Convert regular Gmail to Google apps for Exchange support?

phositadc

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Does anybody know if it is possible to convert a regular gmail account to a Google apps account (ie, without changing your email address or getting a new domain name) in order to get exchange support on ios? I know it costs $50 per year but that would be worth it to get exchange support back and keep my old email address...
 

chestvrg

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Dec 13, 2010
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Have you tried the calDav and cardDav feature? It has been an alternative for me to keep my contacts and calendar events in sync with google. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1369006661.146405.jpg
 

Kjung7

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Jan 18, 2013
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I actually wanted to do this to, but you need your own domain for the service unfortunately.
 

mrbrown

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Does anybody know if it is possible to convert a regular gmail account to a Google apps account (ie, without changing your email address or getting a new domain name) in order to get exchange support on ios? I know it costs $50 per year but that would be worth it to get exchange support back and keep my old email address...
Google Apps requires a domain address, so keeping your gmail.com address is a no go.
 

lucastatic

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Jan 25, 2013
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Yes fetch like every 15 mts.
I figured I'd miss Exchange when Google axed it, but Fetch does remarkably well for me and I actually don't have it fetching on a timer at all.

I rarely make changes to my contacts and the manual "Refresh" button that appears in the Phone app allows me to sync with Google whenever I want. Calendars also sync automatically every time the Calendar app is opened.

Give it a try.
 

lordofthereef

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Nov 29, 2011
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I know this isn't what people want to hear (that's what I would say), but Google's GMail app has become really fantastic. I noticed it was a 4.5 star app with 5k+ reviews, and when I first tried it MANY months ago it was around 2.5 stars. So I figured I would give it a shot (I currently do have the benefit of "grandfathered" Exchange though). I ran this side by side with my mail app and the gmail app actually gets the notification a split second sooner. Because of how iOS works it doesn't actually download any part of the message before you launch the app though, so that might be a problem for some.

For those who have not recently tried the GMail app, I highly suggest you give it a go. I was a pessimist too. Of course, if you have multiple emails, this doesn't exactly help you much in terms of convenience.
 

bp1000

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Jul 7, 2011
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I agree the gmail app is now better but the fact is it is still a glorified wrapper and as you say it doesn't download any messages.

It might sound pathetic but that delay in loading messages after notifications is really annoying especially when you get quite a few everyday.

I'm using ios mail now and the speed is much better. Despite its poor search and lack of sent threading (which I like) its a better solution for me.

I'm just not looking forward to getting the iPhone 5s from a mail point of view. I need push and I think as its a new device id I will loose gmail exchange and be forced to use the gmail app.

It is very functional just annoyingly slow to load things. Yes I must have high expectations :)