Gmail Fix: Web Login Required (Failure)

E-mail Client: Thunderbird 2.x
Method of Access to Gmail: IMAP
SSL Enabled? Yes

Problem: If you’ve ever been using Gmail and accessing it via IMAP and run into the error “Web login required (failure),” you know that you’re not a happy Gmail user.

What’s the solution? Gmail » Settings » Browser Connection > Always use https

Gmail IMAP: Web Login Required (failure)

Then, close down the email client and start it back up. It should be all cleared up and you should be able to send mail again.

By jonathan on February 25, 2009 · Posted in Google Products

6 Comments | Post Comment

Rodney says:

Only works for about 10 minutes, then the captcha site fix has to be done again. gmail imap is becoming increasingly frustrating and unusable

Posted on February 25th, 2009

Jonathan Dingman says:

I had this issue this morning, I did the steps above, and haven’t had an issue since.

After doing some research, even the captcha step didn’t help that much.

Hopefully the Gmail team will fix this sooner than later.

Posted on February 25th, 2009

Angelo Patrick says:

Hmmm problems in captcha. Thanks for Sharing.

Posted on October 4th, 2011

Sorin says:

hello, the same problem in my side but right now every think work ok.

Posted on October 4th, 2011

Peso Ideal de la mujer says:

old post but is very usefull gmail gmail its now perfectly for me

Posted on October 7th, 2011

polocanada says:

Here is the correct response:

Closed all mail clients you’re using to read Gmail messages. (If you
use one at work and one at home, please closed both.)
From the computer on which your logins are failing, visit
Enter your Gmail username and password, and the letters in the
distorted picture.
Once you have successfully logged in, restart your mail client and try
to download your mail.


Posted on December 4th, 2011