Getting the Most Out of Gmail on the iPad

Many of us use Gmail as our mail client for its simplicity and ability to forward outside email addresses to one place.  It is genius that I can log into Gmail and view or send messages from Hotmail, Yahoo, and AOL accounts with very little knowledge of email protocols.  So all of this begs the question–why can’t I do all of this on my iPad?

The iPad’s Mail App makes it easy to link a Gmail account, but it lacks the ability of sending mail from other addresses linked with Gmail (i.e. Hotmail, Yahoo, and AOL).  Not to be alarmed…I have found the solution!

Send Mail from Multiple Addresses Through Gmail on the iPad

  1. Open Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > Add Account…
  2. Instead of selecting the Gmail option, which will set up Gmail with automatic settings, choose the Other option.
  3. Choose Add Mail Account and enter your credentials as normal (i.e. Name, Email, Password, and Description) Then choose Next to proceed.
  4. Ensure that IMAP is selected and enter the following:
    Incoming Mail Server
    Host Name:  imap.gmail.com
    User Name:  you@gmail.com
    Password:     *******Outgoing Mail Server
    Host Name:  smtp.gmail.com
    User Name:  you@gmail.com
    Password:     *******
  5. In the Email field, where you first entered your Gmail address, type each email address you plan to use separated by commas. Note: This may take a while to verify with the server.
  6. Now for the tricky part. You must individually configure each outgoing server for which you will use to send emails. The smtp.gmail.com is only able to send mail from your Gmail address. On the desktop version, Gmail stores this data when you add a new address from which you wish to send mail.
    From the Mail, Contacts, Calendars tab, go to Gmail > Account > SMTP > Add Server…
  7. Enter the credentials for each outgoing server individually as well as the user name and password associated with each account. This information should be available from your mail provider. It is usually smtp.hostname.com by default.

That’s It! If you are having issues, be sure to check the following:

  • Is IMAP enabled from within the Gmail settings panel? Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP > IMAP Access
  • Did you close your Mail app before testing the results? Double-click the home button to see open apps.
– Matt Litzinger, Front-End Web Developer