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How to Enable Push for Gmail on iPhone [Tips]



If you use a Gmail account, when setting up your iPhone’s email your natural reaction would be to, well, set it up as “Gmail.” If you want your new emails to be delivered immediately, though, that’s exactly not what you want to do.

What you will want to do is to set your mail up as a Microsoft Exchange account. This will work on all iOS devices, including iPad and iPod touch as well.

  • First, remove your current Gmail address (if it’s set up already) by going to your Settings app, hitting “Mail, Contacts, Calendars,” selecting the account, and then hit “Delete Account.”
  • Then you can hit “Add Account…” from the Mail settings menu.

  • In the screen pictured above, select Microsoft Exchange.
  • In the next screen, there will be several fields to fill out.

  • Enter the following:

Email:  [your full Gmail address]

Domain:  [leave blank]

Username:  [your full Gmail address again]

Password:  [your Gmail password]

Description:  [whatever you want]

  • After hitting “Next,” a new field will pop up that says “Server.”


  • In that field, enter:


  • After that, choose what you want to sync and hit “Save.”

That’s it! Instead of only checking for your new emails every 15 minutes, you will be alerted as soon as they are sent.



  1. ethibault

    07/10/2011 at 9:06 am

     does t work for Gmail and Android phones as well,to declare your account as exchange ?

  2. stevieblue

    07/10/2011 at 5:23 pm

    It works great!

    One thing though: if you have emails older than 3 days that you haven’t dealt with yet, change to 2 weeks in Settings―under the tab named ‘Gmail’ in the above example, but you might have given it another name―and they will appear in your iPhone inbox.

  3. Rudy

    10/02/2012 at 12:38 pm

    I FUCKING LOVE YOU MAN… sorry for that piece of french… but man…. YOU MADE MY DAY!!!!!!

  4. Marq

    10/05/2012 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks a bunch for the tip. Made life a lot easier.

  5. E

    12/01/2012 at 1:53 pm

    This is nice work around thanx for this hated not having push for my gmail was annoying another to hell with google from apple..

  6. Isabelle

    12/01/2013 at 11:27 am

    I just got the 5S yesterday (first iphone) and I could not seem to get Gmail to be pushed, although the main Push option was activated. So I deleted my gmail account and followed your instructions. However, the phone eventually told me that it could not verify my information, so I am back to square 1. The display is a bit different from the 5, but the same info was requested and I was still able to follow the instructions… until I got rejected.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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