Gmail Fix: Web Login Required (Failure)

Posted by jonathan at 5:07pm EST on 02/25/2009

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.

6 Responses to “Gmail Fix: Web Login Required (Failure)”

  1. Rodney

    Feb 25th, 2009

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

    • Jonathan Dingman

      Feb 25th, 2009

      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.

  2. Angelo Patrick

    Oct 4th, 2011

    Hmmm problems in captcha. Thanks for Sharing.

  3. Sorin

    Oct 4th, 2011

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

  4. Peso Ideal de la mujer

    Oct 7th, 2011

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

  5. polocanada

    Dec 4th, 2011

    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.


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