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Gmail goes IMAP, offers iPhone tips

updated 12:10 am EDT, Wed October 24, 2007

Gmail offers IMAP access

While not yet formally announced, Google has finally begun offering IMAP access for users of its free email service. The company on Tuesday offered instructions on how users can enable IMAP access on their accounts, allowing users to organize email into folders, save drafts, and access sent mail from multiple clients. While the default Gmail setting does not yet work on the iPhone, the Mountain View-based company has posted instructions on using the new IMAP features on Apple's popular device. (Note the service does not appear to be enabled for all accounts yet.)

The documentation notes that Gmail's IMAP service supports SSL for both incoming (i.e. browsing) and outgoing mail; however it is unclear whether the service currently supports the Blackberry-like "push"-style email, which notifies users upon receipt of any email. Currently, only Yahoo! Mail supports "push" email notifications to the iPhone (rather than periodic/timed checking).

by MacNN Staff





  1. ~bash $

    Joined: Dec 1969


    pro imap

    Been requesting imap for years on gmail. Very happy it's finally here!

  1. LtCarter47

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Very cool

    Google is one step closer to replacing my need for .Mac

  1. boazh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    works awesome on my iPhone...In addtion to the Inbox, I have the following folders: All Mail, Drafts, Sent Mail, Spam (take note Apple), Starred, Trash. I also have other folders such as: Applications.gDisk, Documents.gDisk, Important.gDisk, Movies.gDisk, Music.gDisk, and Pictures.gDisk... I assume it's the contant of my Goodle Disk... wow , I can't believe it!

  1. boulder1259

    Joined: Dec 1969


    You guys are lucky...

    Apparently only a few of the accounts have IMAP. I'm hoping that they roll the feature out system wide, but who knows?

  1. wintermute1

    Joined: Dec 1969


    IMAP not Enabled for Me

    No luck on configuring my iphone. I guess I will have to wait.


  1. alpha rays max

    Joined: Dec 1969


    works great!

    It's working great so far for me!

  1. legacyb4

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Folders in the web client

    For those who have access, I'm assuming you can create folders; how do these show up in the web client (besides the tags)?

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