HubSpot CRM Gmail Integration FAQ

Last updated: September 6, 2016

Available For:

Product: HubSpot Sales
Subscription: Free, Professional

What does the HubSpot CRM Gmail Integration feature do?

The HubSpot Gmail Integration allows you to connect your inbox to HubSpot CRM to save you loads of time. After you connect, HubSpot CRM will automatically log relevant email replies in your inbox and log these in your CRM. You can also track any email sent from your CRM in your Gmail Sent folder! 

How does the CRM find replies to log after I connect my inbox?

Once you connect your inbox, HubSpot has access to information about your emails, including the email address you’re sending from, the email addresses of recipients, the subject line, and the body of the email. This information is gathered through the direct processing of email metadata via IMAP.

Every “reply” email contains a reference to the unique ID number of the original email, so the HubSpot CRM will monitor incoming mail for replies that tie back to an email sent from the CRM or logged (BCC’d) to the CRM. While the Gmail Integration feature will view email header data for each email you receive, the HubSpot CRM will only read and store the email body for email threads that have been logged in the CRM or sent from the CRM. 


When you log an email to a contact in the CRM or receive an email reply from them, HubSpot CRM stores your contact’s email address, name, subject line, and body text so that the email can be displayed as part of their Contact Record in the CRM. The email is stored and displayed just as if you had BCC’d or forwarded that email to the CRM. Please note that attachments sent outside of the CRM will not be stored on the contact's record.

What does HubSpot CRM do with the body text of emails I send through the CRM?

HubSpot CRM only ever uses the text of your emails to display the emails on the contact record of the recipient in your CRM; you can sleep easy knowing that we don’t share that information to people outside your team, sell it, or engage in any sort of anonymized collection of email bodies for analytics. 


Whenever we transmit or store your personal data, we work hard to protect it. For example, HubSpot encrypts data while exchanging it with your computer, and uses top security measures to prevent unauthorized or unintended access to our network. You can read more about how we safeguard your data at