Mac Mail & Gmail Exchange ActiveSync - Help

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  1. heads up macrumors member

    heads up

    Dec 8, 2007
    Toronto, Canada
    So I found out recently that I can setup my Gmail account to support push via Exchange ActiveSync for my iPhone. This feature is amazing! All my emails and contacts get synced and pushed straight to my iPhone from my Gmail acount.

    For those who don't know this:

    Now here's my dilemma. I want to set this up on my MacBook Pro for Mail. I'm running Snow Leopard, so theoretically it should work because Mail 4 and Snow Leopard support Microsoft Exchange, but when I enter my email address and password into Mail, it automatically creates the new account using the Gmail IMAP server instead of the Exchange server.

    Is there any way to manually setup a Gmail account using the Exchange server in Mail 4?
  2. wjanoch macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2007
    Don't enter your password yet

    If you leave your password blank, continue, error, continue again.

    Then you can select Exchange 2007.

    Only problem is, I can't find anyone who knows the "Incoming Mail Server" setting for this to work. I tried,, and, and even none work.

    The big reason to do this of course is so that one setup syncs mail, contacts, and calendars. There are other ways to get them all setup, but what a pain to do it separately on several computers.

  3. iammike1 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 25, 2007
    Columbia MD
    To my understanding the Exchange services Gmail offers will only allow connections from specified mobile devices.
  4. shotdot macrumors newbie

    Oct 31, 2012
    Exchange Gmail/Google Mac Mail

    This is what google gave me when I emailed them about exchange and gmail...

    "Basically, on iOS, Apple has decided to incorporate the possibility to use ActiveSync, which is the system that’s used by Microsoft Exchange and since this is a very accessible sync type, so Google was able to use it to achieve an easy way to sync on the iOS.

    This same option isn’t available directly on the Mac OS. In fact, the protocol that Google usually uses for syncing is MAPI and this is not a protocol that’s accessible to desktop Macs. Last year, the hope was that Microsoft Outlook 2011 would bring some of these protocols onto the Mac platform but, in the end, it still uses the same basic thing that are already incorporated into Apple Mail, Address Book, and iCal. Right now, users who are not running the proprietary iCloud sync, are forced to use 3 different protocols: IMAP, CalDAV, and CardDAV (or SyncML).

    You can be sure that as soon as new protocols become available for the Mac OS, they will be incorporated into Google’s products!"

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