As of January 30, 2013, Google will no longer allow you to set up new Gmail accounts on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch using Google Sync (its implementation of Microsoft’s great ActiveSync protocol) . While existing accounts will still be able to use it, the next time you want to add a new Google mail account to your device, you’ll need to use the IMAP service, which works well with Apple’s Mail application and allows for a unified inbox with other non-Gmail accounts. Another option is to use the standalone Gmail app, available in the App Store, but while the app is great, the integration won’t be the same.
Configuring Gmail in the Gmail app
Google’s Gmail application is excellent, supporting both push mail and multiple account settings, and having all the unique features of Gmail, such as labels or stars. You can even have easy access to other options such as out of office. If you’re only going to use Gmail for email, it’s definitely the best option you can find. If you use several email providers and don’t mind accessing them through different applications, it’s also a great option. Unfortunately, as you know, you can’t set up third-party applications as the default in iOS, so you’ll probably end up setting up your account in Apple’s Mail application, if only for convenience.
However, we’re going to take you through the steps of setting up new accounts in the Google Gmail application:
1 . Download the Gmail application from the App Store.
2 . Click on “Open” when the download is complete. If you’ve returned to the home screen, click the Gmail icon.
3 . Enter your email address and password.
4 . Click on “Login” .
Setting up Gmail in Apple’s Mail application
Gmail is one of the main email services that are configured in the iOS Mail application. You use IMAP to receive mail, but because of Google’s lack of standard settings and Apple’s lack of specific support for that non-standard setting, you won’t get push mail and won’t have access to stars and labels, among other Gmail features. Unfortunately, auto-synchronization of contacts is not included either, so you’ll have to configure this separately.
However, having Gmail included in your unified inbox will be very convenient if you use other mail accounts than Gmail, such as iCloud or one from work.
Let’s see how to set up your Gmail account in Apple’s Mail:
1 . Launch the application “Settings” on your home screen.
2 . Click on Mail, Contacts, Calendar.
3 . Click on “Add account” .
4 . Click Gmail.
5 . Enter your name, Gmail email address, password, and a descriptive name (such as Gmail, Personal, or anything else that reminds you which account you are setting up) .
6 . Select which services you want to synchronize (Mail, Calendar, Notes) .
7 . Click on “Save” .
Configuring Gmail contact synchronization with CardDAV
To set up contact synchronization, repeat the same process with a slight change in settings:
1 . Click on “Add account” again.
2 . Press “Other” .
3 . Click on “Add CardDAV account” .
4 . In the field “Server” write “google.com” .
5 . Enter your Gmail account as your username.
6 . Enter the email account password.
7 . Enter a description, such as “Gmail Contacts” .
8 . Click on “Next” .
We got it. Now your Gmail contacts will sync with your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch.
So much for our little tutorial today in which we showed you how to set up your Gmail accounts on your iOS device.