How do I access Kent State Gmail via my web browser, email software or mobile device?

Students, faculty, and staff at Kent State University will have a Google Apps account created for them once they have been officially accepted at the university.

Most faculty and staff will not have access to Gmail as they have an Exchange email account. Clicking the Email icon in FlashLine will instead launch Outlook Web Access (for Exchange users) in a separate window.

Note that in order to log into your Kent State Gmail or Exchange, you must have changed your password from the default.


Ways to Access Your Kent State Gmail

1.  Via the Web by logging into FlashLine and clicking the Email icon.  Once you login to FlashLine, click on the Email icon, this icon will launch your Gmail in a separate window.

2. Configure an application on your computer or device to connect with Gmail following the tutorial here: *Be sure to choose “I want to enable IMAP”

For all other supported clients, use the generic settings that follow:

Configuring Your Kent State Gmail for a Third-Party Email Client

Step 1.  Make sure the account has IMAP enabled:

Please note that if your client does not support SMTP authentication, you won't be able to send mail through your client using your Gmail address.

    A.  Sign in to your Kent State Gmail.

    B.  Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of any Gmail page, and open the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab.

    C.  Make sure IMAP is enabled.

    D.  Click Save Changes.

Step 2.  Configure your client to match the settings below:


Incoming Mail (IMAP)

Server - requires SSL:

Use SSL:  Yes

IMAP Port: 993

Outgoing Mail (SMTP)

Server - requires TLS: (use authentication)

Use Authentication: Yes

Use STARTTLS: Yes (some clients call this SSL)

Port: 465 or 587

Account Name:

your full email address (including

Email Address:

your email address



Your FlashLine password

If you are having trouble sending mail but you have confirmed that encryption is active for SMTP in your mail client, try to configure your SMTP server on a different port: 465 or 587.

Step 3.  You are now ready to use IMAP with your Kent State Gmail address.

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POSTED: Thursday, June 30, 2016 12:38 PM
UPDATED: Saturday, December 03, 2022 01:02 AM