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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by AeroBar, May 15, 2009.
is it possible to use a Mac's "built-in" mail application to access Gmail?
Yes, and if you are on Leopard, I think all you have to do is enter the Gmail address and the password.
Although that will only set it up as POP, better to set it up as IMAP. If you go to gmail.com they have instructions as to how to configure mail.app to get your gmail.
I wrote a tutorial on my blog about this a while back:
The newer version of Mail.app in OS X 10.5 should be easier to setup than the one in OS X 10.4 (the one I used to write that tutorial).
Certain settings will differ depending on if you use IMAP or POP.
thanks the responses, but I'm not exactly an expert with technology.
can anyone explain POP and IMAP, and how do I know which to use?
POP will download all the messages to the computer at once, and usually not leave a copy on the server, which is fine if you only access the email from that one computer.
IMAP downloads a copy of the email as you open it, and leaves the original on the server. If you need to access you Gmail elsewhere, use IMAP.
But also with POP you can choose to leave your messages on the server for a selected number of days before it is deleted.
Yes, but to avoid confusion I only mentioned that in passing by saying a copy is usually not left on the server.
thanks for the quick answer.
I assume IMAP is best, is it?
if a message is deleted on the computer will it delete from your gmail page also, and vice versa?
also how many e-mail accounts can I have in the the MAC mail application?
For Gmail, yes.
With IMAP, yes.
Not sure, how many do you have?
Is there going to be a need for you to access your emails from another computer?
not sure. it's for my mother, but it might be best to have that option.
With the amount of storage Gmail has, just go with IMAP.
i definitely have to agree.
I have one more question.
I was trying to e-mail my sister some music files with my mac mail application.
only one two sent and the rest just got stuck in the outbox so I deleted them, but not even simple text e=mail won't send via the application. but they will go fine on mobile me.
Sounds like some of your application settings are off. Particularly the outgoing mail server settings.
You may have exceeded a limit on the size sent from from that email account in a short time, some ISPs do it because large email traffic like that can be mistaken for spam.
Yes it's normally under 20 mb per email. Isn't that correct? But how many emails are you sending and around what size?
but wouldn't that affect mobile me also?
Directly from the mobile me site? No. That is seen as normal web traffic on port 80, whereas outgoing email (from email apps) is on port 25.
nothing as big as that
Okay thats not it but how many emails are you sending as r.j.s said
even if you send a lot of small emails they can pick it up as spam.
I restarted the MAC and now the mail application is okay.
thanks for the help.
I'm going to try setting up my gmail account on the mail application now to see how it's done before I do it on my Ma's macbook.
I'm following ncmason's instructions on his blog which is for setting up POP.
the mac mail app is asking for the incoming mail sever. Do I just use imap.gmail.com instead of pop.gmail.com.