Push IMAP Solutions?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by blairbeckwith, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. blairbeckwith macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    What do you guys use to get push IMAP on your iPhone (probably via an Exchange service)?

    Does anyone have any experience with NuevaSync.com?

    Anyone use anything different?
  2. vbman213 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
    I'm using Google Sync for Push Gmail. Works wonderfully. No fetching required. Emails arrive instantly.
  3. blairbeckwith thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Hmm, interesting. How does the app work; does it properly display the badge on the mail icon and everything?

    I should note, however, that I host my own mail server on a VPS, so provider-specific solutions won't work for me :(
  4. vbman213 macrumors 6502

    Apr 13, 2010
    Google Sync actually piggybacks on the ActiveSync protocol. Which means that instead of creating a "GMail" mail account on my iPhone, I instead create an Exchange Account and use "m.google.com" as the Exchange server

    I get push gmail, contacts, and calendar. I get all the benefits of my google services, along with TRUE real time PUSH =)

    Purchase Exchange server and run it on your VPS.
  5. Stein357 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Rip City
    Is there a way to clean up all the folders you get when you make the Exchange Gmail account? I've always preferred the simple Inbox, Sent, Drafts, and Trash and nothing else on my phone.
  6. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    I forward my gmail and work email to MobileMe and that gets pushed.
  7. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    *Doesn't apply to OP but I've seen some are using Gmail without Google Sync! and that's a blasphemy ;)*

    If you use Gmail, there is no need to forward it to anything or anywhere like the old days.
    Google has services called Google Sync where it will push Mail, Contacts, and Calendar to your iPhone/iPad

    Instruction is as follows

    Just remember to pick Exchange instead of Gmail when setting it up and stop forwarding stuff ;)
  8. mikey4020 macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2007
    Seeing as you run your own mail sever on a VPS have you considered Z-Push (http://z-push.sourceforge.net/) It's an open source PHP implementation of ActiveSync and requires a but if work to set up. Can be used with an IMAP backend and delivers push email to iPhones and other ActiveSync enabled devices! I have this running on my shared hosting service after a bit of work and the only limitation is that HTML email is experimental. There is a good forum there where you'll either find your answer or someone will be able to help you.
  9. TroyBoy30 macrumors 68020


    Jun 9, 2009
    Atlanta GA
    that's great and all and not to thread jack but why doesn't it sync my contacts and calendars to my gmail account? if i add something new it syncs but it won't sync content that was on my phone prior to set up!
  10. blairbeckwith thread starter macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    Ottawa, Canada
    Very interesting. I'll have to look in to that, thanks!
  11. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Can your mail service forward a copy to another address?

    Get the free 'Boxcar' app and set it up as if you're using G-mail. (Boxcar will think you're using G-Mail even if you're not...doesn't matter.)

    You forward a copy from your mail to Boxcar and Boxcar gives you a push notice with the e-mail's subject line. Then you can even leave mail on 'manual check' to save battery. Just open it whenever Boxar sends a notice and it will fetch the message.
  12. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    I'm thinking of 2 things that may cause this:
    1. Sync interval. It doesn't sync contact right away once you made modification (unlike Push Mail)
    2. The old contents are not in the Gmail exchange contact group? I would just add those numbers from Google Contacts and delete the original number from your phone.
  13. steve knight macrumors 68020

    steve knight

    Jan 28, 2009
    I use mail notifier and keep gmail on manual too. this really saves batteries push gmail is a big battery sucker. but you can still setup an account to push calendar and contacts with no real battery hits.
  14. tempusfugit macrumors 65816

    May 21, 2009
    I push contacts and calendars through my google apps account set up as an exchange server but I turned off push mail, and created a standard imap profile for that to save battery. Fetching every half hour isn't that big a deal to me, emails don't need to have the urgency of text messages...
  15. normwood macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2008
    In a house...duh!
    This is awesome! If you right here I would give you a big man hug! :D

    I know have my work e-mail and gmail syncing through Exchange and my personal contacts and calendar syncing through MobileMe. I am coolness now! :cool:

  16. Acejam2k macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2008
    Do you have any specific need to host your own mail server on the VPS? I have a few VPS's as well for various projects - but I leave all of the mail handling up to Google Apps (free version). For any form submissions on my pages, I just use plain old sendmail and disabled all relay settings. (only local/apache user can send email)

    Then once you have Google Apps running - use Google Sync. (setup as Exchange acocunt) This solution works perfect!
  17. MunnyGuy macrumors member

    Feb 26, 2008
    Thank you this was VERY helpful!!!!!:D It works!!!!!
  18. BigOrangeSU macrumors regular

    Dec 22, 2008
    does anyone find the search feature sucks with google sync? I mean I know the search email feature on the iphone sucks anyways but isn't it especially bad with google sync? I switched back to imap just because of how bad the search was. It seems to be a problem with loading the messages. I have it set to load 30 days but still its weird.
  19. cl601amt macrumors member

    Aug 4, 2010
    How hard is it on the battery?
  20. Peterg2 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 28, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    I have an account with Rackspace and my email boxes there use IMAP. Rackspace supports the IMAP IDLE command and in order to get essentially instant notification on my iPhone (actually 6 or so seconds delay due to the latency of the links) I use the Pushmail app which is available on the iPhone store.

    This is highly configurable and is bullet-proof reliable and the author is constantly updating it. Here is the website:

  21. applebright macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    Thanks for the tip!

    I set it up and it seems to work fine, with the exception of one thing. Whenever I try to search for an email in my inbox and click "Continue search on the server" it doesn't work, even though I have set the exchange sync to unlimited in the settings. Is this an inherent problem with the program or is there a setting I can play around with?

    Thanks in advance!
  22. RedCloud75013 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    search mail issue

    the problem that I'm experiencing with using gmail thru google sync, is that I cannot retrieve emails by searching for them. It will only search among emails send few months back, but never through the entire mailbox...
    Some other folks have described the issue on the apple forums too.
  23. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Unfortunately, I haven't tried this myself heh

    The poster above me seemed to indicate the same problem as you...

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