Gmail IMAP Invalid Credentials or Web Login Requires (Failure) Error

If you access your gmail through imap and try to setup a mobile phone (such as the iPhone) you may get the error:

“Your IMAP server wishes to alert you to the following: Invalid credentials (Failure)”

To fix this you need to bypass the Google CAPTCHA using the following address

https://www.google.com/accounts/DisplayUnlockCaptcha

Once you have logged in here your imap connection should work.

Note: For Google Apps users visit https://www.google.com/a/yourdomain.com/UnlockCaptcha instead (with yourdomain.com being your Google Apps domain.)

Remember to use imap with Google mail you need to use SSL with port 993

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