What is gMail's Mail App Password

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    stub said: View Post
    Thank you for your reply. I'm thinking this is an inaccurate statement. I just checked 2 accounts, 1 a gmail account, and 1 using gmail due to it being added to my Google Suite. Both do not have this Mail App Password included in their settings, but I am receiving the emails from these 2 accounts into both Thunderbird and Mailbird. Both these Google Accounts Settings for these 2 email addresses also have the Thunderbird and Mailbird settings you see in my example.

    So now I'm even more perplexed. I have at least 2 accounts which don't have this Mail App Password setting and I am receiving emails from gMail. WTF is this Mail App Password?

    Let me just say. I am appreciating everybody's help with this problem.
    Do you, or, have you ever used the MS Authenticator App?

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    Edwin said: View Post
    Do you, or, have you ever used the MS Authenticator App?
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    Not to my knowledge. What is it used for? The dates first used on this Mail App Password. I was using Linux. I only got my first ever Windows Machine in approx Sep 2017 when I joined this forum. I have never used Microsoft for any mail. I've only ever used Thunderbird for email until now. About the only time I ever go anywhere near Microsoft is to login to my account when booting my Win10 machine. When I'm always asked to provide a password.
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    stub said: View Post
    I only got my first ever Windows Machine in approx Sep 2017 when I joined this forum.
    According to your picture in post 7 the Mail App Password was last used on 1st September 2017. Perhaps you tried signing in with the built in Windows 10 Mail App and then never used it again.

    I'd delete it - it hasn't been used for 18 months.
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  4.    #14

    Sorry. Got busy for a couple of days. So is it most people's opinion that I can delete Mail App Password, and Thunderbird and Mailbird will still work properly with gMail and other hosted email addresses?

    I think this Mail App Password was created when I was using Linux. What for? I have no idea. But I'd just like to be sure before I delete it.
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    stub said: View Post
    Sorry. Got busy for a couple of days. So is it most people's opinion that I can delete Mail App Password, and Thunderbird and Mailbird will still work properly with gMail and other hosted email addresses?

    I think this Mail App Password was created when I was using Linux. What for? I have no idea. But I'd just like to be sure before I delete it.
    I agree with lx07 that it likely OK to delete it. But if you delete it and you find out itís needed then you can always create another one. I do know that I had to use one to access my gmail accounts using 2013 Outlook but I donít know if the apps youíre using require one.
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    SoFine409 said: View Post
    I agree with lx07 that it likely OK to delete it. But if you delete it and you find out itís needed then you can always create another one. I do know that I had to use one to access my gmail accounts using 2013 Outlook but I donít know if the apps youíre using require one.
    Both Thunderbird and Mailbird have their own apps. Which (I think) makes this redundant. Anyone else got an opinion before I delete it (on all of my gmail accounts which have it)?
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    stub said: View Post
    Both Thunderbird and Mailbird have their own apps. Which (I think) makes this redundant. Anyone else got an opinion before I delete it (on all of my gmail accounts which have it)?
    This may help you understand App Specific Passwords for Gmail here is what happened to me. I use Outlook 2013 and had POP accounts with Cox Cable. When I signed up for email accounts with Google and tried to set them up as IMAP in Outlook they couldn’t login. Google considers Outlook to be not secure so instead of using the password I selected when I signed up with Google they made me get another password specific only to Outlook on my PC. You could check your other two mail apps to see if the passwords they match your sign in that you use to login to Google. If they match then they’re not app specific and you can delete the app specific passwords. Hope the helps you.
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  8.    #18

    OK. I bit the bullet and deleted Mail App Password from all my google accounts which had it, and made sure Thunderbird and Mailbird apps both has access to all my gmail accounts. So lets see how we get on over the next day or two
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