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April 6, 2009 • How to Do It Yourself!

One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast

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Dan posted earlier today over at Whatsoniphone about my discovery that if you enable Advanced IMAP controls in GMAIL Labs (look under settings) and remove the check marks from your folders so that only the INBOX is checked – your iPhone will retrieve email at a blistering pace as opposed to the 3 to 5 minutes that it previously took.

Almost from the day that I bought the first generation iPhone I have been bothered by slow retrieval of my Gmail. Since I have a large number of folders, it makes perfect sense that this tip to stop synchronizing the other folders would significantly speed up Gmail retrieval on iPhone. UPDATE 4-7-09: I had to go back into the labels and place a check mark next to “trash, sent mail and all mail” so that I could delete mail. So far everything seems to be running as speedy as ever.

Google Labs – Advanced IMAP Controls

19 Responses to " One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast "

  1. Robert Wood says:

    One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast http://ff.im/-1XzRz (via @mas90guru)

  2. RT: @GearDiarySite: One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast http://tinyurl.com/dyb88w

  3. Wayne Schulz says:

    By removing check marks from the IMAP folders my phone is amazingly fast. You have no idea how slow the retrieval of Gmail was before I thought to check this…

  4. questionfear says:

    Wow…this is awesome. You are my hero Wayne!

  5. Steve Nagata says:

    One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast | Gear Diary http://bit.ly/WbQ6f if you use Gmail and iPhone must read!

  6. Matt Banks says:

    Good call, Wayne! This not only helped my iPhone, but also Mail.app on my Mac as well!

  7. Adam Pieniazek says:

    Only problem with this is I use IMAP in Apple Mail too…unticking all those folders would mean I wouldn't be able to search my emails from my desktop and have them sync with my online mail.

    • Wayne Schulz says:

      This is definitely not the best solution for anyone bringing in Gmail via APP to the desktop. Too bad iPhone/Touch did not allow for specifying ON THE PHONE which folders to sync.

      I've always thought that iPhone's email capabilities were neglected and underpowered. I really expected apple to beef them up performance wise.

  8. Svartling says:

    One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast http://ff.im/-1XTu5

  9. RT @stevenagata One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast | Gear Diary http://bit.ly/WbQ6f

  10. Wayne Schulz says:

    I may have been a little too aggressive in removing the sync checkmarks – I added back sent, all and drafts (the iPhone was telling me it couldn't find the folders when I tried to use them to delete or store mail).

  11. “Too bad iPhone/Touch did not allow for specifying ON THE PHONE which folders to sync.”

    Exactly what I was thinking – I use GMail with IMAP across Mac, PC and iPod Touch and losing the extended functionality just isn't acceptable …

  12. patrickj says:

    Great tip Wayne!

    Quick thing worth noting is that in order to see these check boxes and be able to modify them, you have to have 'Advanced IMAP Controls' enabled under the 'Labs' tab in Settings – otherwise you won't see them at all …

  13. James Anok says:

    Do you really need to sync ALL your GMail folders to your iPhone? Tip to speed up performance if you don’t: http://bit.ly/6GGkN #iPhone

  14. @LoBosworth One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast http://ff.im/-1XTu5

  15. sean808080 says:

    Tried this and it seems to work–>One simple tweak that made my iPhone Gmail retrieval lightning fast¬†|¬†Gear Diary http://bit.ly/au21YZ

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