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I am an avid Google Mail user, and recently purchased an iPhone (how couldn't I, after seeing the SDK demo). I configured the iPhone Mail app to use my Google Map IMAP account. Works like a charm, but, a lot of times I want to send reminders home from the iPhone. Obviously I'd see those mail on the iPhone as well. Too much information. So here is what I did:
  1. Set up a new Google Mail account -- username.iphone@gmail.com.
  2. In my main Google Mail account (username@gmail.com), I set up a filter like so ... in the 'Doesn't have:' field, I listed subject: -iphone, OR, from: -username@gmail.com. On the next page, enable Forward it to: username.iphone@gmail.com.
  3. On the iPhone, I created a new Mail account, but used the username.iphone@gmail.com as my main account. (I can still access the other gmail accounts through Google Mobile, just in case.)
  4. On the iPhone, I changed the outgoing SMTP server to username@google.com. That way, mail I send from my iPhone look as if they come from my main mail account.
Using this setup, the following mail will arrive on the iPhone:
  • Any mail I send from another mail account (the office), as long as it doesn't have -iphone in the subject line.
  • Mail I send to username.iphone@gmail.com
For me, this is pretty much perfect, as it keeps my iPhone mail account pretty clean without losing out on important mails. Of course, adding more OR entries to the filter will allow for even finer control on what to let through to the iPhone.
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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: Unsoluble on Mar 27, '08 08:15:30AM
Of course, this method loses what, for many, is the entire point of IMAP: synchronization of your mailboxes wherever you are. Reading or deleting mail on the iPhone and then not having to go through all those again when I get home is a joy -- couldn't imagine going back to POP or a two-account setup.

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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: Zoltak on Mar 27, '08 12:28:12PM

It can be set up in IMAP still. I actually found this tip useful and just implemented it on my iPod Touch for work.

Instead of clicking on the GMail icon to set up the account though I had to click on Other. Then I entered the GMail IMAP information.



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: blafusel on Mar 28, '08 10:21:12AM

that's true. but in my daily workflow I am actually hindered by my own spam on the iPhone. I rather have only the important mails available to me when I'm on the go. and using the iPhones mail app is also quicker than the web interface when you're forced to use edge.



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: kramrm on Mar 27, '08 09:00:10AM

What about just setting up a filter that auto-archives messages from your account to a label? That folder won't auto refresh the number of unread messages, but you can still see the folder and all the items when you login from a regualr IMAP account or from the web site.



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: jon.pdx on Mar 27, '08 09:03:32AM

I have no idea where the documentation is, but you can also add a string to your gmail email address using a plus symbol and the string.

ie. jon.doe@gmail.com could be jon.doe+home@gmail.com.

The problem is that outside of gmail and dotmac many systems will not accept the plus sign in the email.



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: kramrm on Mar 27, '08 08:58:42PM

The following instructions have been copied from a Google newsletter I received.


Flexible Usernames

You can add '+anything' to your email address, and it'll still arrive
in your account. These additional aliases are great for filling out online
forms, communicating with clients outside your organization, or signing up
for newsletters. Instead of questioning whether you want to provide your
primary email address, you can create a 'plus' alias, and then create a
filter to organize incoming mail.

Here are some examples:

- I just purchased an online tutorial, and and they want to send me an
email confirmation. I can input my email address as
username+tutorials@example.com. Then, I can create a filter to label messages
sent to my '+tutorials' alias.

- I'd like to sign up for an industry newsletter - but I don't want
a ton of mail, and I don't want to see it in my inbox every day. I can
sign up with username+newsletter@example.com, and create a filter that
labels those messages 'Newsletter' and skips my inbox. Now I can read
the newsletters at my leisure, and I know where to find them.



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: tricil on Mar 27, '08 09:25:20PM

why don't you use the Apple Mail To-Do folder that is created when "Store Notes in inbox" is checked in Mail's preference?



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 28, '08 12:41:01AM

"a lot of times I want to send reminders home from the iPhone"
Why not use the iPhone to save a draft-message (containing the note) to a "Notes" folder?

Then when you return home, all your notes will be in that folder. Or, as someone else suggested, use the your.username+home@gmail.com and your.username+phone@gmail.com (and filters) to send messages to specific devices, rather than two separate accounts..



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Use two Gmail accounts to manage iPhone email
Authored by: zebrum on Mar 28, '08 03:39:18AM

I think that once we get spotlight search on the iphone, too many emails will be less of a problem. One thing that affects me is if I email myself a note and forget to get iphone mail before leaving the house using wifi, when I need the note outside I need to wait for ALL my recent email to download, not just the one small note I need.



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