Setting up POP3 GMail on Android

pathanruet.wordpress.comHere, I will be guiding you on how to setup your GMail account on your Android phone for POP3 and IMAP access. I have to say, this process can be a lot more complex if you are setting up POP3 on other device, but Android has made it very easy for GMail.

First of all, if you do not know what a POP3 is, here is a brief introduction. Basically, POP3 stands for (Post Office Protocol 3) which is currently the most common e-mail server/client protocol. Your e-mails are held by the server, and your client accesses it at intervals in order to synchronize the e-mails on the server. In older days, e-mails were deleted immediately from the server the moment it was downloaded to the client, but with some programming on the mailserver, the emails can be retained on the server. Thanks to GMail, they give us several options to choose from for the purpose.

Without wasting time, here is EVERYTHING you will need to do in order to get your E-Mail running as POP3 on your Android.

What you need: A GMail account & An Android phone (Nexus One/Garmin-Asus A10/Garmin-Asus A50 tested for this tutorial).

1. Login to GMail.
2. Click “settings” at the top right corner
3. Go to “Forwarding POP/IMAP” tab
4. Select the “Enable POP for all mail”
5. When messages are accessed with POP “mark GMail’s copy as read”
6. Enable IMAP.
7. Hit the “save changes” button.
8. In your Android phone, run the “EMail” application.
9. Select “POP3/IMAP”.
10. Insert your username “<username>” and password
11. Thats all. The remaining settings is done by the phone automatically. Your emails will start coming in.
12. Alternatively, while the emails are loading, hit the menu button in this e-mail application, and select “manage accounts”. Tap your account and edit the settings to your preferences (sync time interval etc.)

Hope that helps 🙂

2 thoughts on “Setting up POP3 GMail on Android

  1. I am sorry but you are mistaken. It’s either/or for enabling POP or IMAP. Not both at the same time. Then there is the issue of deleting a email on a phone while wanting to retain it on a computer. In IMAP, you can’t, it deletes it off the computer to. Also, POP username can be modified to be after setup in most email apps. Yet gmail app only sets up account on phone as an IMAP one. There is no ability to set a POP account up in gmail app on phone. Unless you know of one and can describe it in detail.


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