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So I've created a new Gmail account because the name of the last one isn't exactly very professional. Anyway, I'm trying to have all my emails on the original address added to my current one but when I try to add it I'm given this message:

Server denied POP3 access for the given username and password. Server returned error: "[AUTH] Web login required: https://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?answer=78754"

The support page isn't any help either. I know it's not a problem with my password because right when I tried to add the account my original account received an email saying a suspicious sign-in was prevented, from the IP 209.85.220.131, which just so happens to be situated in Mountain View, California.

Any ideas?

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That IP address belongs to Google servers, by the way. –  Hydra Mar 3 '13 at 5:08
    
Is it because you have two step login feature enabled? So you can't access emails programatically wihout a text message confirmation? –  Juan Mendes May 3 '13 at 21:42
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I had the same problem. The issue was that the account I was trying to add didn't trust the gmail mail fetcher even though they are both gmail products.

The solution that worked for me was:

  1. Logging out of the account I was trying to add.
  2. Logging back into that same account in another browser.
  3. When I logged back in there was a red bar at the top telling me that their was a "suspicious login attempt Was that you?".
  4. Click the "Was that you?" link and grant access to gmail to fetch your email.
  5. I when back to my main account and redid the adding process and it worked.

If when logging back into your account you don't see the red bar I also found another person who solved the same problem manually: http://productforums.google.com/d/msg/gmail/g2mM55ZcT6A/yoq62zgFSjkJ

"I believe what's occurring is that Account B (the one getting added to Account A) is blocking Account A, preventing a successful login.

What worked for me is logging into Account A with Firefox, then logging into Account B with IE. From Account B I visited this page: https://accounts.google.com/DisplayUnlockCaptcha and followed instructions, clearing the Captcha. Once done, adding Account B to Account A immediately worked."

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I would rather say that as you have created new account the access to the POP and IMAP protocols is simply disabled. To enable them follow "the blue box" procedure, or simply go to the instruction on how to enable POP on your account

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