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Use Gmail to better manage POP3 accounts on the iPhone iOS devices
If you, like me and others on the Apple discussion boards, find POP3 email on your iPhone touch and go at best (unread but unavailable messages anyone?), try this!
  1. Register a new Gmail account, via the web.
  2. In the Gmail account, go to Settings » accounts » Get mail from other accounts.
  3. Add your POP3 account to Gmail, thus allowing it to regularly check your POP3 messages. Authorize as instructed. Ensure you set the option to leave messages on the server -- this means that your email program can still function as previously, getting all messages from POP3 directly.
  4. Set up the Gmail account on the iPhone as an IMAP server, but when you enter your email address, use your POP3 address instead!
The above allows you to shadow your POP3 email account via the much more reliable IMAP service, without affecting or moving the messages from your POP3 email, which will still be available to your Mac/PC when you next download your mail through your mail app of choice. At last, I can use my service provider's email from my iPhone! Lets hope Apple makes POP3 handling better in v1.1.3.
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Use Gmail to better manage POP3 accounts on the iPhone
Authored by: jcbeckman on Nov 26, '07 07:56:53AM

Or just use IMAP for everything so that your messages are always in one place no matter where you try to access them from. Forget POP mail entirely.

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Advice on setting up GMail IMAP
Authored by: ptwithy on Nov 26, '07 11:53:08AM

Here's how I did it. Slight variation on GMail's instructions:

In Apple Mail, set my gmail/POP account to inactive. Create a new gmail/IMAP account. Under Preferences/Accounts/Mailbox Behaviors uncheck the box to store Sent and Junk on the server. (Because mail sent through GMail is automatically saved on the server in the Sent folder, so Mail does not need to do it too. Junk see below. Google has fixed the bug where Drafts would get saved a zillion times, so it is safe to save them on the server.

Trash: Google says not to save on the server. When you delete a message in Mail, it will simply remove it from the InBox and leave a copy in All Mail. This goes along with Google's idea that you should never delete any mail. I like that idea, but I also sometimes am too eager deleting, so to make it easier to find a recently deleted message, I created a label/Folder named Deleted and set that to be my Trash (Mailbox/Use This Mailbox for...), and tell Mail to delete messages from that after a week (in which case they will _still_ be in my All Mail folder, if I need to go searching). Don't use Google Trash as your Trash, unless you _really_ want your deleted messages to go away.

The easiest way to create the correct account on your iPhone is to re-sync your iPhone, under Info/Mail selecting your new GMail/IMAP account and under Info/Advanced selecting Replace for Mail Accounts. This will correctly create a GMail/IMAP account on your phone. You should double-check under Settings/Mail/(your GMail account)/Advanced that your Mailbox Behaviors match what you set up in Mail.

Finally, Google does such a good job of junk mail filtering, I turn off Apple Mail's junk mail filtering. (This is my main reason for switching to GMail. The iPhone does no spam filtering — by sending all my mail through GMail, I see nearly no spam on my iPhone now.) If a message does sneak through, you can inform Google about it by moving the message from your InBox to the [GMail]/Spam folder. Similarly, if you really want to delete a message (not just archive it), you can move it to the [GMail]/Trash folder.

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Advice on setting up GMail IMAP
Authored by: dhjdhj on Nov 26, '07 09:03:02PM

I tried this and although it worked, all the spam on my Gmail account is now coming through as well....THOUSANDS of bogus messages.

Back to POP

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