Outlook 2013 with Gmail (end of life for Exchange ActiveSync)

Integrating Outlook 2013 with Gmail just got a little more complicated. Google announced that they will cease support for Google Sync (which runs on Exchange ActiveSync technology) for new users on January 30, 2013. New Gmail accounts will not be able to use Exchange ActiveSync without a paid Google Apps account.

Here’s a workaround for integrating Outlook 2013 with Gmail.

1. Set up Outlook 2013 with Gmail IMAP to get email capabilities in Outlook.

A. Set up your Gmail acccount with IMAP.
Incoming Mail (IMAP) Server – Requires SSL
- imap.gmail.com
- Port: 993
- Requires SSL:Yes

B. Outgoing Mail (SMTP) Server – Requires TLS
- smtp.gmail.com
- Port: 465 or 587
- Requires SSL: Yes
- Requires authentication: Yes
- Use same settings as incoming mail server

C. Full Name or Display Name: [your name]

D. Account Name or User Name: [your full Gmail address] (user…@gmail.com). Google Apps users, please enter user…@your_domain.com

E. Email address:your full Gmail address (user…@gmail.com) Google Apps users, please enter user…@your_domain.com

F. Password: [your Gmail password]

2. Use the CompanionLink for Google tool to sync Outlook 2013 with Gmail.

CompanionLink will sync Outlook and Gmail contacts, calendar, and tasks. It’s available as a free trial for 14 days. Just $14.95 to buy and works on multiple PCs.

Credit steps in #1 above to Tiaan.


  • Rebecca Jayne

    i’m doing the first suggestion and it can log in, but it can not send test email. i’ve tried both setting it as pop3 and imap. any suggestions?

  • http://uncensored.citadel.org/ IGnatius T Foobar

    The best fix is to simply not use Outlook at all. It’s an outdated relic of a bygone era.

  • guilou0875

    Just create a Microsoft account with your google email. add MS account to outlook a MS activeSync, set the MS active sync as the default for the Data Files. leave you imap account the default for emails. no need to any 3 party plugins

    • RJoseph

      Can you do me a favor and expand on your advice a little bit? Where should I create the Microsoft account with my google email?

  • Ray

    I don’t have gmail setup in Outlook 2013. It would work. I think it presumes that the gmail account is already setup in Outlook 2013.

  • George W. Blomme

    The “Imap fix” mentioned above didn’t work for me. Companion Link still cannot open Outlook 2013. After Companion Link then recommends repair of Outlook 2013, Companion Link is still unable to deal with “Field Mapping” and “Outlook Folders’ in the setup. If you skip the setup and you simply “Sync” Companion Link without trying to set up the fields mentioned, it still stumbles on its inability to open Outlook 2013. Then after you repair “Outlook 2013″ again, Companion Link stumbles and says it has to close.
    Unfortunately, their online support doesn’t even provide a courtesy message of “we’re working on it” after two emails sent with all the screen shots of the error messages. What’s with them – is this actually a good product for Outlook 2013 syncing?

  • Oddmund

    Marvelous!!

  • Doc

    Worked for me. Thanks