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IMAP for Gmail

Want to see Gmail changes you make on your iPhone instantly reflected in Gmail? Now you can with IMAP for Gmail support rolling out over the next few days. You can sync your inbox across devices instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your phone or on your desktop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox. Delete an email from your iPhone and it will be deleted from your Gmail. Gmail will also show what you’ve read on the iPhone, so no more “Mark as read” and reading the same email twice nonsense.

IMAP for Gmail in Settings Page To see if your Gmail account has IMAP turned on yet login to your Gmail account and goto Settings. If you see a tab called “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” you have it. If your tab says “Forwarding and POP” it means your account has not been IMAP enabled by Google yet. But not to worry, Google is rolling it out to everyone over the next few days. Here is what the Settings page looks like with IMAP support.

To configure your iPhone to use Gmail with IMAP support follow these 7 steps. A video demonstration is also provided below.

  1. Enable IMAP in your Gmail account settings.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap Mail.
  4. Tap Add Account.
  5. Tap Other. (Note: don’t tap Gmail; if you do, you’ll set up POP rather than IMAP. We are aware of this issue and are currently working to make setting up Gmail more intuitive for the iPhone.)
  6. Make sure that:
    • The IMAP tab is highlighted
    • Host Name is imap.gmail.com
    • User Name is your full Gmail address, including ‘@gmail.com’
    • For Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP), Host Name is smtp.gmail.com
    • For Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP), Host Name is smtp.gmail.com
  7. Tap Save, and you’re done.

You can also verify your Advanced settings by tapping Settings > [your Gmail IMAP Account] > Advanced.
Incoming Settings

  • Use SSL: ON
  • Authentication: password
  • Server Port: 993

Outgoing Settings

  • Use SSL: ON
  • Authentication: Password
  • Server Port: 587

If you rather watch the steps here is a nice little video tutorial:

Read the details here. More info on the official Google and Gmail blogs.

AppSafari review of IMAP for Gmail was written by on October 24th, 2007 and categorized under Cydia Apps, Email, Phone. Page viewed 17661 times, 1 so far today. Need help on using these apps? Please read the Help Page.

47 Comments to “IMAP for Gmail”

  1. hey i have a question, when i try to sent outgoing mail from my itouch it says that it can not connect to smtp.gmail.com

  2. Configure your IMAP folder settings so that the mail goes to the same folders as the Gmail webmail setup.

  3. Mail settings for iPod Touch

    Under Settings, select “Mail”, “Add Account”, “Other”, then “IMAP” and use the following settings:

    Incoming Mail Server
    Host Name: imap.gmail.com
    User Name: your Gmail account
    Password: your Gmail password

    Outgoing Mail Server
    Host Name: smtp.gmail.com
    User Name: your Gmail account
    Password: your Gmail password

    Advanced
    Use SSL: On (incoming/outgoing)
    Authentication: Password (incoming/outgoing)
    Server port: 993 (incoming) and 587 (outgoing)

    Mapping iPod Touch folders to Gmail IMAP folders
    Once you’ve set up your Gmail account, go back to Settings>Mail>Gmail (or whatever you’ve named your Gmail account settings) and change the folder mappings as follows:

    a. Select “Advanced”
    b. Select “Drafts Mailbox” and set it to “On the server > [Gmail] Drafts”
    c. Select “Sent Mailbox” and set it to “On the server > [Gmail] Sent Mail”
    d. Select “Deleted Mailbox” and set it to “On the server > [Gmail] Trash”

    Click on “Advanced” each time to return to the prior menu after choosing a folder

    Once this is complete, new sent mail will automatically be saved in your Gmail “Sent” folder, new draft mail will be saved to your Gmail “Drafts” folder, and deleted mail will appear in your Gmail “Trash” folder.

    Any emails sent from your iPhone will appear in Gmail’s ‘Sent’ view, any saved drafts saved on your iPhone will appear in Gmail’s ‘Drafts’ view, and any deleted messages will be reflected in Gmail’s ‘Trash’ view. If you want to “Archive” email from your Touch, open the message and move it to the “[Gmail] All Mail” folder.

  4. hey, i can set this account up, but when i go to check my mail, it says no password entered, but ven when i go back to settings and enter it again, it doesnt save it…please help…im frustrated

  5. i just got the ipod touch and i tried to do the same…
    it keeps saying “connection to imap.gmail.com failed.
    and i checked all the settings twice…. nothing

  6. have u jailbrokeb ur touch..if u have then u need to install the app called “fix mail password” from installer

  7. thankyou

  8. Thank you.

  9. HAVING PROBLEMS WITH EMAIL ACCOUNTS USING 3G IPHONE THE SETUP OF THE IPHONE SEEMS TO BE FINE BUT WHEN I HAVE AN EMAIL ACCOUNT WITH A PASSWORD WITH SPACES IN IT IT DOESNT RECOGNIZE THAT PASSWORD NEED HELP. APPRECIATE ANYONE WHO CAN HELP WITH TROUBLING MATTER ALL ACCOUNTS WORK WIHTOUT A PASWORD ONLINE AND ON MY BLACKBERRY BUT NOT ON THE IPGHONE 3G FIRMWARE 2.1 PLEASE I NEED YOUR HELP CONTACT ME AT MY ADDRESS ABOVE PLEASE I HAVE TRIED EVERYTHING AND THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED WITH THAT IPHONE WAS CHNAGING THE PASSWORD. CANT UNDERSTAND WORLS WITH ALL OTHER DEVICES!!!!!!!

  10. First of all there is no need to SCREAM! I would suggest changing your password to something without a space in it.

  11. Thanks it worked.

  12. Everything worked for me, except for when I send a email, its says smtp.gmail.com did not work.

  13. I just bought an Ipod Touch and I can’t log onto my e-mail it says “cannot connect using SSL Do you want to try setting up the account without SSL?” If I say no nothing happens but if I say yes than it says The IMAP server “imap.gmail.com” is not responding. CHeck your network connection and that you entered the correct information in the “Incoming Mail Server” field. Do I have the wrong cords or what do I do? I can’t seem to figure it out. Please Help,

  14. I finally found a fix for this: macrumors post by misformac that states:

    hey i had the same problem on my iphone
    trying to set up gmail imap
    it would first ask if it was ok to not use SSL
    then it would say imap.gmail.com is not responding.

    all i had to do to get it working was to clear the CAPTCHA.

    http://mail.google.com/support/bin/answer.py?answer=78754&topic=12922

  15. That?s Too nice, when it comes in india hope it can make a Rocking place for youngster.. hope that come true.

  16. Super-Duper site! I am loving it!! Will come back again – taking you feeds also, Thanks.

  17. ok..I am having the same trouble…checked all above,but when i clicked on the link by “mike”, it said the page did not exist! I’m so frustrated b/c my gmail account worked until about 2 weeks ago!!! HELP a tech-challenged person!!!!

  18. thank you so much mike!!

  19. The link was seperated. Here you go tech challenged.

  20. I usually do not comment on blog posts but I found this quite interesting, so here goes. Thanks! Regards, P.

  21. As a someone new to the internet I am always searching online for for psots like this that can help me. Thanks.

  22. I had the same exact problem. On my iPhone, the imap.gmail.com failure would pop up, I don’t know how this happened because it was working fine. The problem has been solved though by doing this…

    Specifically, you have to go to a page on google and type in your username, password, and a captcha phrase and then it suddenly starts allowing IMAP again.
    **** You MUST visit this from the same computer/iPhone/iPod touch/whatever that is having the problems. ****

    Visit: https://www.google.com/accounts/DisplayUnlockCaptcha

  23. thanks mike!
    the unlock captcha solved it!

  24. I am having same problem, out of the blue, on my Iphone.
    Did not improve with “unlock captcha”
    any other thoughts?

  25. i got a question i followed all those instructions i got it all set up but when i go to check my mail it “says the connection to the server imap.gmail.com failed” but iv checked everything about 50 times and i followed the instructions and it just doesnt seem to work would you know why?

  26. so, my imap/gmail works fine from day one. however, is there a way to have the gmail application running instead of the default email client. i can’t seem to get to do that. I was able on a blackberry storm.

  27. Thank you!!! I clean the captcha as Mike suggested here. And it works!

  28. i unlocked captcha but now when i try to send an email its saying that my sender (outgoing) address is invalid. my sender addres is “smtp.gmail.com” just like it says it should be. does anyone know what im doing wrong please help.

  29. More post please! you are leaving a poor old man hungry for more :[

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  31. I loved reading this and I dont really like to read 🙂

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  33. This was by far the word advice i’ve ever read. A chimpanzee, blind, with poop soiling in his hand could give better advice than the chicken scratch I have just wasted my time bothering to read in hopes of solving an issue.

  34. Hi ,Unlock thing Worked really fine.There is a link just click and unlock.My mail works fine right now.Thnx for help

  35. Your advice worked wonderfully! I spent hours trying to get my son’s gmail to work on his new itouch. Your advice was by far the best! Thank you for keeping my sanity!

  36. Thank you!

  37. nice site I like and I sure to visit, well done

  38. This problem has been bugging me for ages.

    Thanks for your help!!!!!
    Now my mail will actually receive, instead of making me think its a connection issue.

  39. Finally, I’ve been having problems with SMTP with some email clients on PC. I hope IMAP will solve the problems I had.

  40. Thanks Scott !! The Captcha thing worked for me !

  41. Maybe you should edit the page name title IMAP for Gmail – iPhone Apps, iPad apps & iPod touch App Reviews appsafari.com to more catching for your subject you write. I liked the post still.

  42. Thanks heaps for your help saved me alot of pain.
    So easy to follow
    Cheers

  43. Great instructions for the IMAP gmail – iphone issue!!! Gracias:)

  44. Thank you for the instructions. They worked great.

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