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Check Gmail on the Go with Your iPod

written by: Rita A.•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 7/30/2011

You can take your email with you wherever you go. Learn how to set up Gmail on iPod Touch MP3 players in a few short steps. Once it is set up, you can read your email on it as long as you are connected to a Wi-Fi network.

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    Enable IMAP

    IMAP must be enabled in Gmail before you can retrieve your Gmail messages on your iPod Touch. To enable IMAP in Gmail, perform the following steps:

    1. Sign into your Gmail account on your computer.
    2. Click the Gear icon in the top right corner of the screen, and click Gmail settings at the top.
    3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP
    4. Select Enable IMAP and click Save Changes.

    You can close out of your account if you want.

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    Set Up Gmail Account

    It only takes a few minutes to set up your Gmail account on your iPod Touch. Tap the Mail icon on the Home screen, and then select Gmail from the list provided.


    Enter your Name, Email address, Gmail account password, and a description, and then tap the Next button in the upper right corner of the screen. Be sure to put your full email address with the extension. It will verify that your email address and password are correct. Click the Save button in the upper right corner when it is finished. Account Added will display on the screen. Your Gmail account is now set up on your iPod Touch.

    Note that you already need to have a Gmail account set up before you can set it up on your iPod Touch.

    You can add additional Gmail accounts if you prefer, by following the same steps above.

    If you want to open your email now you can tap the Mail icon on the Home screen and Gmail will open.

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    Set up Gmail if You Already Have Email Set Up

    If you already have an email account set up on your iPod Touch but want to add another one, tap the Settings icon from the Home screen, and then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars and then tap Add Account. Follow the same procedure as above to set up your Gmail account. If you have more than one account set up, you can select to read All mail from all accounts, or read each account separately.

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    Settings for Email on iPod Touch

    Once you set up your Gmail account, there are some settings you can change if you prefer. To find these settings tap the Settings icon on the iPod Touch Home screen, and then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

    In the Mail section, you can select how many recent messages to show, how many lines to preview, the font size, etc.

    Tap the Gmail account to open a new screen. On this screen, you can turn mail On or Off, turn the Calendar On or Off, turn Notes On or Off, archive messages, or delete the account.

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    If you have a lot of email and you need to delete more than one message at a time, this is easily done.

    Open your email and click the Edit button in the upper-right corner. Your email will be listed. If you tap on an email it will be marked for deletion by marking it with a Red circle. Go through the list and select each email you want to delete, and then click the Delete button at the bottom.

    If you want to delete a single email while you are reading it, open the email and then tap the Trash can icon on the bottom. The email will automatically go into the Trash.

    If you want to Move email, tap the Edit button, tap each email that you want to move, and then tap the Move button at the bottom. Select the folder you want to move it to.

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    Set Up Gmail as Exchange to Push Your Emails

    Push email is always on, and being constantly transferred to your iPod on a continual basis. If you want Push emails, you can set up your Gmail account as an Exchange account.

    Tap Settings from the Home screen, and then tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars.

    Tap Add Account, and then tap Microsoft Exchange.

    Enter your full Gmail email address, for example, into the field provided. Leave the Domain field blank.

    Enter your Gmail email address again as the Username.

    Enter your Gmail account password in the Password field, and tap Next.

    Select to sync Mail. You can also sync calendars and contacts.

    Next, your iPhone is going to ask you if you want to delete all existing data and replace it with Google data, or merge the two together. It will depend on how you store your data on how you answer this. If you have everything in Google Cloud, you will select Replace. If you have a mixture of mail, such as Outlook, you will want to select Merge.

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