Sync your inbox across devices instantly and automatically. Whether you read or write your email on your phone or on your desktop, changes you make to Gmail will be seen from anywhere you access your inbox. Don’t fret if you don’t see “IMAP Access” yet under the Settings menu. They are rolling it out to everyone over the next few days.
IMAP is the best way to access your email from multiple devices (e.g. phone or desktop). It keeps the same information synced across all devices so that whatever you do in one place shows up everywhere else you might access your email.
For example, you can:
- read an email in Gmail, then
- move it to the “Starred” folder on my iPhone, then
- archive it by moving it to “All Mail” in Thunderbird, then
- see all of those changes on my Blackberry (or any of the above devices for that matter).
How it works on the iPhone