How To Enable Push Gmail Using Google Sync For iPhone And iPad


18.01.2011

How To Enable Push Gmail Using Google Sync For iPhone And iPad

iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices are featuring support for SMTP and IMAP protocols to open Gmail contents, but this means that the support for full syncing nor pushing emails, contacts and calendars with Gmail, does not exist.

Google includes the Google Sync service, which is the service that features the protocol called Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync and because of this all the Gmail contents of your account, such as mail messages, calendar and contacts are being synced with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. This means that by reading this article and by following all the instructions in it, you will have full Gmail push support on your Apple device.

Google Sync allows you to view mails and also edit the messages in your Inbox, contacts and calendars info existent on the smartphone. Also, you can configure Google Sync to alert you whenever you receive new mail or if there is a calendar event approaching. All these are possibile because of the support for push notifications that Apple decided to install into their devices. Below you can find all the instructions on how to do just. This guide needs to used by users owning iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad running on iOS 3.0 and above versions and wish for their device to feature push Gmail with Google Exchange Sync. Follow the steps below:

  1. Open the Settings app on your iPgone, iPad or iPod Touch.

  2. Now tap ‘Mail, Contacts, Calendar’ button.

  3. Now select ‘Add Account’.

  4. Now you have to choose ‘Microsoft Exchange’, in order to set the push Gmail feature. ┬áPlease note that the iOS 4.0 and later versions contain support for more than one Exchange account that can be configured and, in case your iOS gandget can support only one account , then you should use the CalDAV to sync the Google Calendar and the IMAP to sync Gmail.

  5. Type in your Gmail address in the ‘Email’ and ‘Username’ boxes and the password needs to be entered in its field. Do not change the ‘Domain’ box, leave it blank, while in the Description box you need to enter the name of the email account, like Gmail.

  6. Now tap ‘Next’.

  7. The info you’ve entered is about to be confirmed and you should see a ‘Server’ option. Type in the following server address: m.google.com.

  8. Tap on ‘Next’.

  9. If the details you entered were correct, you’re OK and everything has been confirmed. Now you will see that ‘Exchange Account’ will ask you to select which services you wish to sync, Mail, Calendars, Contacts or all or any other combination of the options. Please note that if you select Contacts and Calendar, you will have to choose ‘Keep on my iPhone’ feature so that the contacts and calendar won’t be removed, as you can sync those with your PC through iTunes. If you wish to sync the ‘My Contacts’ list, you have to choose ‘Delete Existing Contacts’ feature when Google Sync asks you whether you wish to do it or not.

  10. Tap ‘Save’.

Now if you wish to use the Google Sync feature with Google Apps, then you will have to follow the steps listed below:

  1. Log into the Google Apps admin control panel.

  2. Select ‘Service Settings’ and then ‘Mobile’.

  3. Now tick the button placed right next to the ‘Enable Google Sync’ feature.

  4. Save and that’s it.

Please note that Google Sync is kinda limited in functions, such as the fact that it can’t delete email messages, as instead it will archive the inbox Gmail message. You can read here more about the limitations of ‘push Gmail via Exchange Sync’ protocol. I hope that this guide did the trick for you and, that now your iPhone features push Gmail notifications.

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