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Use Google accounts and data with Nylas

The Nylas platform drastically reduces the effort it takes to use Google accounts with your application. With just a few lines of code, you can add full email, calendar, and contacts functions to your project.

This page introduces you to Google provider auth apps.

Get started

First, you need to connect your Nylas application to a Google provider auth app. This allows your end users to authenticate with their Google accounts, and providers your project access to the data you specify in the Google API. Follow the steps in Create a Google provider auth app to set up a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) project.

Build with the Nylas SDKs

The Nylas SDKs are the quickest way to get started using Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Contacts in your Nylas application. Nylas offers Python, Node.js, Ruby, and Kotlin/Java SDKs to suit a variety of preferences.

Google verification and security assessment

Before you publish your GCP project, you might have to take additional steps to comply with Google's OAuth 2.0 policies, and complete their verification process. For more information, see the Google verification and security assessment guide.

"Sign in with Google" branding guidelines

Your GCP project must include a "Sign in with Google" button that meets Google's branding guidelines. This applies to the OAuth flow for both personal Gmail ( and Workspace email addresses.

Google OAuth verification

⚠️ The Google verification and security assessment processes can take several weeks or longer. Be sure to plan your development timeline around this.

When you create your Google project, you must list the scopes that your Nylas application will use. Each scope grants your application permission to access a specific category or piece of user data.

If your application accesses Google user data with Google APIs and requests certain scopes, you might have to complete a Google verification process, and a separate security assessment process. Which process or processes depends on whether your app requests sensitive scopes or restricted scopes.

Scope Type Required Processes Google Policy and Requirements
Sensitive Google verification Your application must follow Google’s API Services User Data Policy.
Restricted Both Google verification and security assessment Your application must follow Google’s API Services User Data Policy and meet additional requirements for specific scopes.

Google provider limitations

You should keep the following limitations in mind as you work with your GCP project:

  • The Gmail API has a set of usage limits that apply to all requests made from your Nylas application. This includes the number of email messages that you can send per day. For more information, see Google's official Usage limits documentation.
  • The Google Calendar API has two sets of usage limits: the number of requests your application can make each minute, and the number of requests your application can make per user each minute. For more information, see Google's official Manage quotas documentation.

One-click unsubscribe headers

As of February 2024, Google requires that users who send more than 5,000 email messages per day to Gmail email addresses include one-click unsubscribe headers in each of their marketing and subscribed emails (see Google’s official Email sender guidelines). This is along with the visible unsubscribe links that must be in the body content of all marketing and subscribed email messages.

To set up one-click unsubscribe headers using Nylas, include the custom_headers object in your Send Message or Create Draft request. This object accepts a set of key-value pairs, each of which represents the header’s name and its value. You must include the following headers:

  • List-Unsubscribe-Post: List-Unsubscribe=One-Click
  • List-Unsubscribe: The unsubscribe link (for example, a mailto link that uses the end user’s email address, or a link to your list management software).
"name": "List-Unsubscribe-Post",
"value": "List-Unsubscribe=One-Click"
"name": "List-Unsubscribe",
"value": "<mailto: [email protected]?subject=unsubscribe>, <>"