How To: Use Gmail On The iPad

If you have a Gmail account or another mail account such as Exchange, Yahoo, AOL, or any other email account that supports POP or IMAP then you can use the built-in mail application to send and receive your mail all in one place or you can use your web browser.

Gmail On The iPad (updated June 24th, 2010)

There are actually three ways to view Gmail on your iPad. The first way is to simply navigate to your Google mail account via your web browser and sign in just as you would on a desktop and/or laptop.  Initially,  Google’s flagship mail application did not look very good on the iPad but they continue to improve the interface and user experience.

If you want to use the built-in mail app to manage your various mail accounts (including Gmail) then this method may be more suited for your needs:

  1. Tap the Settings icon on your home screen
  2. Tap Mail, Contacts, Calendars
  3. Tap Add Account
  4. Tap Gmail
  5. Enter your Gmail email account information and tap Save

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Mailboxes is a multi-user Gmail client.  This means that different people can access their own Google Apps accounts securely on the same iPad.  Once the app is set up, all you need to do to log into your own Gmail mail account is enter a personal passcode and your own mail will load.

Other Mail Accounts

Adding other mail accounts on the iPad is the same set of steps as above.  Just choose the appropriate mail account type.  If you do not have one of the mail account types listed, you can choose Other and configure the mail account as long as your email provider supports POP or IMAP.  All of them support one or both of these protocols so you should be able to use the built-in mail app for these as well.  Your email provider will have instructions on how to view your mail in a third-party application so just search their help files or call support.

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So that is how to configure Gmail and other mail accounts on your iPad.  Feel free to let us know if you need help or have other questions.  If there are other “how to” articles you would like to see, let us know in the comments below.


  1. Larry cornelius says:

    Cannot get this e-mail address to “add” to my i-pad 2. It keeps giving me a message that e-mail address or password is incorrect (it is in fact correct) tried many times……any way to fix ????

  2. Nay says:

    I have no idea how to insert an attachment into an e-mail using the iPad. Could you please tell me how to do this as soon as possible please?

    1. Richard Mulcaster says:

      I want to add an attachment to a email ,Help!

      1. Trevor Harty says:

        How do I get NEW MESSAGE on my iPad

  3. Kathy gualco says:

    Can you please send instructions on how to send a text message to someone’s phone using the iPad? I filled in my contacts info, and opened the message icon ,but am not able to sync them or ‘send’ after typing the message.
    thanks for your help.

  4. lisa weinstein says:

    I opened up a pdf file and now cannot get back to mailbox. Assistance, please.

  5. Joanne says:

    What are the icons at the top of the email page for? I know One is for trash and when I tap it it sends my email to the trash which sometimes I don’t want to do. Is there a way to retrieve it? Is there a tutorial for email basics?

    Thanks, JOanne

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