Can someone explain the Push Email to me?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by moviecouple, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. moviecouple macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2008
    I am really not sure what Push Email is... what it does or how to use it. Can someone explain this to me? Currently on my iPhone and iPhone 3G... I was just using Gmail and my Cox Webmail (pop account) to access my mail accounts on the iPhones.
  2. Andrmgic macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2007
    Push e-mail is when your phone gets notified that you have a new message without having to go check for it.

    An example would be corporate e-mail through Microsoft Exchange. If you have outlook running at your desk, when you get a new e-mail message in your mailbox on the exchange server, it appears in outlook automatically. You can also force outlook to manually check for new messages, but you are notified automatically of messages and appointments without you having to check to see if you have new ones.

    With push e-mail set up on an iPhone, if someone sends me an e-mail, it shows up on my phone even if I have mail check set to "manual".

    Gmail and Cox don't support "push", so you have to check those mailboxes manually using the iPhone's mail app.

    Exchange and Mobile Me (and to a certain extent Yahoo) are the ones that support push.

    In short it breaks down like this -

    Push = mail comes to your phone without any interaction required from you
    Fetch = Your phone goes to look for new mail either at a set interval or when you manually check your messages
  3. moviecouple thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 29, 2008
    Since I really only use Gmail and Cox... then push email (at this time) really doesn't pertain to me or my uses?
  4. Edrubin macrumors member

    Jul 16, 2007

    If you want your gmail and other accounts to be pushed have them forwarded to the mobileme email address. It works great! You can still reply to the email using the actual email address it was sent to. Example.

    I have my gmail forwarded to @mobileme. This automatically pushes my gmail since it is forwarded to @mobileme. I open up the email in mobile me, click reply and I touch the "from" field. It then gives you the option to reply from mobileme or from any other email address set up on your phone! I've tested it for two days now and it works great. I send an email to my gmail account and almost instantly it is pushed to my phone. It saves battery too by not having my phone "check" every 15 minutes!
  5. UKmacman macrumors 6502

    Oct 4, 2007

    I have the same gmail - mobileme setup but every time a message comes through for mobileme I go to look at it and the email is pulled for the proper account on the iphone. Do you know a way around this so I don't get emails twice?
  6. swindmill macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2005
    Does setting the gmail accounts to fetch manually solve this?

Share This Page