Google Is Not Supporting Push On Free Accounts

missing_push_emailLike many Phone.com small business owners, I am a heavy user of everything Google.  Here are just some of their programs that I use:

  • Google Drive (Docs)
  • Google Calendar
  • Gmail
  • Gmail Address Book
  • Chrome Internet Browser
  • YouTube
  • Google Maps
  • Gmail App for my iPhone

Are there any I missed?  Needless to say I am heavily integrated into the Google ecosystem.

In a blog post last week I talked about Google’s announcement this past year to stop supporting Mail for Exchange (M4E).  Very simply put, this is the service that pushes email to your device and syncs your calendar and contacts.  Their December 2012 release was perfect for me considering I wouldn’t be upgrading to the new iPhone for another nine months.

Well, nine months flew by, Apple launched the iPhone 5s, and people all over the world were reminded that Google ended their free M4E support.  Subsequently, I spent the next few weeks searching high and low for a good solution with no success. Google Apps users had the option to pay $5 per user per month to continue using M4E.  I looked into moving to a paid Google Apps account but the process of moving all of my information and data was nearly impossible.

I proceeded to do what any normal person would have done in this situation.  I searched Google for an alternative.  As a result I found a temporary solution while I continue to search for something more permanent.  Currently, I read and send email via the built-in mail app for the iPhone.  In order to receive instant new message alerts I use the iOS Google app.  This is a convoluted solution but at least I receive immediate alerts for new email.  I would prefer to only use the built-in mail app.

If you would like to replicate my set up you will first need the Gmail app for iOS.  You can download this from the app store by searching for “Gmail.”  The first search result should be “Gmail” and it should say “Google, Inc” just below.  You will need to download the app to your iPhone and log in.  Notifications from the app should be activated by default.

The second step is to set the outgoing email to show your preferred email address.  This requires using the “Other” option when setting up email.  To get started, follow these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  3. Add Account
  4. Select Other rather than Google or Exchange
  5. Input your Gmail address
  6. Use imap.gmail.com for the Incoming Mail Server and smtp.gmail.com for the Outgoing Mail Server.
  7. Use your Gmail address and password for the SMTP server connection.

After you have saved your account you can go back and set your outgoing email address by following these steps:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Mail, Contacts, Calendar
  3. Select your new “Other” account
  4. Click the Account section that contains your email address
  5. Tap Email
  6. Type your preferred email address to send from (1 or more of them) and click Return on your keypad
  7. Tap the newly added email address
  8. Tap Account in the top left corner
  9. Tap Done at the top right and you are finished.

This sounds like an arduous process but it’s actually quite simple.  If you need help with anything I have outlined here, leave us a comment on our Facebook page and I will be happy to assist you.

In a future post I will explain how to add your calendar and contacts to your iPhone.

Source: The credit for this information goes to PrezJobs for their October 7 comment on the iMore blog post titled “Did you lose Gmail over Exchange when you upgraded to a new iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Here are your alternatives… such as they are…”