FIX: Can’t Add Gmail Account to Windows 10 Mail [0x8000000b]

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Can’t Add Gmail Account issues

Luckily, Microsoft’s Mail app for Windows 10 doesn’t support Outlook only, as you can add your Gmail account to it.

However, some users reported that when they tried to add a Google account to the Mail app, an unexpected 0x8000000b error prevented them to do so.

Therefore, in this article, we’re going to show you how to get rid of that error.


How can I fix Gmail error 0x8000000b?

  1. Give a try to a different integrated email client
  2. Connect your Google account to PC
  3. Enable IMAP on your Google account
  4. Create a new IMAP account
  5. Stop Credential Manager Service
  6. Use a restore point

1. Give a try to a different integrated email client

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2. Connect your Google account to PC

connect your Google account

  1. Go to the Security section of your Google account.
  2. Under Connected apps and sites, go to Apps connected to your account.
  3. Make sure that Windows is on the list.

To solve the problem, you have to make sure that your Google account is connected to your Windows 10 computer. Use the above steps in that regard.


3. Enable IMAP on your Google account

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. Click the gear in the top right.
  3. Select Settings.
  4. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  5. Select Enable IMAP.enable gmail IMAP
  6. Click Save Changes.

After you make sure that your Google account is connected with your computer, you need to create the new IMAP account, and hopefully, everything will work fine.

But, before you create a new IMAP account in your Mail app, you need to enable IMAP usage in your Google account.


Don’t know what to do if Gmail loads slow? You’d better take a closer look at this guide for quick solutions.


4. Create a new IMAP account

new IMAP account

  1. Open the Mail app.
  2. Go to Settings (Cog icon), AccountsAdd AccountAdvanced Setup, and then to Internet Email.
  3. Fill in the details like this:
    • Account Name: {any string like My Gmail}
    • Your Name: {your name like Fred Bloggs}
    • Incoming Mail Server: imap.gmail.com:993
    • Account Type: IMAP4
    • User name: {your gmail address}
    • Password: {the one time password you just generated, otherwise just your gmail password}
    • Outgoing SMTP email server: smtp.gmail.com:465
    • All checkboxes checked
  4. Now try to connect to your Google account with the new Account, and it should work.

After you enabled IMAP usage in your Google account, you can create the new IMAP account in your Mail app, and everything should work fine.

Just follow the above steps to create the new IMAP account.


5. Stop the Credential Manager Service

  1. Navigate to your user folder which should be available at this location C:\Users\[Name]
  2. Right-click on it > select Properties.
  3. Click on the Security tab > go to Advanced.
  4. Go to Owner > select Change.
  5. Click Add > Entity > Advanced > Search.
  6. Select All Application Packages > Accept > click on Full Control > Apply.
  7. Should you encounter any errors when applying for permission, simply ignore them.
  8. Go to Start > type services > right-click on the first result to launch  Services as Administrator.
  9. In the Services window locate the Credential Manager Service > right-click it > stop it.
  10. Restart your computer
  11. Return to Services > select the Credential Manager Service > Start it > Set it to Automatic.
  12. Restart your computer again.

Some users confirmed that disabling the Credential Manager Service fixed this problem. Tou may try the above procedure as well.


6. Use a restore point

  1. Go to Start > type control panel > launch Control Panel > go to Backup and Restore.
  2. Go to Restore > select a Restore Point.

If this error occurs after you installed a particular program on your computer, try reverting your computer to its previous settings.

Of course, you can also try uninstalling the respective app or program. Using a restore point is a better solution as it allows you to undo all recent changes on your computer.


You can’t open Control Panel? Take a look at this step-by-step guide to find a solution.


Issues with Gmail and Mail app are not common, but if something like error 0x8000000b appears, you know what to do now.

The same goes for those of you who can’t add Gmail to Windows 10 mail. Users often try to click Google just to discover that this completely closes the window.

If you have any questions, comments, or maybe some other solutions for this problem, reach for the comment section below, because we would love to hear your thoughts.


Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in February 2018 and has been since revamped and updated in July 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

  • It worked!!! Enabled the imap and created imap account using the info provided. I’ve never been so happy to see my emails!! Thank you, not being able to use Windows10 mail anymore was causing so much stress.

  • Thank you so much. I’ve been trying for days to get my gmail integrated back into my Windows 10 mail app. Finally, your advice worked!

  • how do i add windows in google app permision? it don’t let me click allow where a igree that windows magane all my thing on google account.
    Thank you!

  • its not working,,, please please please help me
    it showing while syncing :
    …………………………………..
    Something went wrong
    we’re having a problem downloading messages. Try again later.
    Error code: 0x8007274d
    ………………………………….
    please solve this problem ,
    please please please

    • Good question! One that I had too. I found that it wasn’t there, so I just deleted the gmail account from Windows 10 Mail and then re-added it. This not only meant that Windows is now on the list, but it fixed my problem with gmail not synching too.

    • Windows isn’t on the list and I’ve already deleted the gmail account from Windows 10 mail. Still getting the error code as it won’t let me add it back. Now what?

  • I get a different error code 0x80070005 and tried all of these steps and none helped can someone help me get fixed

  • 1. Go to your users folder (e.g. C.UsersNeeshan).
    2. Right click, select properties, Security, Advanced.
    3. Click Add, select entity, advanced, search.
    4. Click on ALL APLICATION PACKAGES, accept. Select Full Control and apply (Ignore errors trying to aply permissions).

    Then:
    Click on start and type “Services”
    Right click on “Services” and select “Run as Administrator”
    In the Services Window, look for Credential Manager Service and “Stop” it.
    Restart the computer and “Start” the Credential Manager Service and set it to “Automatic”.
    Restart the computer and it should work fine.

  • I had the same problem. Resolved it by using the IMAP.POP option under Add Accounts (to Mail), because my GMAIL account was setup to work with Windows Live Mail. However, still encountering SYNC delays on Sent Mail folder