Gmail SMTP options with sunsetting of app passwords

I (among others I imagine) use Gmail/Google Workspace’s SMTP servers to send emails from Quickfile through app-passwords (I use 2-factor-authentication for all my Google accounts, as everyone should in this day and age). This has been working great for the last few years, but given an email I recently received from google I think this may stop being the case in the near future. The key part of the email is copied here:

Dear Administrator,

We’re writing to remind you that as we previously shared in this blog post and in an email sent in mid-January, we’ll be turning off access to less secure apps (LSA) — non-Google apps that can access Google accounts with only a username and password (basic authentication) — starting June 15, 2024.

What do you need to know?

Access through basic authentication makes accounts more vulnerable to hijacking attempts. Moving forward, only apps that support a more modern and secure access method called OAuth will be able to access Google Workspace accounts.

Access to LSAs will be turned off in two stages:

  1. Beginning June 15, 2024 - The LSA settings will be removed from the Admin console and can no longer be changed. Enabled users can connect after that time, but disabled users will no longer be able to access LSAs. This includes all third-party apps that require password-only access to Gmail, Google Calendar, Contacts via protocols such as CalDAV, CardDAV, IMAP, SMTP, and POP.The IMAP enable/disable settings will be removed from users’ Gmail settings.If you’ve been using LSAs prior to this date, you can continue using them until September 30, 2024.
  2. Beginning September 30, 2024 - Access to LSAs will be turned off for all Google Workspace accounts. CalDAV, CardDAV, IMAP, and POP will no longer work when signing in with just a password — you will need to login with a more secure type of access called OAuth.

I can foresee this being an issue to many users and would like to know what route Quickfile recommend to continue being able to send email through Google’s SMTP service given the impending changes.


// Robb

Hi @Robb_Gosset

Google will still support app passwords so you’ll be able to continue to use these with QuickFile.

I hope this provides some reassurance

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