How to Disable Gmail's Mobile Access

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Gmail's Internet Message Access Protocol, or IMAP, allows you to remotely access your Gmail email messages from any mobile device. The service is turned on so you can retrieve email from your mobile phone, but it also lets anyone who knows your password also access your emails remotely. You disable the mobile access in the main account settings in the Gmail application.

  • Open your Web browser. You can set up your Gmail account from any Web browser.

  • Navigate to the Gmail homepage and log into the account you wish to edit. All of your email loads, and your account name is shown at the top right of your Web browser window.

  • Click the "Wheel" icon directly to the right of your account name. A drop-down menu opens. Click "Mail Settings" to open the Gmail configuration window.

  • Click the "Forwarding and POP/IMAP" tab. This tab displays the settings for client software and mobile phone access.

  • Click "Disable IMAP" in the IMAP Session section. Click the "Save Changes" button to save the changes to your Gmail software. You can no longer access Gmail from a mobile device.

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