There are two ways to set up Gmail on your iPhone. The first uses the straight-forward approach in which you select Gmail as the email provider when adding a new email account on your iPhone. This will work fine, but will only set up fetchâ€ email, which only updates every 15 minutes or more. For those of you who use your email intensively, having nearly instant email notifications is important, and that’s where push email comes into play. This guide will show you how to set up push email with your Gmail account for near-instant email notifications.
Note: This guide is written using an iOS4 device, exact directions may vary on the iPad or devices running older firmware. However, this should still work fine if you are running firmware version 3.0 or later.
- Open the Settings app on your iPhone.
- Open the Mail, Contacts, Calendars section.
- Click Add Accountâ€¦.
- Select Microsoft Exchange.
- In the Email field, enter your entire email address (ie: [email protected]).
- Do not enter anything in the Domain field.
- In the Username field, enter your entire email address (ie: [email protected]).
- Enter your Gmail accounts password in the Password field.
- At the top right of the screen, click the Next button.
- A new Serverâ€ field will appear. In the Server field, enter m.google.com
- At the top right of the screen, click the Next button again.
- On the following screen, ensure that the Mail switch is toggled to On, then click Save at the top right of the screen.
Congratulations! You’ve now set up push Gmail on your iPhone or other iDevice.
While push email is my preferred method of email configuration on the iPhone, there are some instances in which you might not want to use it. Push email may slightly reduce your device’s battery life. If you don’t necessarily need instant email updates, or don’t receive many emails in a day, you might opt to configure Gmail in the traditional way (by selecting it as the provider when setting up your account on the iPhone) in order to save a bit on battery life. Of course, if you can get through a whole day with your iDevice without running out of battery life, you may as well configure your device for push notifications, unless the frequent notifications bother you!