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Note: These setup instructions from Google are for Apple devices running software version 4.0.

To configure the ‘Mail’ app on an Apple device for access to Gmail, just follow these steps:

  1. Make sure you’ve enabled IMAP in your main Gmail settings
  2. Open the Settings app on your device
  3. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  4. Tap Add Account…
  5. Tap Gmail
  6. Enter your account information, being sure to use your full Gmail address, including ‘@gmail.com’
  7. Tap Next
  8. Tap Save

And you’re done. You can add additional Gmail accounts by repeating the same steps above.

Enabling IMAP

You can retrieve your Gmail messages with a client or device that supports IMAP, like Microsoft Outlook or Apple Mail.

To enable IMAP1 in Gmail:

  1. Sign in to Gmail.
  2. Click the gear icon in the upper right, then select Settings.
  3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.
  4. Select Enable IMAP.
  5. Configure your IMAP client and click Save Changes.