Trouble with Gmail IMAP on iPhone 3G

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by Josh784, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. Josh784, Jul 25, 2008
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011
  2. macr88 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    why don't you just use the default method?
    It works great for me and I have all my added folders.
  3. brian5 macrumors member


    Jul 15, 2008
    CT, USA
    I agree. Just use the default GMail setup that is already on the iPhone. No problems with that.
  4. jakeacc macrumors regular

    Jan 28, 2008
    Google recommmends using their process as opposed to the default Gmail "Add Account" option on the iPhone. (due to how the default settings delete messages instead of archiving)

    I followed the the Google Help Center instructions as well as watched their YouTube tutorial and was able to get my account set up successfully. However, when I try to SEND an email via my iPhone, I get an "Connection to failed" error. Not sure what went wrong.
  5. Stalban macrumors newbie

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fetch is the only option for gmail on the iphone. You either have to manually check or set it to check at various intervals.
  6. macr88 macrumors newbie

    Jun 18, 2008
    IMAP has nothing to do with fetch.
    Fetch and push are the two different methods for the way the phones gets mail from the server. Push has the mail server push the mail to the phone and fetch will either check for mail at a specified interval or manualy. Gmail doesn't support push as far as I know at this time.
  7. fishballer macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2007
    on a somewhat related (but not really) question, how reliable is the fetch? i set it for every hour, but when i wake up in the morning, the iphone shows no new messages when in realty there's a whole bunch of emails. I have to manually get them.

    am i the only one with this problem?

  8. danny_w macrumors 601

    Mar 8, 2005
    Austin, TX
    Gmail DOES support push via IMAP IDLE, but unfortunately the iPhone doesn't do the same. The new (v3.4) now supports IMAP IDLE, and it works great; I get my gmail emails as soon as they come in, not when does a fetch. I wish they would add the same to the iPhone.
  9. Josh784 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2008
    Agreed, a friend has push Gmail on her Blackberry, and it works perfectly. If Apple weren't trying to cash in on Mobile Me, I'm sure push Gmail would already be on the iPhone :rolleyes:
  10. nycgirl macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2008
    I am having this same problem -- for the past week or so on the new 3G phone. Does anyone have a solution? I've heard that you can create a shadow Yahoo account (that will push rather than fetch) but I'm not sure about doing that as it's a POP account rather than IMAP.

    Any suggestions/ideas about the IMAP error would be great.
  11. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    works with wifi but not with 3G

    Anyone also experiencing this? Any known solution?
  12. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    gmail works in wifi but fails in 3G

    Anyone else experiencing this? Any known solution?
  13. AlphaBob macrumors regular


    Jan 28, 2008
    Rhode Island
    gmail works great for me with imap...

    Looking at the settings I have (via settings/mail/ then picking my gmail account):

    Name (my name)
    Address (my gmail account like
    Description (whatever makes sense to you)

    Outgoing Mail server

    Advanced has the following:
    Use SSL ON
    Authentication Password
    IMAP Path prefix
    Server Port 993

    That said, I deleted the above account and used the settings/mail/Add Account button and picked the GMail choice. After answering a few questions I had a IMAP connection that was running. No manual configuration was required, nor did I use any Google app or info.
  14. Small White Car macrumors G4

    Small White Car

    Aug 29, 2006
    Washington DC
    Because Google says that doing that changes the way archiving and deleting messages works from the way it's supposed to work.

    Call me crazy, but I'd rather things work the way they're supposed to.
  15. TheJoker macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2008
    Near Oxford, UK
    Has there been any progress on GMail and IMAP IDLE? My IMAP email accounts work as advertised except for the IDLE part (a.k.a IMAP "push"). It only checks for new emails when I open up the email client. This is annoying as it works perfectly on my Mac, my Nokia N800 and my SonyEricsson K850i. On the K850i it even works so well that the phone sometimes buzzes a second or two before the on my desktop shows new email.
    This should work on the iPhone (especially as there's Yahoo Mail that does push).
  16. sarahcross macrumors newbie

    Dec 14, 2009
    Oakland, Ca
    Password and Username wrong

    I've gone three months without a problem and all of a sudden my gmail (set up through the phone's default) will not connect. It says "incorrect username or password)

    I've removed the account and readded it with the correct info...that is verified on my computer. Soo...what now. My username and password are the same that i'm inputting in gmail on the computer.

    Is this an IMAP issue?
  17. Josephway macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2009
    The default setting is reasonable!

    It's a reasonable choice!
  18. sparky7 macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I access gmail from my iphone using activesync, selecting the exchange option and then using the server Not sure if normal gmail accounts can use this because I use google apps with my own domain..

    Actually looks like you can:

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