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How to fix WP Mail SMTP Gmail error on sending Test Email

for Gmail users

When you are setting up your SMTP configuration, and when doing a testing you might ran into an issue that says bool(false) even though you entered all the informations correctly. Lets see how we can fix this.

Select My Account from your Gmail account

My Account button in your Gmail logged in page - image
Figure 1: Screenshot of the Gmail mail page with dropdown of the user profile.

In the My Account page, Click the Apps with account access.

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Figure 2: Screenshot of the Gmail user accounts page.

Turn on Allow less secure apps

Turning on Allow less secure apps - image
Figure 3: Screenshot of the Gmail Apps with account access page to turning on the Allow less secure apps.

After you turn on the Allow less secure app option, you might get a mail from google. This is just a security mail.

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Figure 4: Screenshot of the security email message received in the Gmail.

Now go to WordPress Dashboard and under Settings go to WP Mail SMTP or Email (for older version) and try again with ‘Send Test’. It should work now and you get a result as bool(true)

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Figure 5: Screenshot of the WP Mail SMTP settings page.
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