Google Adds IMAP Access For GMail

FunkyJunk

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Note: I would respectfully ask edesignuk not to lock this thread. I think there are people who would like to discuss the iphone-specific issues surrounding Gmail IMAP support without confusing Mac Mail cross-conversations.
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I set up my iPhone to accept Gmail's new IMAP support, but it doesn't seem to be doing any "push" email. I can only get new emails if I go into the iPhone's mail application or set up automatic polling on the phone. I was under the impression that IMAP specifically implied "push" email, but perhaps not?

For the record, I've set everything up as per Gmail's instruction pages.
 

edesignuk

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IMAP is not Push. It just keeps messages on the server, it doesn't push them down to you though. You still have to "request" new messages.
 

Fuchal

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Note: I would respectfully ask edesignuk not to lock this thread. I think there are people who would like to discuss the iphone-specific issues surrounding Gmail IMAP support without confusing Mac Mail cross-conversations.
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I set up my iPhone to accept Gmail's new IMAP support, but it doesn't seem to be doing any "push" email. I can only get new emails if I go into the iPhone's mail application or set up automatic polling on the phone. I was under the impression that IMAP specifically implied "push" email, but perhaps not?

For the record, I've set everything up as per Gmail's instruction pages.
I havent seen any specific reference claiming that gmail does push imap (it has to support IDLE). But I also feel that the iPhone does not support push imap on just any old imap account - only yahoo. (you dont seem to get the push on/off option for any imap account you set up other than yahoo's) I may be wrong, however. :)
 

FunkyJunk

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IMAP != push.... understood. Sorry to see that, but I'm not going to go back to my Gmail>Yahoo forwarding mess in order to get that back. I guess I don't really mind checking myself and letting the phone poll every 15 minutes if it means that read/unread mail gets updated across both platforms.
 

billchase2

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it works GREAT! i now have access to all my "folders" within gmail and everything. quite happy! i've been waiting for this...
 

mobilehavoc

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IMAP 'push' aka Yahoo on iPhone is done using IMAP_IDLE which is usually supported out of box with any IMAP implementation. However, iPhone's IMAP support doesn't work with IMAP_IDLE for any IMAP account except for Yahoo right now.

Basically IMAP_IDLE leaves the connection to the IMAP server open and receives notification from the server when new mail arrives. I have a personal IMAP account that works this way in Outlook but not on iPhone.
 

x0lliex

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My very old gmail account from May 2004 has IMAP enabled. I have just set it up on the iPhone and it is so much better than pop. I didn't have to go through and mark every single email as read, they already arrived read (as they have obviously been read already). I can also see all of my folders and can actually delete stuff from the phone. My other gmail account from December 2004 has yet to get IMAP support.
 

chrischile22

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sent email

does the new gmail IMAP prevent every email you send from your iphone from arriving back in your inbox as an unread email?
 

chrischile22

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sent mail

Well, if it puts it in the inbox as "read" then that solves 90% of the problem... it's just annoying to send an email, then forget about it, put the phone back in your pocket, only to get a "beep" several minutes later letting you know that you have mail. So, you think, "cool, I got a reply," or "huh, I wonder what new email I have?", only to be fooled once because, nope, it's just the same email you sent a few minutes ago.
 

iscripter

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Gmail IMAP support

When can you tell if you have access to IMAP support on Gmail. Do they send you a email to let you know of the new feature or do you just have to keep going back and checking your settings panel in Gmail?

I need this new functionality bad.
 

Drumjim85

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When can you tell if you have access to IMAP support on Gmail. Do they send you a email to let you know of the new feature or do you just have to keep going back and checking your settings panel in Gmail?

I need this new functionality bad.
ya, it just appears in the settings ... theres a tab that read something like ... forwarding pop/imap
 

Mondochuk

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I didn't see it specifically addressed anywhere, but on the iPhone support site they say you can "copy" a conversation to multiple folders (labels). I'm not sure what I'm missing, how do you "copy" a new e-mail to different folders while keeping it in the inbox? Or just "copy" it to one folder for that matter? All I see is "Move" it to a folder. :confused:
 

FunkyJunk

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Unless you're actually referring to IMAP (which Yahoo has), then just go through the big Gmail button on your iPhone email setup and you'll get POP access.
 

Drumjim85

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No, am I missing something here? I dislike the Yahoo POP and am hoping to get my GMail account on POP.

Why would I be sarcastic?
Cause pop is so old, everything has pop ... gmail has always had this ...

although I'm not sure why you want to use pop when IMAP is now available...
 
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