Need help configuring your Gmail account on your iPhone? The process isn’t quite as simple as choosing Gmail’s default profile builder that’s included with your phone. Now that Google has added IMAP to their Gmail service, you can easily sync up your Gmail account with your iPhone in just a few simple steps. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to configure Gmail on your iPhone using IMAP.
1. Enable IMAP
Before configuring your Gmail account, you may need to enable IMAP. To do this, first open the Gmail web client and click on Settings. In the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, tap “enable IMAP.” Don’t forget to click on “save changes” before exiting.
2. Add Your Gmail Account
Next, add your Gmail account. Open the Settings menu and select Mail, Contacts, Calendars from the list of options. From here, you can tap Add Account and select Other.
3. Enter Your Account Information
After clicking “Other,” you will be prompted to add your name, email address and your Gmail login password. Add “Gmail” to the description field. Once you have entered your details, tap Save in the upper right-hand corner.
4. Edit the Incoming Mail Server Settings
In the “Incoming Mail Server,” enter “imap.gmail.com” in the Host Name field. In the User Name field, enter your full Gmail address. The Password field should be filled in automatically after entering your Gmail address.
5. Edit the Outgoing Mail Server Settings
The Outgoing Mail Server settings also allows you to adjust the host name, user name and password. In the Host Name field, enter “smtp.gmail.com,” and enter your full Gmail address in the User Name field. Finally, enter your Gmail password in the Password field. Once you have edited these settings, tap Save in the upper right corner. After your phone verifies your new settings, it will return you to the Settings tab.
Your account should now be properly configured, and it should appear in on your account list in your phone’s Mail app. If your Gmail account is not listed, repeat the steps above carefully.
Gmail Sign In with the Gmail App
You can also access your Gmail account through the Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad. The app can be downloaded from the iTunes store.
To sign into your Gmail account, begin by opening the Gmail app. Tap the Menu icon and tap your account address. Next, tap Add Account and enter your Gmail username and password.
Once you are sign into your Gmail account, you will automatically be logged into other Google products, such as Drive, Maps and YouTube. The Gmail app allows you to use most of Gmail’s features and supports up to five Google accounts.
While it is possible to configure a Gmail account by simply tapping Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account > Gmail, this method doesn’t always work for everyone. The steps listed above are part of an advanced setup method, which tends to be the most successful way to configure Gmail accounts on an iPhone.