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Old January 6th, 2012, 03:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello to everybody, I am new to the forum and also to the Android world, so not very expert yet.
I want to understand how the phone needs to be set up to work with Gmail apps and get emails straight away from my 2 gmail accounts. I guess I have to use the push system...it is configured by default when I install the gmail apps on the phone?
Do I need to activate something on my Gmail account (I have POP and IMAP activated)?

The most important...do the auto sync option in settings--> Accounts and sync --> must be activated and the 2 accounts highlighted or not?

I would like to get the email as soon as they get through my Gmail server and not syncing them every x minutes....do the auto-sync needs to be activated to push?

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Yes, you do need auto sync on. The built in gmail app is unusual in that respect - none of the other IMAP capable email apps require it to be on, they only require background data.

And yeah, you need to have them set to sync too.
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Yes, you do need auto sync on. The built in gmail app is unusual in that respect - none of the other IMAP capable email apps require it to be on, they only require background data.

And yeah, you need to have them set to sync too.
Thanks a lot, very helpful. Indeed with everything off it wasn't sync anything.
But even if the auto sync is on is a true push service?
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Thanks a lot, very helpful. Indeed with everything off it wasn't sync anything.
But even if the auto sync is on is a true push service?
Yes and no. With conventional push, the server just sends the email to your phone, right? With the built in gmail app, it seems to be the case that the server tells the phone to run a sync when an email arrives.

So strictly speaking it's not true push. But in practice, you're still only connecting to the server when an email arrives and it's instantaneous, so it's got all the same benefits as push.

However, if you wanted to turn off auto-sync for another reason, you can use any other IMAP capable app with gmail and it will work with auto-sync off. You may have to enable IMAP on the gmail website however, it's been a while since I tried so I'm not sure.
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Yes and no. With conventional push, the server just sends the email to your phone, right? With the built in gmail app, it seems to be the case that the server tells the phone to run a sync when an email arrives.

So strictly speaking it's not true push. But in practice, you're still only connecting to the server when an email arrives and it's instantaneous, so it's got all the same benefits as push.

However, if you wanted to turn off auto-sync for another reason, you can use any other IMAP capable app with gmail and it will work with auto-sync off. You may have to enable IMAP on the gmail website however, it's been a while since I tried so I'm not sure.
Thanks a lot for the clear explanation, now I finally understand the difference...in terms of battery consumption is better the Gmail app or maybe another IMAP client?
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Thanks a lot for the clear explanation, now I finally understand the difference...in terms of battery consumption is better the Gmail app or maybe another IMAP client?
I'm not sure to be honest, I've never used anything other than the stock gmail app for very long.
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I'm not sure to be honest, I've never used anything other than the stock gmail app for very long.
Thanks a lot for your time and explanation. I would also ask you what's the best app (with widget) to sync with Google tasks? Can't find anything which is both nice to see and easy to use.
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I've never used gtaks my self, but Astrid is one I hear mentioned a lot.
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I've never used gtaks my self, but Astrid is one I hear mentioned a lot.
Great app, thanks a lot, exactly what I needed!
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Another app is inbuilt, Email
You can setup Email app for getting gmail, but when you set it autometically it sync at given period of interval(eg 5 min 10 min) that is not rael push service.
Here is way to configure push service
In Email app, add account, select manual setup and select exchange active sync
Input ur ID n PW
in server field entre - m.google.com
and finish with push service On
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Another app is inbuilt, Email
You can setup Email app for getting gmail, but when you set it autometically it sync at given period of interval(eg 5 min 10 min) that is not rael push service.
Here is way to configure push service
In Email app, add account, select manual setup and select exchange active sync
Input ur ID n PW
in server field entre - m.google.com
and finish with push service On
Thank you very much for the explanation. I think I will keep using the Gmail app which is also built in, it looks more familiar to me!
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The problem with this method is that when you set up calendar invites, they don't go out in the proper format. Likewise, when you receive calendar invites from Google Calendar, they don't sync well ...
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Cool Push email on Samsung Galaxy S3 and other Android devices

I am writing this because I want to help all these people who want to have push email when using the stock Email application on Galaxy S3 and other Android phones. I used to have a Blackberry and I find it extremely easy to use the push email option.

It is really extremely easy. This is the step-by-step process:

1. Go to phone Settings.

2. Go to Accounts and Synch.

3. Select Add Account.

4. On the screen that shows up, select Email.

5. On the next screen write your email account (eg. johndoe@gmail.com) and your password.

6. Click on Manual Setup (DO NOT CLICK ON NEXT).

7. On the next screen choose Microsoft Exchange Active Synch (yes, this is the correct one, do not be surprized!).

8. On the field Domain\user name, make sure that you have your complete email address, preceded by a \ (ie. \johndoe@gmail.com).

9. Your password should also be entered (it is done automatically, but if it is not, add it yourself).

10. In the field Exchange Server use m.google.com (check with other email providers what you shoud use - I use a gmail based email service (gmail apps) so I can not help you here, but I am sure that it is easy to find out).

11. Check Use Secure Connection and uncheck Use Client Certificate.

12. Click Next and OK if an information box pops up.

13. Change the Account options as desired and click Next.

You are all set. It works like a charm for Gmail accounts, you should make sure it works also for other services / email providers.

Good luck!
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