How to Set Up Push Gmail in iPhone Mail

Gmail icon on Iphone 5S
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Mere seconds after your email address receives the message, you get it too — wherever you are. When you open the email program, all the mail is already there — no need to wait for downloads to finish.

With push Gmail for iPhone Mail via Exchange ActiveSync, these conveniences are right in your palm. Adding Gmail as a push Exchange account is easy, too.

Note that some things may work differently from the Gmail web interface, though:

  • To delete a message, move it to the [Gmail]/Trash folder.
  • To archive a message, delete it from the Inbox or move it to [Gmail]/All Mail.
  • To mark a message as spam, move it to the [Gmail]/Spam folder.

Set Up Push Gmail in iPhone Mail

To add Gmail as a push (Exchange) account to iPhone Mail using Google's Exchange ActiveSync interface:

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  • Using iPhone OS 1, 2 and 3:
    • Make sure you have no other Exchange account set up on your iPhone that you intend to keep.
    • Push Gmail will replace any existing Exchange account, whose mail, contacts and calendar will not longer synchronize with iPhone Mail, Contacts and Calendar.
  • Tap Settings on the iPhone Home screen.
  • Go to Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Tap Add Account... under Accounts.
  • Choose Microsoft Exchange.
  • Enter your Gmail address ("", for example) under Email.
  • Tap "" (not including the quotation marks) under Domain.
  • Now tap your full Gmail address under Username.
  • Enter your Google Calendar password under Password.
  • Optionally, tap "Gmail" under Description.
  • Tap Next.
  • Choose Accept if the iPhone is unable to verify the "" certificate.
  • Enter "" under Server.
  • Tap Next again.
  • Make sure Mail is ON.
  • Turn ON Calendars if you want iPhone Calendar to sync with Google Calendar; note that iPhone Calendar can synchronize only with one calendar source, and Google Calendar will replace an existing MobileMe or, iCal or Exchange calendar.
  • Turn ON Contacts only if you have copied your existing contacts to Gmail. Otherwise, your existing iPhone address book will be replaced with your Gmail contacts.
  • Tap Done.

Now, you can decide which Gmail folders you want pushed to iPhone Mail, and how many previous days' messages you want to sync.

Push Gmail Alternatives

You can also get push notifications of new Gmail emails using tools such as Syphir SmartPush, GPush or PushMail.

Gmail as a POP or IMAP Account in iPhone Mail

Of course, you can also set up Gmail as an IMAP or POP account in iPhone Mail. This lets you sync your iPhone with another Exchange account, and works multiple Gmail accounts, too.

Enable Gmail Push for an Existing Google Calendar Account in iPhone

To enable mail synchronization for a Google Calendar account you've added to iPhone Calendar:

  • Tap Settings on the iPhone Home screen.
  • Select Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Tap the Google Calendar account under Accounts.
  • Make sure ON is selected for Mail.
  • Press the Home button.