How To Check Gmail by IMAP on Windows Mobile
UPDATE: If you are getting blank messages when checking over IMAP read my latest post for some more information. In short it appears Google’s implementation of IMAP is not utilizing all of the fields it could use and Windows Mobile Messaging is not handling the lack of these optional fields well.
Google just announced that they are rolling out IMAP support for Google’s Gmail service. The feature will be appearign in different accounts over the next several days. If you are currently using POP3 to get your gmail to a Windows Mobile client or even a desktop client IMAP is a huge improvement. IMAP allows the status to be updated between all of your viewing areas (more on IMAP v. POP3). This means that if you read an email on your Windows Mobile 6 device, when you login to gmail.com the mail will show as read, etc etc for the majority of the functions relating to mail management.
Google Provides a handy list of what Gmail actions correspond to actions on your mobile device.
|Action on mobile device/client (e.g. iPhone/Outlook)||Result in Gmail on the web|
|Open a message||Mark a message as read|
|Flag a message||Apply a star to the message|
|Move a message to a folder||Apply a label to the message|
|Move a message to a folder within a folder*||Apply a label showing folder hierarchy (‘MainFolder/SubFolder’)*|
|Create a folder||Create a label|
|Move a message to [Gmail]/Spam||Report a message as spam|
|Move a message to [Gmail]/Trash||Move a message to Trash|
|Send a message||Store message in Sent Mail|
|Delete a message||Remove label from the message, or delete the message permanently if the message is already in the Spam or Trash label|
Find the walkthrough after the Jump.
The first thing you need to do is enable IMAP in your Gmail settings. To do this click on Settings in the right hand corner of your Gmail account. Next Look for the tab that says “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” Click to enable IMAP and Save your settings. Now you can grab your windows mobile device start settign up a IMAP Connection for Gmail.
This guide will work for Windows Mobile 5(WM5) and Windows Mobile 6(WM6). The info should work for most clients but the screens and options menus may be different.
Checking Gmail by IMAP on WM6.
1. Open Messaging: Choose Menu->Tools->New Account
2. Choose Other (POP/IMAP) from the drop Down and pick Next.
3. Enter your full Gmail address.
4. Enter Your Name and your Gmail username and password. You need to use your full email address for the username.
5. Choose IMAP4 for the Account Type and name the Account whatever you would like, I chose ‘Gmail’.
6. Enter the IMAP and SMTP server information.
For Incoming use: imap.google.com:993
For Outgoing use: smtp.gmail.com:465
*If you have trouble sending mail you can also try using: smtp.gmail.com:587
This information is from Google’s Help Center.
7. Click Options so we can set the SSL and other options.
Choose your interval for checking the IMAP account. The more frequent this is the quicker your battery will drain. Choose your connection, for most this will be internet.
8. SSL and Days
You can choose to restrict Gmail to only show email form the past X days in order to save space.
You also need to check the SSL and authentication boxes as shown in the picture.
I don’t need to use separate settings for outgoing mail, though if you need to send mail through a different SMTP server here is where you would configure that. I may revisit this with more info soon.
9. More Options
Choose the rest of the options shown above for your own tastes and connection speeds.
10. Click Finish and enjoy Gmail on your Windows Mobile Phone.
Remember for this to work you need to turn on IMAP in your Gmail settings. I will be trying this out on a few other devices to make sure it works but you should be good to go if you follow the instructions. If you have any questions leave them in the comments.
Screenshots were taken using iLauncher from SBSH.