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Get Mail on your Mobile Device

There are multiple ways to access Mail on your mobile device. Below, we'll outline the options available so you can decide which is best for you and your device.

Access through your mobile browser



This option does not require any setup. If you have a mobile device with Internet access, you can  access mail directly in your mobile browser. 



  • Nothing to download, no set up required
  • Requires manual refresh for new mail delivery
  • The same familiar features, right when you need them  (compose, label, reply, access attachments, etc.)
  • No notifications for new mail delivery
  • Actions performed on your phone are also reflected in the desktop Mail interface



  To get started, point your mobile browser to http://mail.google.com/a/uah.edu


Using the Mail app



The mail mobile app is an email program that you can install on your mobile device. 



  • Faster access to your email
  • Download and setup required
  • Allows you to check multiple mail accounts on the same device
  • Not available for Windows Mobile, Palm Treo, or BREW-enabled devices 
  • The same familiar features, right when you need them (compose, label, reply, access attachments, etc.)
  • Not able to customize the rate of refresh

(Note: If you have an Android device, most come with a pre-installed Mail application, which adds support for push email.) 
  • Actions performed on your phone are reflected in the desktop Mail interface, too

  • Notifications for new mail delivery

  • Basic offline support (You'll be able to compose and read email - outgoing messages will be saved and sent when you're back in coverage.)



To get started, point your mobile browser to http://m.google.com/mail


Sync


You can sync your mail with your mobile device using POP or IMAP.

POP, or Post Office Protocol, lets you download messages from Apps Mail servers onto your mobile device. 

IMAP, or Internet Message Access Protocol, creates a constant connection between your Apps Mail and your mobile device. Unlike POP, IMAP offers two-way communication - actions you perform on your mobile device will automatically appear in Apps Mail.


The following comparison applies to sync via IMAP.



  • Allows you to use your mobile device's mail applications
  • Setup required
  • Actions taken are automatically synced with your mail account accessed in your computer browser.
  • Native mobile applications have different standards, which make it difficult to provide a uniform experience. Because of this, there is a higher probability of encountering problems. 



To get started, visit this page (from your computer browser) and select your mobile device for customized instructions for POP and IMAP.