Google anticipated the growth of mobile devices and PCs, and it added IMAP to Gmail a few years ago. In fact, IMAP support is what pushed me to move my personal and professional email addresses to Gmail and Google Apps.
Here's a refresher about how to setup Gmail using IMAP on an iPhone 5.
Setup IMAP in your Gmail account
Before you get started, you need to make sure that you have IMAP enabled in your Gmail account.
To setup IMAP in your Gmail account:
- Login to your Gmail account from your PC
- Click Settings to open the Settings page (Figure A) Figure A
- Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP to open the Forwarding and POP/IMAP page (Figure B) Figure B
- Select Enable IMAP in the IMAP Access section (the IMAP is enabled status will appear in green)
Gmail Settings page.
Forwarding and POP/IMAP page in Gmail.
Setup Gmail on your iPhone
To setup Gmail on your iPhone:
- From the iPhone home screen, tap Settings (Figure C) Figure C
- Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars... (Figure D): Figure D
- Tap Add Account... (Figure E) Figure E
- Tap Gmail (Figure F) Figure F
- Enter your name in the Name field
- Type your full Gmail address in the Address field
- Enter your Gmail password under Password
- Type Gmail in the description field (I always advise people to type in something more descriptive for the email address if you plan to access more than one Gmail address from your iPhone)
- Tap Next
- Verify Mail is set to On
- Set Calendars and Notes to on if you want to sync them via IMAP along with your email
- Tap Next
iPhone Settings screen.
Mail, Contacts, Calendars screen.
Add Account screen.
Gmail setup screen.
The joy of IMAP, Gmail, and the iPhone
IMAP is a must-have in today's multi-device mobile world, and Gmail's IMAP setting is easy to setup and maintain. IMAP is how I stay on top of email across my iOS, Android, Macs, and PCs.
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Will Kelly is a technical and marketing communications writer based in the Washington, DC area. He has written about SMB technology, data center management, project management applications, mobile computing, Microsoft Office, and productivity applications for online and print technology publications. You can reach Will at firstname.lastname@example.org.