Modified 07 March 2017 by Ian Weatherhogg

A handy guide to setting up Gmail on your iPhone or iPad

There is, of course, a Gmail app for the iPhone and iPad, and it's good. But setting up Gmail in your native mail has many advantages - such as easily managing multiple accounts - and is worth doing. It's also very straightforward to do, just follow these steps.

  • Open the Settings application on your device's home screen.
  • Open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.
  • Press Add Account....
  • Select Microsoft Exchange.
  • In the Email field, enter your full Google Account email address.
  • Leave the Domain field blank.
  • Enter your full Google Account email address as the Username.
  • Enter your Google Account password as the Password.
  • Tap Next at the top of your screen.
  • Choose Cancel if the Unable to Verify Certificate dialog appears.
  • When the new Server field appears, enter
  • Press Next at the top of your screen again.
  • Select the Google services (Mail, Calendar, and Contacts) you want to sync.
  • Unless you want to delete all the existing Contacts and Calendars on your phone, select the Keep on my iPhone (or iPad or iPod touch) option when prompted.

Tip Update: Google have removed support for this if you have a new free account, please see their "Winter Cleaning" blog post: