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How To Set Up Google Mail on iPhone

How To Set Up Google Mail on iPhone

Google Mail is the perfect antidote to expensive corporate Microsoft Exchange mail servers, and increasingly more trendy small-to-medium enterprises are picking up on this fact and switching to Google. The fact that Google Mail is so easily accessible on the iPhone makes it an even more attractive proposition – for both businesses and the individual personal prosumer.

That said, Google Mail on the iPhone requires a little configuration, whether you’re an individual user or a member of a trendy small-to-medium enterprise short on support staff to do these things for you. Read on for step-by-step instructions, and you’ll soon be picking up your mail on the move (which is a curse as much as it is a blessing).

You will need: an Apple iPhone and PC/Mac connected to the internet, and a Google Mail account

Step-by-Step Instructions

  • 1

    On your computer, navigate to the Google Mail sign up page and create a new account (if you haven’t already). Enter the required information on this page. The Desired Login Name will form the first part of your Google Mail address. Make a note of your Google Mail address and password, as you must enter these into the iPhone.

    When you have entered all the required information and agreed to the terms of service, click I accept – Create my account.

  • 2

    On the iPhone, tap Mail and then Other. Select POP in the tab menu.

  • 3

    Enter the following information:

    Name – this is your display name as you want recipients of your emails to see it.

    Email address – this is the Google Mail address signed up for in Step 1.

    Password – this is your password you selected during the Google Mail account sign up.

  • 4

    Enter pop.googlemail.com into the Host Name field in the Incoming Mail Server. This is the server that sends new email from your Google Mail account to your handset.

  • 5

    Enter smtp.googlemail.com into the Host Name field in the Outgoing Mail Server. This is the server that handles all the email you send to your contacts.

  • 6

    Tap Save to complete the process and apply the settings.

  • 7

    Test the process by accessing the mail application from the iPhone home-screen. After a few minutes, you should see the inbox and other folders synchronise with the server, as items are downloaded one by one. You can further test the process by sending an email to another account (or a friend) using the iPhone mail client.

Tips & Advice

  • If you are experiencing issues downloading your Google Mail items to the iPhone after running the above steps, try these steps:

    From the Home screen menu, tap  Settings and select your Google Mail account.

    Tap Advanced at the bottom of the screen.

    The settings in the Advanced menu should be as follows:
    Incoming Uses SSL: ON
    Outgoing Uses SSL: ON
    Authentication: Password

    Use Recent Mode to ON (this is only applicable if you synchronise your Google Mail account with multiple devices).

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