Google Web Access

Connect Google Workspace has a web-based client that allows access to all of the features of Connect: e-mail, contacts, and calendar.  This is the recommended client and is accessible via any browser, but preferably Chrome.

  1. Point your browser to mail.google.com to sign into your Google Workspace account.
    Notes:
    - For the Email field, make sure to enter UCSBnetID@ucsb.edu.
    - If you have activated two-step verification ("2SV") on your account, you will also need to enter the verification code about every 14 days. For more information on 2SV, go here.
  2. Enter your password, and click Next.

     
  3. By default it brings you to your Inbox

     
  4. For other apps, such as Drive, Groups, Docs etc., click on the Apps icon.

    This will open each app on a new tab in your browser.
     
  5. You can configure your signature and other options by clicking on the Gear icon

    and select Settings. Under the General tab, scroll down to the Signature: section and enter the text you would like at the bottom of each outgoing message. A few sections below that is the Vacation responder: section where you can enable an auto-reply for times that you are out of the office.  If you make any changes, be sure to scroll down and Save changes.
     
  6. In Settings, under the Labels tab and then under System labels, make sure that Show in IMAP is checked for All Mail. If you will use a desktop client as well as GWA, please refer to the FAQ, "What are the ramifications of using both the Google web app and a desktop client to access Connect/Google Apps?"