GoogleSync Delivers Push Gmail for iPhone!

It’s about time!

Google has finally released Push capabilities for the iPhone and Gmail. The new function allows you to sync either your email, contacts or calendars, or a combination of the three.

This is great for Gmail users who have been waiting for an integrated Gmail Push service without having to download an apps or pay for Apple’s MobileMe service.

However, there is one thing to note. The new Push Gmail service is powered by Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync (cringe) and the iPhone can only support one Exchange account at a time. What this means is if you are already using an Exchange ActiveSync account, you will not be able to use the Gmail Push service seamlessly. Also, if you have multiple Gmail accounts, you will only be able to choose one account to use with ActiveSync.

Nevertheless, it is great to see some kind of push email functionality finally integrated.

To check out it out, visit m.google.com/sync from your computer.

The Setup

If you want to get up and running ASAP, follow Google’s steps below:

1. Open the Settings application on your iPhone home screen.
2. Navigate to Mail, Contacts, Calendars
3. Tap Add Account…
4. Select Microsoft Exchange

Enter Account Info

5. In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address
6. Leave the Domain field blank
7. Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username
8. Enter your Google Account password as the Password
9. Tap Next at the top of your screen
9a. Choose Accept if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears
10. A new Server field will appear. Enter m.google.com
11. Press Next at the top of your screen again

12. Select the Google services you want to sync

13. Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone option when prompted. This will also allow you to keep syncing with your computer via iTunes.

If you want to sync only the My Contacts group, you must choose to Delete Existing Contacts during the Google Sync install when prompted. If you choose to keep existing contacts, it will sync the contents of the “All Contacts” group instead.

Next learn how to choose which calendars to sync, if you’d like to enable multiple calendars.

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  • Nick_Abby

    they have been doing calendars and contacts for a long while!! I have been waiting for this

    I am SUPER happy they finally did this!~

  • Flaxx

    Finally!!

  • Flaxx

    Hmm, it's currently very slow and I have yet to see the mail actually be pushed (there's a massive delay). Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

  • Dusty

    Right on, will give this a try later.

  • kennymatic

    I think the push is working, I got some emails and I have Fetch data off. But I don't think they use the standard Apple Push framework.

  • Randi

    Didn't work for me. I get an error message at the top of the page after step #11. “Exchange account verification failed.” I input everything correctly and even tried twice following directions very carefully. Oh well.

  • Nick_Abby

    i ran some tests as well it was very slow for hte first 2 hours from when i turned it on now that it has been a few hours since i did that i get notice of my message around 1 to 2 minutes after sending it

    however accessing my mail on my phone has been extremely slow making for a poor overall expirence.

    My fetch data is set to Manual (no fetch)

  • Josh

    I already have an exchange server account setup and it doesn't allow me to add more than one, is there a way around this?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/category/x1zeros-corner/ X1Zero

    I have Fetch for 2 of 3 of my accounts and push for my New gmail one

  • http://www.vacationrentalsad.com/ jason kelsey

    I love music on the Iphone its the best…

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/category/x1zeros-corner/ X1Zero

    Make sure push is on in your iPhone settings. I didnt have mine on and
    nothing came through. Once turned on, it worked

  • Flaxx

    I also have 'Push' set to ON and 'Fetch' set to MANUAL. Ordinarily I'd say “maybe it's load due to the influx of new users”, but I don't see how setup can pose that much more load than standard push-usage (well except maybe the data-connection to pull all the mail, which is DEAD SLOW). Perhaps Google isn't using enough servers and/or migrating IMAP servers to exchange servers? If it isn't faster by the end of the week, I may go back to IMAP and try again in a month or so.

  • tbutch

    Doesn't work for me. Did everything as told. Then when I go into the account it reads “cannot find server”.
    Do I need to delete my original gmail account? WTF?

  • realestateattorney

    Good news. It would be nice to be able to setup more than one Exchange Account since I already have my work
    account setup in Exchange

  • http://christopheraceto.com chrisaceto

    Unfortunately, meeting requests still don't work properly. When someone sends you a meeting request the option to Accept/Decline does not appear.

    This is something that I've been struggling with since day one with the iPhone. Last week I decided to setup an SBS 2008 server at home with Exchange 2007 because of the lack of support with meeting requests when using Gmail or any other mail service other than Exchange.

    After reading about the Sync release today I was ecstatic and immediately ran some tests. No good. Back to dealing with the wonderful world of Microsoft for now.

  • rorypiper

    Ya know, I've never used GMail, but this makes me want to start! I wish I could get my Shaw mail accounts to Push. Maybe I'll just get them all forwarded to a new GMail account!!

  • Nick_Abby

    they have been doing calendars and contacts for a long while!! I have been waiting for this

    I am SUPER happy they finally did this!~

  • Flaxx

    Finally!!

  • Flaxx

    Hmm, it's currently very slow and I have yet to see mail actually being pushed (there's a massive delay). Anyone else experiencing the same thing?

  • Guest

    Right on, will give this a try later.

  • kennymatic

    I think the push is working, I got some emails and I have Fetch data off. But I don't think they use the standard Apple Push framework.

  • Randi

    Didn't work for me. I get an error message at the top of the page after step #11. “Exchange account verification failed.” I input everything correctly and even tried twice following directions very carefully. Oh well.

  • Nick_Abby

    i ran some tests as well it was very slow for hte first 2 hours from when i turned it on now that it has been a few hours since i did that i get notice of my message around 1 to 3 minutes after sending it

    however accessing my mail on my phone has been extremely slow making for a poor overall expirence.

    My fetch data is set to Manual (no fetch)

    hopefully that is just some of the “bugs” to work out on google's side (or all the people who use Gmail setting their accounts up?? we'll see how it is in a couple of days.

  • Josh

    I already have an exchange server account setup and it doesn't allow me to add more than one, is there a way around this?

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    I have Fetch for 2 of 3 of my accounts and push for my New gmail one

  • http://www.vacationrentalsad.com/ jason kelsey

    I love music on the Iphone its the best…

  • http://www.iphoneincanada.ca/ Ex

    Make sure push is on in your iPhone settings. I didnt have mine on and
    nothing came through. Once turned on, it worked

  • Flaxx

    I also have 'Push' set to ON and 'Fetch' set to MANUAL. Ordinarily I'd say “maybe it's load due to the influx of new users”, but I don't see how setup can pose that much more load than standard push-usage (well except maybe the data-connection to pull all the mail, which is DEAD SLOW). Perhaps Google isn't using enough servers and/or migrating IMAP servers to exchange servers? If it isn't faster by the end of the week, I may go back to IMAP and try again in a month or so.

  • tbutch

    Doesn't work for me. Did everything as told. Then when I go into the account it reads “cannot find server”.
    Do I need to delete my original gmail account? WTF?

  • realestateattorney

    Good news. It would be nice to be able to setup more than one Exchange Account since I already have my work
    account setup in Exchange

  • http://thiscantbe.it Christopher Aceto

    Unfortunately, meeting requests still don't work properly. When someone sends you a meeting request the option to Accept/Decline does not appear.

    This is something that I've been struggling with since day one with the iPhone. Last week I decided to setup an SBS 2008 server at home with Exchange 2007 because of the lack of support with meeting requests when using Gmail or any other mail service other than Exchange.

    After reading about the Sync release today I was ecstatic and immediately ran some tests. No good. Back to dealing with the wonderful world of Microsoft for now.

  • rorypiper

    Ya know, I've never used GMail, but this makes me want to start! I wish I could get my Shaw mail accounts to Push. Maybe I'll just get them all forwarded to a new GMail account!!

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  • JES

    How did I not know about this! awesome!