Discussion in 'iPhone' started by macDonalds, Jul 15, 2008.

  1. macDonalds macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    I have found that Gmail on the iPhone is somewhat sketchy in fetching. This was true, anyway, with 1.1 firmware and POP. However, I'm wondering if anyone knows the reliability of it fetching on 2.0 and say using IMAP. Any pros are cons here?
  2. amazingdave macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    google calls it push

    I haven't tried it yet. Still waiting for my iPhone to come.

    But according to google and one blog post I read earlier, it works great & offers the same benefits as push email. Is it technically push? I dont exactly understand. This is probably not a great 1st post... I'm just excited to get my new phone.

    I'd also like to hear from someone that has it set up though.
  3. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
  4. b1gted macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2007
    Bartlesville, OK
    Has worked perfectly for me. Even when version 1.1.4 was out.
  5. thor79 macrumors 6502


    Jun 8, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    It's not 100% push as when you aren't in mail it doesn't sync, but you can get it to fetch as little as every 15 minutes outside of mail (separate setting). It works fine as far as I can tell. Works well enough for my non-critical purposes. I wouldn't use it for stuff like on-call notifications though.
  6. jakeacc macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    I heard if you set up the Gmail account on your iPhone according to Gmail's online iPhone tutorial, then it works really well.

    This is the video:

    It was posted by Google several months ago so I'm wondering if Apple configured the Gmail IMAP settings properly in the default email account screen on your iPhone.
  7. amazingdave macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    is there a push solution

    So does anyone know if there is a solution out there for your gmail to actually push to the iphone with gmail? you know... instantly?

    I dont get emails that are so crucial they cant wait 15 minutes, but I'd really like to get thim instantly....
  8. macDonalds thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    I'm with ya. I've been testing out a couple of solutions, both of which have failed miserably.

    1.) MobileMe
    2.) Yahoo Push

    I would use gmail to fwd to both, since they are push and gmail is not. I had sketchy results though and have pretty much lost hope with that. I'm fine with the 15 minutes interval as long as it works. So far with gmail IMAP, things look good.
  9. fatalcure macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2008
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_0 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5A347 Safari/525.20)

    eh it is a lil scetchy...sometimes it doesn't fetch automatically like I have it set for every 15 minutes..
    This morning I had an email at 7am but at 10pm my iPhone mail icon still showed no new messages...after I clicked on the mail icon and it synced it showed my new emails I received a couple of hours ago...
  10. wkw macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2004
    Eugene, OR
    I have been using an IMAP gmail account for awhile and have been very pleased with it. I can easily keep track of my email with my iMac, MBA, or iPhone. Much better than pop when using more than one computer. No more mail folders to worry about backing up either. I guess if google were ever to tank then I would be in a bit of a pickle.
  11. macDonalds thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 8, 2007
    I just set it up a few hours ago... looking good so far. One question though: if I view an email on my iPhone, shouldn't my Mac Mail (when updated) show it as being read? It works the other way around (Mac read -> iPhone read).
  12. tritonj macrumors 6502a

    Jun 12, 2008
    yes that should work both ways, if you are setup as IMAP
  13. mas90guru macrumors member


    Dec 30, 2007
    Am I the only one whose GMAIL iMap mail stalls while retrieving?

    My Gmail iMap retrieval works about 75% of the time. I push refresh and the iPhone (3G) grabs the incoming mail correctly MOST of the time.

    The other 25% of the time it either takes forever (I get tired of watching the spinning ball so I don't know if it finishes) to get the mail.

    My trick to get it to complete is to back out of inbox and go to my empty draft box. If I sit in the draft box the email times out (spinning ball stops) then I can go into my inbox without much of a problem.

    I think the issues is that if the iMap errors out -- the mail program doesn't properly time out or has a very long timeout.

    Anyone find this to be an issue on their device?
  14. View macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2007
    Here is what you need. Mail2Web, it's free and is working great for me.
    However, it takes a minute or two to forward mails from gmail to mail2web, but then it pushes it instantly.

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