Google Sync: Now with push Gmail support

Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | 8:00 AM

Earlier this year, we launched Google Sync which allows you to synchronize your Gmail Contacts and Google Calendar with your iPhone, Windows Mobile, and S60 devices. Today, we're adding Gmail support to Google Sync for iPhone, iPod Touch and Windows Mobile devices.

Using Google Sync, you can now get your Gmail messages pushed directly to your phone. Having an over-the-air, always-on connection means that your inbox is up to date, no matter where you are or what you're doing. Sync works with your phone's native email application so there's no additional software needed. Only interested in syncing your Gmail, but not your Calendar? Google Sync allows you to sync just your Contacts, Calendar, or Gmail, or any combination of the three.

To try Google Sync, visit from your computer. If you're already using Google Sync, learn how to enable Gmail sync. Since push Gmail has been a popular request on our Product Ideas page and Help Forum, we look forward to hearing your feedback, so drop us a line and let us know how it's working or what you'd like to see next.

Update at 8:20am: We jumped the gun on this post. The new feature should be rolling out in a few minutes.


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lemonacid said...

Works fine, but embedded winmo email client has more problems with russian characters in From and Subject field in Exchange Activesync mode. So I swithced back to IMAP.

Google must fix intrnational characters handling for Exchange Activesync mode.

Unknown said...

push email was working fine on my iPhone this morning but now it's down. Mail and calendars not pushing to my phone - "connection to server failed"

Helen Codron said...

Still won't sync folders/labels on iPhone, FYI. Hope that happens soon because I've given up my other IMAP account for this! Otherwise works great.

Anonymous said...

@Helen Codron, I agree. I'm just not getting something. IMAP works flawlessly. Exchange ActiveSync kinda works with the wind is blowing right. It's slow and seems a little buggy. I'll have, say 20 messages in my inbox. I read the first and then the other 19 disappear.

I'm going to try again in a week or two to see if it works any differently.

Unknown said...

wow what a great new tool. thanks google. Jean Carl Parisien

anatomyofashane said...

please fix the Trash folder issue..

P the Capo said...


dave said...

@anatomyofashane I do not think trash folder is an issue, I think unlike IMAP you just delete.

P the Capo said...

it actually works!!!!!!! :)

MKH said...

Thank you!! This was the only option that was really missing from Sync. Google comes through yet again.

Unknown said...

Seriously, I'm so happy. It works great for me and I've been encouraging all my friends with iPhones and Gmail to use Google Sync. Thank you!

The Team said...

PUSH Gmail: loooooooooooooooooooots of problems! What a shame!!!

Unknown said...

As mentioned above this is not limited to iPhone and WinMo since Google has simply added support also for email over MS's Exchange Activesync protocol. This is why it works for Nokia MfE and just about any recent Sony Ericsson phone, which is great news of course, thank you for that Google!

To set it up for most Sony Ericsson phones (non Symbian):
1. Click 'Menu' and open the 'Organizer'.
2. Select 'Synchronization'.
3. Select 'New Account' and choose 'Exchange ActiveSync' as 'Account type'.
4. Enter 'Google' or any name of your choice.
5. On the 'General' tab, enter the following values:
- Server address:
- Username: Your full Google email address, e.g.
- Password: your Google Account password
- Domain: leave empty
6. On the 'Applications' tab mark 'Email', ‘Calendar’ and 'Contacts'.
7. Optionally, on the 'Advanced' tab, enter the following settings:
- Push: ‘On’ or ‘Off’, (On will consume more battery)
- Sync. interval: For Push ‘Off’. How often to sync.
- Allow Connection: Better leave this as 'Home network" (roaming costs...)
- Connection: Leave blank for default Internet settings.
- Secure Connection: On
8. Select 'Save' to save your changes.
9. The phone might then ask you to clear data.Answer ‘No’ unless you really want to.
10. Highlight your new account and press 'Start'.

For Symbian SE phones (P1, G700, G900) you can use the Roadsync client with roughly the same settings.

jed said...

It's now about 3 or 4 days since they enabled push, and I'm happy to report that emails seem to be sync-ing much more smoothly. It's just taking a couple of seconds for changes in the Gmail web interface to appear on my iPhone.

For those of you complaining that you can only sync your default calendar in Google Sync, it's not true, its perfectly possible to sync multiple calendars. Check this out:

Also, for everyone saying they can't see older emails even with the iPhone settings set to "no limit". I think this is just true for older emails that arrived before you enabled Gmail push on your phone. If you really need to read those messages go into the "all mail" folder on your phone and search on the server for them.

Alec said...

Hmm, tried it, it was slower at updating email compared to using imap, the wheel was spinning and spinning until the phone reset itself back to the apple logo, maybe the exchange server is struggling, I think I'll go back to imap for the moment.

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Robert said...

BB users need to realize what BIS does for your phone, and how it's enabled push email for any email account for so long, they check it for you, find you on BIS network, send it to you, their system cannot/will not handle 2-way sync.

For the rest of you, bug your company's IT guys to make Google Apps your email platform. or simply forward all to Gmail and use gmail as your email gateway

Stan Wu said...

How to setup yor Nokia E71 or S60 serial mobile phone to sync with Gmail

please refer this :

StHalcyon said...

@Super Stan Wu:

Might help readers if you give a heads up that your site is in Chinese. It wouldn't be too much of a problem by using, but uhm, your devices in the screenshots are also in Chinese.

Stan Wu said...

Hi StHalcyon

Thanks for your advice, I will add the the English screenshots of both iPhone and E71 device

Srini said...

I am using Roadsync app on my Omnia HD. Push works really fantastic. And many thanks for that.

However, I am not able to download attachments. In some cases, the attachment option doesn't show any attachments even though there are attachments in the e-mail. Kindly look into it pls.


Unknown said...

I can only sync last months of mails! I have iPhone set to "no limit"

Pablo Fernandez said...

It works perfect with the Iphone, it shows all the event that I have posted in my google calendar. But it is not working the other way... when I check my google calendar it doesn't show the event that I have posted in my Iphone.
I'm doing something wrong?

Cold Chilli said...

when I turned this on I do not get the ALL MAIL folder.
But I do get all 200 of my other Folders.

I'd like a way to turn off the folders like in IMAP.
Until then I'll stay with IMAP

Kacy Maxwell said...

I am having quite a few problems with the push service. It works great at times and then other times it will not sync at all for hours at a time. All settings are fine and the calendar and contacts sync fine, but the mail is hit and miss.

Any ideas?

dfasfqwegt34gwrgrw said...

I am upset with Gmail this time.
Im using my iphone here in Germany and the whole exchange push think for Mail is simply not working !!!

When i look into folders all kinds of emails are just missing even in my Inbox new Emails are not showing up.

I really hope Google is gonna fix this unreliable sluggish service at some point.

Unknown said...

Once the instructions are followed correctly, works flawlessly. Time between email send and push notification on iPhone varies between 1 and 4 seconds.

Fantastic GMail and Google Sync team!


Unknown said...

Gmail sync hasn't worked properly for me for the last few days. Even if I try to refresh my inbox manually (which one shouldn't have to do with this setup), new emails simply don't appear. Does anybody know what's going on?

dave said...

I recenly found out where the email settings are.. Not in Outlook like for IMAP but in Activsync where you set up the connection to mail, calendar, contacts.
If you select email can change settings. It was originally setup to only download 5 kb per message no wonder I got no html.

Coco Electrik said...

Any news on the "custom from email" glitch please?

Unknown said...

i really have to say it is working brilliant for me. just canceled my hosted exchange account. one thing so, i want my personal non gmail email address to be shown sending emails from my mobile, too! its working perfect from the web frontend with my own smtp server but sending from mobile always brings up the address.

thanx for taking care,


Bharath Ganesh said...

How does this work? Isn't an always on connection going to be expensive in terms on network usage?

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