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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address iOS devices
This hint is for those who have a primary email address, say a@default.com, and would like to use this email address, but would like the 'push' aspects of their MobileMe account, say a@me.com. It would be useful to be able to send email from a MobileMe account, but have a@default.com show up by default as the From address. This hint is similar to this previously-posted hint, in that one can set their primary email address to forward a copy to their MobileMe account. However, this previous hint does this, but only by subscribing to their MobileMe account as a standard IMAP account, which would not use push.

For this hint, one also needs an additional Gmail account (which may or may not be the primary email address) -- assume this account is a@gmail.com. and one would need to subscribe to that within the iPhone as well. Under the Mail settings for the MobileMe account, change the sent mail server to use smpt.gmail.com instead of the MobileMe sent mail server.

Then, in the Gmail settings page on the web, on the Accounts tab, configure it so that your Gmail account can send mail as a@default.com. (This involves gmail sending an email to a@default.com, confirming that it can send mail as that address). Then after that is added, click on Default next to a@default.com to make that your default sent mail address.

In this way, when one sends mail from the MobileMe account on the iPhone, even though it displays a@me.com as the From address, Gmail's mail server will replace a@me.com with a@default.com, and the receiver will see that in the From address. When replying, the recipient will reply to that email address as well.

If you would rather not change your Gmail settings to use a default alternate From address, you could get an additional Gmail account that only is used for this purpose. This would also be useful, in that you would not get new mail to this alternate Gmail address, which would affect the unread message count of mail on the iPhone. It would obviously be good to set this Gmail account to refresh manually on the iPhone as well, to save battery life.
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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: imcquill on Jul 24, '08 07:51:08AM

One extra note: if you don't want the gmail account to even get manually refreshed, you can add it then turn it off.



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: phlops on Jul 24, '08 08:17:34AM
There is a typo in the last sentence of the second paragraph of this hint. Google's SMTP server is not smpt.gmail.com, it is smtp.gmail.com.

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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: justicart on Jul 24, '08 08:20:04AM

I've been looking for this. Thank you very much. I've always had Gmail set up to use my own email address on my iPhone, but never even thought to use Gmail as the SMTP server on MobileMe. It was literally turning on Gmail and off MobileMe in the MobileMe settings to make it work perfectly.



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: dbingham on Jul 24, '08 08:43:51AM
A word of warning on this if you are in a corporate environment. Gmail *does* allow you to set the From:, but it also sets a Sender: header. What that means is that people in Outlook (and other similar products) will see something like this:

a@gmail.com on behalf of a@default.com

Obviously, this might not be ideal in your situation. Another option is to sign up for a service that won't set the Sender: header. There are a number of such services out there. I use (but am in no way affiliated with) Fusemail (fusemail.com).

The moral of the story is that you don't have to use MobileMe's SMTP server. You can use any SMTP server you choose, while still taking advantage of the push capabilities for incoming mail.

Hope this helps someone.

-dbingham

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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: mdorison on Jul 24, '08 09:14:57AM

A great hint but this then obviously prevents you from using your Gmail labels etc I believe. I just wish there was a way to gain push through gmail without compromising my organizational setup.



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: TekkNick on Jul 24, '08 10:16:22AM

This hint works great on the Mac but if you sync it to your iPhone you will not be able to send e-mail on-the-go from any account other than your username@mac.com address. =(



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This method works perfectly:
Authored by: hamz01 on Jul 24, '08 12:59:47PM
I used the method described on this page and it works perfectly:

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=524301&highlight=custom+from+address

Also, I do not sync my mail accounts between my computer and iPhone. I setup each mail account individually on each device.

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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: Yabs on Jul 25, '08 10:06:53AM

Keep in mind that Gmail won't replace the "me.com" address in the From field if you've added your MobileMe account as an alias in Gmail.



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: joshforman on Oct 13, '08 10:59:48AM

This doesn't really work anymore under 2.1 (I'm assuming). You can set it up to get yahoo and use your other addresses, but the iPhone will not let you do it without also getting your regular account mail. I have 3 Gmail accounts (plain ol gmail, and 2 hosted by Google Apps).

1) If I delete the password from my gmail account, that account cannot send maiL (its SMTP password is removed too)
2) If an SMTP server username matches a mail account, it is linked to that account (therefore invoking #1)
3) If I make an account inactive or I delete it, that address is not selectable as the From address
3.5) Even if there's a separate SMTP entry for it still in the list of servers
4) Yahoo's SMTP server cannot be deleted or turned Off, so it can't fall back on one of your other configured SMTP servers.

I think there's more, but if I keep thinking about it, my iPhone will end up embedded in a wall.

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Josh Forman

http://www.joshforman.com/



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: imcquill on Oct 21, '08 06:54:43AM

It works fine in 2.1. Add your gmail account, then turn it off (as per the first comment). Then use it as the sent mail server for yahoo. It will still display your yahoo address in the from field, but when it actually gets sent, gmail will behind the scenes (on the server side) change your gmail address to your yahoo address. It works perfectly.



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: joshforman on Nov 20, '08 03:48:58PM

How? As far as I can tell, you cannot use anything but Yahoo's SMTP in a yahoo account (I cannot disable or delete the yahoo smtp server), so it will ostensibly never use any other SMTP server (unless maybe Yahoo is down at the time).

For the record, my regular accounts were setup on the Mac and synced, not created on the iPhone.

Thanks!

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Josh Forman

http://www.joshforman.com/



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: imcquill on Dec 03, '08 04:58:48PM

in settings for mail, select your yahoo account, account info, smtp, turn on your gmail under other smtp servers, and turn off the yahoo one.



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Use MobileMe push on iPhone with alternate From address
Authored by: joshforman on Dec 05, '08 12:03:59PM

I cannot turn off or delete the the yahoo SMTP Server. It just ignores the action. I've enabled several alternatives.

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The easiest way to set up a MobileMe Alias on you iPhone
Authored by: gregcarroll888 on Feb 20, '10 11:15:24PM

The easiest way to set up a MobileMe Alias on you iPhone

1. Tap "Settings"
2. Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars"
3. Tap "Add Account"
4. Tap "Other"
5. Fill in the requested information using your alias as the "address" and you normal password. The rest of the information can be whatever you want.
6. Tap "Save" in the upper right corner
7. The iPhone will verify the account (it may take a minute)
8. Make sure the "IMAP" tab is selected on the top of the screen
9. Fill in the requested information using mail.mac.com for Incoming "Host Name" and smtp.mac.com for Outgoing "Host Name"
10. Use you primary account "User Name" and "Password" in both categories, not the alias.
11. Tap "Save" in the upper right corner
I made mine my default account by doing the following.

12. Tap "Settings"
13. Tap "Mail, Contacts, Calendars"
14. Tap "Default Account"
15. Select your newly created .Mac Alias
16. Send a Message and you should be all set.

Now you have an email account for you alias that does not affect you primary .Mac or .Me account.



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The easiest way to set up a MobileMe Alias on you iPhone
Authored by: adamberti on Mar 05, '10 09:16:13AM

This method sounds so much simpler than the rest. But... I just tried this and I can see my inbox successfully, but if I try to send email, it says:

Cannot Send Mail. The connection to the outgoing server "smtp.mac.com" failed. Additional Outgoing Mail Servers can be configured in Settings > Mail, Contacts and Calendars.

My regular Mobile Me account is working just fine though.



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The easiest way to set up a MobileMe Alias on you iPhone
Authored by: shaane on Apr 08, '10 07:32:58PM

The server addresses are wrong. These work (thanks, greg!):

IMAP: mail.me.com
SMTP: smtp.me.com



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