I manage all of my email accounts through Gmail, so I often go through the process of adding a new address into my main Gmail account. Today, I came across an annoying little error:
There was a problem connecting to pop.gmail.com
Server returned error: “Account misconfig: hostname contains unsafe characters.”
After doing a quick Google search, it seems there are a lot of people running into this error. Luckily, the solution is really simple.
You’ve probably added an extra space after entering the POP Server: “pop.gmail.com”. Just take out that trailing space and your problem is solved!
Here’s a quick screenshot:
Little errors like this can be really annoying, so hopefully this saves you a headache.
Thanks! It was such a simple solution :) . I had left a trailing space.
Thanks! That helped a lot.
Thanks loads! Such an annoying silly little mistake.
Thank You! I thought I was going mad for hours.
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It looks I’m not the only one to say: thanks a lot for this post!
you are a superstar! thank you!
Thanks for solving my problem!
That was it! Thx!
Thank you, this was pissin me the hell off. It’s always some little annoying mistake.
Thanks so much! I did not expected such a simple and efficient solution :)
thank you so much sir, i thought i ruined my id..lol
Mine isn’t working and there are no spaces anywhere. Any other ideas?
I had no training spaces but when I removed the incoming mailer server details and entered them manually it worked perfectly. There must have been a hidden character somewhere.
It works! man, thanks a lot, god bless you
I was chatting with support for about an hour, and they still couldn’t resolve this issue. Thank you so much!
I had a space at the beginning and end of the server name, and seeing your screenshot helped me toubleshoot another problem that would have prevented successful email linking:
The prompt asks for “username,” and your email address is written in the line above. What they actually want is your email address repeated.
Thanks so much for sharing! :-)
Thanks! That fixed it for me.