Troubleshooting GMAIL SMTP authentication errors

Overview

Many websites use PHP to send email via SMTP. For example, you could create a custom mail form, or use a WordPress SMTP plugin. 

A problem you will run into is that Google's security settings do not allow you to send via SMTP through their servers unless you explicitly allow this. There are two ways to allow your application to send SMTP mail through GMAIL.

Enable the OAuth 2.0 protocol to authenticate connections

The first and most secure option is to enable OAuth 2.0 authentication for your application.

Please note that support is unable to assist with this custom configuration.

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