Gmail on iOS Mail app issues

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by leonb, Dec 27, 2012.

  1. leonb macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    #1
    I configured my Gmail account as an Exchange account on my iPhone 5's Mail app in order to use push rather than fetch. Two problems:

    1. There are too many unnecessary folders ([Gmail], etc) and I can't get rid of them, so the screen is unpleasantly cluttered with useless rubbish.

    2. When I delete an email it's archived.

    I've been searching for solutions for hours now. Both issues have been raised before - I couldn't find a solution for no.1, and no.2 is supposedly resolved, though this doesn't work for me (when I go m.google.com/sync on my phone's Safari browser I do not get the options others seem to - there's no way to select my iPhone, and no box to tick/untick relating to deleting/archiving).

    I would be very grateful if someone could help me out here, as this is driving me mad!
     
  2. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
    #2
    I'm trying to figure this out today, also. I just got an iPhone 5.

    I have three folders under [Gmail] in iOS mail and that would seem to be the minimum. Nothing I know of can get rid of those.

    Google has eliminated support for ActiveSync in free accounts on new iOS devices. Supposed to end January 30, but as you and I have discovered the old method of visiting m.google.com/sync isn't valid anymore, so it would seem the change is effective as of now...for "delete" instead of "archive".

    Even moving the message directly to the trash bin results in the message being moved to "All Mail".

    I have created a label/folder at Gmail called "[Gmail]/*Garbage" that now appears at the top under "[Gmail]" and I'm dumping my trash into that on the iPhone. I can empty that folder later at the Gmail website or in my computer's email client. At least it's not getting mixed up in the "All Mail" folder.

    Delete works correctly in the Gmail App, but unfortunately there's no unified inbox in the Gmail App. I'd probably use it if there were.
     
  3. Beachguy macrumors 6502a

    Beachguy

    Joined:
    Nov 23, 2011
    #3
    If I may gently suggest using the GMail app, you may find it better. I never liked using Gmail in the mail app on my iPads, but the Google native app is fine.
     
  4. leonb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    #4
    Beachguy, not really keen on the Gmail app, because it isn't perfectly integrated with iOS - for example, forwarding ("sharing") something directly by email opens the native Mail app. Also, as Apple doesn't allow you to delete core apps, I would have two mail apps hogging precious screen estate.

    Seems like Gmail went out of its way to bully people onto their recently refreshed app.
     
  5. stevelam macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 4, 2010
    #5
    gmail app is way better than the garbage stock app. too bad apple doesnt let anyone change default clients. same with the crap that is safari.
     
  6. Brazuca macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2003
    #6
    Since Google announced it would be dropping Exchange support soon, I simply stopped using my gmail account. I set up all email to be forwarded to my icloud.com email and now use a single account in my Mail app. Works with Push perfectly, and I can set up a rule to filter my gmail if I want to.

    Only google could have pried my loved gmail from me. But removing the ability to do Push is a dealbreaker.
     
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
    #7
    You may be right about the bullying. As far as "precious screen estate" goes I hope you're kidding!

    If Gmail adds a unified Inbox I'll start using it. Hopefully they'll add a few more notification sounds to choose from, too. i'd leave my accounts in the stock app, also, because of the integration you mentioned.
     
  8. Androidfan1x macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Oct 8, 2012
    #8
    That's why the verge wrote this article (read part 1) http://www.theverge.com/2012/12/5/3732364/best-way-gmail-google-calendar-iphone-how-to

    Or if you don't want to read: basically use the Gmail app from Google cuz its better, but set up Gmail in the default apple mail app for sending purpose only
     
  9. whsbuss macrumors 68040

    whsbuss

    Joined:
    May 4, 2010
    Location:
    SE Penna.
  10. BrianBaughn macrumors 601

    BrianBaughn

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2011
    Location:
    Baltimore, Maryland
    #10
  11. ctyrider macrumors 6502a

    ctyrider

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2012
    #11
    Use native Gmail app.. configure "manual" IMAP account in stock mail just for "sharing" integration.. hide stock mail app into a folder.. Problem solved.
     
  12. leonb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 26, 2008
    #12
    Thanks for this - it works!

    Only remaining problem is how to get rid of those unnecessary folders, but I have a feeling that may not be possible.
     
  13. N076 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Mar 4, 2013
    #13
    Did you ever figure out how to remove those unnecessary folders in the iOS Mail app?

    Thanks!
     

Share This Page