How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

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Gmail has finally added support for IMAP access. IMAP supports both connected and disconnected modes of operation which means e-mail clients using IMAP generally leave messages on the server until the user explicitly deletes them. This allows multiple clients to access the same mailbox.

Here is how to enable IMAP on your iPhone

Step One
Log into your Gmail account: http://www.gmail.com

Step Two
Click the Settings link at the top right hand corner of the Gmail window.
How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

Step Three
Click the Forwarding and Pop/IMAP tab in the settings window.
How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

Step Four
Select Enable IMAP and the click the Save Changes button.
How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

Step Five
On your iPhone tap Settings.

Step Six
Then tap Mail

Step Seven
Next tap Add Account.

Step Eight
Do NOT tap Gmail but instead tap Other. NOTE***: Gmail is working to fix this.
How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

Step Nine
Make sure that the IMAP tab is highlighted. Set the Host Name to imap.gmail.com and the User Name to your full Gmail address, including '@gmail.com'. Enter your password as well.
How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

Set the Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP) to smtp.gmail.com and the User Name to your full Gmail address, including '@gmail.com'. Enter your password as well.
How to Setup Gmail IMAP for iPhone

Tap the Save button.

Step Ten
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


Danner - April 4, 2008 at 12:00pm
Setting up a Yahoo account does even work better
Matt - March 14, 2008 at 7:42am
Excellant tutorial - have followed all steps account gets created, but on exit of mail the account is deleted from the phone and all settings have to be re-entered to create account. Iphone 1.1.3. Any ideas??
ErokgiG - October 26, 2007 at 4:15pm
I found it very interesting!
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