How to Download Gmail Onto iPhone Mail


The iPhone comes with a "Mail" program that automates the process of being able to view your Gmail account and read the emails being sent to you. The account you set up on the iPhone will work in conjunction with the Gmail account that you must have already set up on a computer. The Gmail account on the iPhone can be set up in a few minutes and there is no charge for downloading Gmail emails using the iPhone’s "Mail" program.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet access
  • Sign in to your Gmail account on a computer. Click "Settings" at the top of any Gmail page. Select "Forwarding and POP/IMAP." Choose "Enable IMAP." Click "Save Changes."

  • Press "Sleep/Wake" at the top right of the iPhone. Slide the slider to go to the home screen. Tap "Settings" to go to a new screen.

  • Tap on the "Mail, Contacts and Calendar." Click "Add Account." Select "Other."

  • Select "Add Mail Account." Enter your Gmail account information, including user name and password. Tap "Save."

  • Enter "" in the "Host Name" column on your iPhone. Fill in the "User Name" and "Password" dialogue boxes. Tap "Save."

  • Enter "" in the "Host Name" column. Enter your information in the "User Name" and "Password" sections. Tap "Save" to complete setting up Gmail on the iPhone.

  • Tap the button at the upper left corner of your iPhone's screen to go back until you come to the "Mail, Contacts and Calendar" screen. Tap your Gmail email address that is in the "Accounts" list. Tap the "On" button in the new screen to make the Gmail account active on the iPhone's "Mail" program. Click "Home." Tap the "Mail" icon at the bottom of the screen to download Gmail emails to the iPhone's "Mail" program.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can set up the Gmail account on a computer so that emails downloaded to the Gmail account on the iPhone do not accidentally get erased from the Gmail server.
  • You can only have one email account active at the same time on the iPhone.

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