Gmail Accounts Accessed Through POP3 Disabled

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Posted on March 10, 2008 1:37 AM in Computers
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After signing up for FriendFeed the other night and Socialthing! (thanks to TechCrunch), I was told by both services that I'd been sent an email for confirmation purposes. However, the emails never appeared to arrive. Since they were sent to one of the Gmail accounts I'm accessing solely through POP3 via my main Gmail account, I got a little suspicious.

First, I tried to log in to the account directly via and my login attempt failed. I then got another chance, this time with a CAPTCHA, and after successfully logging in, I saw the following message:

Sorry, your account has been disabled. [?]

After following the hyperlinked question mark, I was presented with a choice between two options: "I'm a Gmail user" and "I'm not a Gmail user." I picked the first for obvious reasons, and was sent to a page that read:

To restore your Gmail account, please begin with these steps:

  • Sign in through our web interface at
  • Enter your username and password.
  • Click Submit.
  • You'll now see a captcha (letters in a distorted picture).
  • Click Submit again.

However, once I clicked on the link in the first step, I was already logged in to my account and could see all my email. Seeing that, I then went to my main Gmail account to see if it was receiving mail for the account which had been disabled, but it was not. I went to the Accounts tab under Settings and saw red error messages in the "Get mail from other accounts" portion letting me know that email had not been fetched via POP3 for quite some time. I clicked on the "Check mail now" link and, surely enough, I was able to fetch mail from the reenabled account.

Although I was seemingly able to allay the issue for the time being, it's a bit disheartening to think that my accounts are being disabled like that for no real rhyme or reason. The only reason I can think of is that my mail is being retrieved via POP3 and never via the main Gmail interface, but so what? It seems like a perfectly reasonable use case for someone who intends on dealing with their email through POP3 only.

If anyone has had a similar experience or can shed any insight on why this is happening, I'm all eyes.


Mark on March 17, 2008 at 3:23 AM:

I have the exact same problem! I also have my account disabled. And I used it for pop3 as well. But that's allowed, right? I have no idea why this is happening.. :-(


hlndbdmw on May 15, 2017 at 5:23 AM:

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