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Unable to send a test email: Bad email username or password

posted 7 Apr 2016, 12:16 by Planet Coops   [ updated 11 Apr 2017, 00:20 ]
If you receive the following error while testing your Gmail settings in Taximeter:

Unable to send a test email: Bad email username or password

and you are confident that you are using the correct <user>@gmail.com username and password, then head over to Account Security Settings (https://www.google.com/settings/security/lesssecureapps) for the Gmail account in question and enable "Access for less secure apps".  This allows you to use the Google SMTP mail server for clients other than the official ones and would appear to resolve this issue.  Note that Taximeter securely connects to the Gmail SMTP server on port 465 using a TLS encrypted link.  You might have to wait up to an hour for the setting to take effect as it's rolled out across Google's infrastructure.