I recently upgraded my email to Google Applications for domains. So in essence I get all the Gmail goodness with my own email addresses. The first thing I did after switching over was setup my Windows Mobile device to fetch my email via IMAP instead of POP3. We discussed this in detail on the differences here.
But I did it so that my emails can stay synchronized across the board. When I read a item on my HTC Touch Pro2, it is automatically marked as read in my webmail and desktop interface. This is a huge help! I can also mark items with tags and the sync seems much faster and more reliable. So let’s see how to configure your email account for IMAP access on your Windows Mobile Device.
First you will need to go to your messaging application. I have several ways to get to mine but the most common way is to hit Messaging on your start menu. You can see it below in this screen shot.
That will take you to your Messaging system. Here is where you pick an account. This is how you can either choose to open an existing account or create a new one. To create a new email account, simply click on the “Setup Email” tab as shown below.
You will be asked to enter your email address and password. The email address is mandatory but the password field is not. Type in your password and hit the Next soft key at the bottom of the application to move on to the next screen.
The next screen has a check box that is selected by default. It asks you if you want your device to “Try to get e-mail settings automatically from the internet”. In theory this is awesome but I have never, ever seen it work. So uncheck that box and hit Next to continue.
The next screen gives you the option to choose your email provider. Simply choose Internet Email. This is the same selection for POP3 or IMAP servers. Select Internet E-mail and the Next button will unbrick. Click it to continue.
On this screen you will add your display name. This is what other people will see when you send them an email. The account display name is just for your easy identification of accounts. Hit the next soft key to continue.
This is the screen that we were all looking for. Type in your incoming mail server name or IP address into the Incoming mail server field. In the drop-down menu below, selected the account type to IMAP. The screen shot below did not show the option but it is there – trust me. When you are done, hit Next and you will be able to change some advanced settings but all in all, this will get you to be able to download your emails via IMAP.
When you are complete, you will see your messages flowing into your messaging application. When it is complete you will see your entire inbox with whatever items you have already read shown as read! IMAP FTW!
Do you use IMAP or POP3 on your Windows Mobile Device? We would love to hear why in the comments.