Or Prevent Less Secure Apps From Connecting To Your Google Account - Step 1

In the Google Account settings at, click Security on the left.

Step 2

How to Allow Or Prevent Less Secure Apps From Connecting To Your Google Account - Step 2

Then check the Less secure apps access section – if it says Off, click Turn on access (not recommended).

Step 3

How to Allow Or Prevent Less Secure Apps From Connecting To Your Google Account - Step 3

Click the button to the right of Allow less secure apps: to switch it to ON. 

Now you can set up third-party apps and mail clients such as Outlook.

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