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Setting up IMAP for Case's GoogleApps

So, Google announced IMAP support for GoogleApps. Here are some screenshots of what it looks like when setup using Thunderbird with GoogleApps@Case.

General settings:

gmail_imap_properties.png

Server settings. Notice the port is 993, the username is "jms18@case.edu", SSL is selected, and "Use secure authentication" is not:

gmail_imap_server_settings.png

Here's the login box (notice the weird login account "jms18@case.edu@imap.gmail.com"). Also, this doesn't use your Case credentials through login.case.edu; it uses the GoogleApps Fat Client Password (so don't use your Case credentials):

gmail_imap_login_box.png

That covers the basic setup. I would recommend following these tweaks from lifehacker.

Set your "Sent Mail" and "Drafts" to Gmail-default instead of Thunderbird default:

gmail_imap_drafts_and_sent.png

Use Gmail's "Spam" folder instead of Thunderbird's "JunkMail":

gmail_imap_spam_folder.png

And this last one is a little bit trickier to do, but it is covered in lifehacker's post – use Gmail's Trash folder instead of Thunderbird's:

gmail_imap_trash_folder.png

After you do all that, you can delete (from GMail's webmail) the labels "[Imap]/Trash", "[Imap]/Sent", and "[Imap]/Drafts".

All in all, it works fairly well. I expected it to be slow, but it really hasn't been. I had always thought of IMAP as an intranet protocol not suitable for the internet. Yahoo! tried once but had to shut it down. I guess if anybody can do it, it's Google.

Comments

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    but what is the SMTP settings to send out???

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    but what is the SMTP settings to send out???

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    what is the SMTP settings to send out???

    If you are on campus, continue to use smtp.cwru.edu.

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    no go. this is incredibly frustrating. can't send mail out on campus or off campus.

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    no go. this is incredibly frustrating. can't send mail out on campus or off campus.

    If you are using wireless, you have to be on VPN.