iPhone How To: Configure Push for gMail

Back in September last year, Google added Push service to its email server. However, not everyone’s familiar with it yet. In fact, I found most of my friends still accessing Gmail via IMAP, the default on iPhone. So today, we not only tell you how to configure Google Sync but also the advantages of the same.

There are several ways of accessing your mail on the iPhone. One approach is to launch your mail server via Safari, the mobile browser. Another is to configure Gmail via the Mail app the default way using IMAP. However, the third and the best approach is to setup a Google Sync account in the Mail app.

Google Sync for iPhone and iPad seamlessly synchronizes Gmail, Calendar and Contacts with your device. Once set up, Google Sync works automatically in the background. Changes to your Calendar events and Contacts will be pushed to your phone immediately when they occur.

Why Google Sync is Better?

  1. PUSH Support
    Unlike your IMAP setup this will enable Push delivery on your device. For those of you not so familiar with Push services, I’ll explain it in brief.

    Push service as opposed to the conventional pull service will send your emails to your mobile device as soon as it arrives, in realtime. So, you can imagine Email arriving with the spontaneity like that of SMS.

    While this will increase the load on your battery significantly it is a great feature and sometimes comes very handy. For instance, you have applied for a Job in ten places and anxiously have been waiting for replies from your people, you don’t need to check your mail every now and then. Push will intimate you as soon as you have a new mail. Alternatively, you could use fetch every 15 minutes or half an hour.

  2. Offline Messages
    iPhone users getting gmail via IMAP will recall that their offline messages are not sent to them. In fact, no chat messages appear in their mailbox ever. However, with Google sync enabled no matter where you are, whenever your contacts ping you over IM, you will be intimated via push in the form of an email.So, it’s easier to stay in touch this way. No waiting for your friend to come online. You will know when he buzzes you.

Alright I’m Impressed. Tell me how to configure it?
Follow these steps to configure Google Sync on your Apple device.

1. Open the Settings application on your device’s home screen.
2. Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
3. Tap Add Account….
4. Select Microsoft Exchange.

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address. If you use an @googlemail.com address, you may see an “Unable to verify certificate” warning when you proceed to the next step.
6. Leave the Domain field blank.
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen.
9a. Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
10. When the new Server field appears, enter m.google.com.
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again.

12. Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.

13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the “All Contacts” group instead.

You’ve set up Google Sync! Synchronization will begin automatically if you have Push enabled on your device. You can also open the Mail, Calendar or Contacts app and wait a few seconds to start a sync.

Leave us a comment if you face any difficulties. We’d love to help you to the best of our abilities. Also let us know how you liked the new syncing method. Feel more empowered now, don’t you?

7 thoughts on “iPhone How To: Configure Push for gMail”

  1. The steps which you have mentioned for configuration is really good mate
    🙂 🙂

  2. Thanks for the setup steps – push is SOOOOOOOOO much better than IMAP!

    I have had an issue, however; I set up several calendar items and they have yet to show up on the iPod Touch. The contacts and the mail seem to be syncing just fine. There should be a way to force an update.

    Thanks again…


  3. Rajat,
    These are nice steps. But I am not sure why I am getting ‘The connection to the server failed’ while I go to my inbox after I have successfully added the account. I have checked couple of times and the password is correct. Any help on this would be appreciated.

  4. eally good tutorial. I love this guide and this will help me alot, thankyou man!

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