How to setup Gmail IMAP access in your smartphone

gmailEarlier I explained how to setup gmail in your smartphone using POP3 access? The problem with POP3 access is that when you access mail using your client, either through mail client or the phone inbuilt client, the read mails are still shown as unread mails. You have the option of setting gmail to archive or delete the mails accessed from POP3 but it doesn’t give the freedom to work like we always accessed via browser. This problem is solved with Gmail supporting IMAP.

IMAP stands for Internet Message Access Protocol. Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication between your web Gmail and your email client(s). This means that if you log on to web Gmail and then perform an action on your mail client then it will be reflected in the web Gmail instantly. IMAP provides a better method to access your mail from multiple devices. If you check your email at work, on your mobile phone, and again at home, IMAP ensures that new mail is accessible from any device at any given time. IMAP offers a more stable experience overall. Whereas POP is prone to losing messages or downloading the same messages multiple times, IMAP avoids this through its two-way syncing capabilities between your mail clients and your web Gmail.

How to Setup Gmail IMAP access in your smartphone?

Incoming Mail (IMAP)

Server Requires SSL

Use SSL – Yes

Port – 993

Outgoing Mail (SMTP)

Server requires TLS

Use Authentication – Yes


Ports 465 or 587

Here I am going to explain the process for setting it on a Symbian phone. Mine is Nokia 3230. Here it is :

  • Go to Messages.
  • Select Options and then Settings.
  • Select E-mail & create new mailbox.
  • Give a name to it in “Mailbox Name“.
  • Set your access point for internet.
  • Set your email address – e.g.
  • Set as your Outgoing Mail Server.
  • Set username & password.
  • Set as your Incoming Mail Server.
  • Set Mailbox type as IMAP4.
  • Use Security as SSL.
  • All Other settings are upto the choice of user. (Explore them a bit and you will come to know of them)

You also need to enable IMAP access in your gmail account.
To enable IMAP in your Gmail account:

  1. Log in to your Gmail account.
  2. Click Settings at the top of any Gmail page.gmail_setting
  3. Click Forwarding and POP/IMAP.gmail_access_setting
  4. Select Enable IMAP.
  5. Click Save Changes.

Now you can retrieve and send emails directly from your phone. Now you will be asked to continue every time due to Untrusted Certificate. If you are using Series60 Phone then you can install this certificate : Thawte Roots Certificate and Series60v2 Phone users can install this certificate : Ocasta. If you need any further assistance, leave a response here and I will look into it.


14 responses to “How to setup Gmail IMAP access in your smartphone”

  1. […] Ashfame tells us how to set Gmail IMAP in our smartphone […]

  2. anaeldlek Avatar


    As a fresh user i just wanted to say hi to everyone else who uses this forum 😉

  3. after following ur setting for nokia, i tried to connect through my nokia 3230.
    But it shows “server not found” also tell me how to use chat app in my cell

  4. Saskia Bystedt Avatar
    Saskia Bystedt

    I have follows all the prompts to receive my gmail on my Nokia 6220 but it still gives me a message ” unable to connect to server”. What am I doing wrong?? Please help me.

  5. Abakalwa Avatar

    I have the above settings my phone but I can not send e-mail sms.What could be the problem?

    1. whats an email sms?

  6. Great writeup – really helped me a lot, One thing that you add it that the user need to activate his mobile office in order for the mailbox to work. the user may be able to connect to internet via mobile, but if does not have Mobile office the mail box may not work.

    also if Nokia users are facing issues like Java setting required, then the solution is to activate mobile office by dialing *567*#

    1. Thanks for the tip!

  7. Hey Dear,

    I see that you suggested to download a certificate from the website, but their are one load of them, can you tell which one exactly we need to use.

    ” Thawte Roots Certificate ”

    I use nokia 3230 with Airtel service.


    1. Nokia 3230 is a Series 60v2 phone as far as I could recall, try Ocasta certificate.

  8. Niraj Doshi Avatar
    Niraj Doshi

    I need imap or pop email setting for my micromax x600

  9. quiklearner Avatar

    hey buddy…thanx.. these r most help full instructions… works fine.. cheers!!

  10. whneva i try to connect for d first tym,a txt is shown”certificate n8 trusted”i hv already saved d certificates as u hv mentioned,but still,how to undo dat!

  11. Hi, and thanks for the info.
    I am currently able to use my phone to access the internet and check and send mail.
    Every time i want to check mail, i have to open the internet, and go to my mail, not a big problem, but i am not aware when and if new mails arrive.
    My phone has the ability to check for new emails at a specified interval, and inform me if any new ones has arrived.

    In order to do this a email account needs to be set up. I believe i have completed the whole process of the setup as explained.

    When trying to send a mail, only opening messages, and email, i keep getting an error, saying “Gmail, no response. Any idea what could be the problem.
    My phone is a Samsung GT – B 7722