How to set up Gmail email alerts on a Uniview NVR

This guide will explain each step to set up email alerts on a Uniview NVR using a Gmail account


If you would like to receive E-mail alerts whenever an event has occurred, we recommend using a Gmail account. It’s free, secure, and easy to configure.  If you don’t already have a Gmail account you can create one here.

First, you’ll need to make sure that your Gmail account is configured to allow "less secure apps" to send E-mail to your account from the NVR.

1. Log into Gmail with your user name and password, then click on your account icon in the top right. Our account has been customized with the Nelly’s "N".  Yours might have a default user icon.



2. Then click on the "My Account" button:



3. Then click on "Sign-in & Security" on the left:



4. 2-Step Verification: Turn on 2 Step Verification if it's not enabled, otherwise the setting you need to enable will not be displayed.



5. Now there should be an option for "App passwords" underneath 2-Step Verification. Select this option, Select App and choose "custom" and name it NVR/DVR and it will generate an app password that you will need to save for later.





6. Now that 2-step verification and app passwords are enabled the next step is to log into your NVR by opening a web browser and typing in the IP address.   Alternately, if you have the EZTools software you can click the "e" icon on the right to open the NVR in a web browser.



7. Once you're logged in to the NVRs web interface go to Setup->Network->Email.  (Click to view full size)



8. First turn the Server Authentication to On, this is required by Gmail.  Next insert each field as explained below:

Username: Full Gmail email address  (ex.

Password: Generated App Password

SMTP Server:

SMTP Port: 587 - Check the TLS/SSL box

Snapshot Interval: Check the box to attach a snapshot to the email when an event has occurred


Sender: NVR

Sender's Address: Full Gmail email address


Select Recipient: Here you can choose to send to multiple people

Recipient: The name of the person receiving the email alerts

Recipient Address: Full Gmail email address of the person that will receive the email alerts

Schedule: Whenever you want the emails to send.  By default they are set to send all day every day if they are triggered.

9. Once all the information is in click Save.  Next click the Test button next to "Recipient Address" to send a test email to the specified email address.

10. Lastly, you will need to check the "Send Email" box for the event you want to trigger the alerts.  (Motion Detection, Cross Line Detection, etc)

If you want to set up email alerts for regular motion detection go to Camera->Motion.  The check box can be found under the Trigger Actions tab.




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