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Gmail On Your Mobile

Ever since i joined Gmail I've been waiting impatiently for POP3 support so i could access my mail on my phone. Earlier this month Google finally came up with the goods and his week POP3 support was finally turned on for my account (Gmail were giving it to people periodically). So how easy is it to get Gmail on your phone? 

NOTE: You have to enable POP3 Access in your Gmail settings. There are instructions here if you are unsure how to do this

UPDATE1: See Native E-Mail Client and  Gmail Atom Feed
UPDATE2: Consync have a good guide to getting Gmail on mobiles running Windows Mobil

UPDATE3: LonelyCat have solved the problem with Port 465 in release 1.31 of ProfiMail. If you are using Version 1.31 or later, then use Port 465 instead of Port 587

The Settings
The setting for Gmail are as follows:

  • Incoming Mail Server (POP3): pop.gmail.com on Port 995
  • Outgoing Mail Server (SMTP): smtp.gmail.com on Port 587 (Note: Port 465 didn't seem to work)
    UPDATE: LonelyCat have solved the problem with Port 465 in release 1.31 of ProfiMail. If you are using Version 1.31 or later, then use Port 465 instead of Port 587
  • SMTP requires Authorisation
  • Both of these require SSL to be activated

Native E-mail Client
It immediately became apparent after trying various setting, that i couldn't use the native e-mail client that came with the 6600 (in MESSAGES) as it didn't support SMTP authentication (as required by Gmail). A quick search of the better Nokia forums found that this indeed was the case. So the answer was to find a third-party application that would support SMTP authentication.
UPDATE: This problem seems to only effect the 6600 and the N-Gage. The Native E-mail Clients for both the 7610 and the 6630 work as long as you put "SECURITY" to "ON" which enables the SSL

Supports Nokia 7650/3650/N-Gage/6600, Siemens SX1, SendoX, Sony Ericsson Pxxx, Motorola A92x,A1000
For me the obvious choice was ProfiMail which i had heard good things about. The latest version (V1.23) had fixed all the minor issues the initial releases had and is perhaps one of the best e-mail client around. Once i had paid for the program and registered, i started to set up the phone.
Pm1Setting the account up on ProfiMail couldn't be easier. Open up the application and it will automatically as you if you want to set up a new account. If this doesn't come up click MENU-ACCOUNT-NEW. This should being up the account set-up screen (left). Under "Account Name" enter what you would like the account to be called (e.g. Gmail) followed by your e-mail address and "Display Name" (which could be the same as the Account Name). Under "Mail Server Type" make sure "POP3" is chosen. Then "Incoming Mail Server" is "pop.gmail.com" and "Outgoing Mail Server" is "smtp.gmail.com". Under user name fill in your full Gmail address (i.e. username@gmail.com) followed by the password. If you don't click "Get Entire Message" ProfiMail will only download the message headers not the whole e-mail, the choice is yours.


Now click on "Advanced Settings" which will bring up a new set-up menu (right). Leave "Secure Pop Login" unchecked and check "SMTP Authentication" (as seen on the right). Leave the SMTP username and password blank. Under "POP3 Port" put "995" and under "SMTP Port" put "587" (UPDATE: LonelyCat have solved the problem with Port 465 in release 1.31 of ProfiMail. If you are using Version 1.31 or later, then use Port 465 instead of Port 587). Finally check both "Use SSL for POP3" and "Use SSL for SMTP". Then click "Done" twice and you're finished, ProfiMail can connect to your account and you can send e-mail as well.

E-Mail Sender
If for some reason you only want to send e-mails from your phones or want a cheaper alternative, E-Mail Sender could be an option. This e-mail client does support SMTP Authentication but can only send e-mails not receive them. This is ideal for people who only want to use their e-mail to Moblog or only need one way communication.

WAP Access
Supports any WAP enabled phone
G2Now for those of you who don't have a phone that can install ProfiMail and/or don't have native e-mail clients (or perhaps people who don't want to pay $20 for ProfiMail even though its worth every cent!), don't despair! G1there is also a way of checking your Gmail account via WAP thanks to GmailWireless.com. The people at GmailWireless have used code from the Gmail-Mobile Project to set up a page which you can visit via WAP on your mobile and log directly into your Gmail account. I've tried this out personally (left and right) and it works like a charm. All you have to do is go to their main page and register, it's as easy as that!

Gmail Atom Feed
A while back Gmail added an Atom Feed as a new feature which lead to the creation of Gmail Checker. It's a great little Midlet that runs on the 7610 and the 6600 (UPDATE: Also supports Sony Ericsson P900/P910 (when the Equifax certificate is installed), Orange C500 and the Treo 600). However, Gmail seem to have removed the Atom Feeds for some reason! This is a good option to keep in mind however as they might include Atom Feeds in the final release of Gmail if indeed they don't reintroduce it sooner. (UPDATE: It seems Gmail haven't removed their Atom Feed feature, but it is only working for a limited number of people. Check your own Gmail Features to see if it's available to you)

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So It,s impossible to download Emails from Gmail using the nokia 6600 ??

if there is a magical way please tell...

Posted by: Dr J | 30 Nov 2004 01:29:06

Thank you for this excellent review. Like Dr J above, I couldn't get Gmail to work with ProfiMail on my Nokia Series 60 phone (a 3650) until I realised (thanks to your review) that LonelyCatGames have already updated it several times since I recently downloaded it, and added SSL support. So I installed the latest version and now it works great! Thank again.

Posted by: James Corbett | 11 Dec 2004 01:10:12

something new??? it is all old

Posted by: boris | 14 Dec 2004 01:02:50

Boris: What are you talking about?

Go troll somewhere else

Posted by: Tarek | 14 Dec 2004 01:05:29

Maybe I'm still doing something wrong but I'm using profimail 1.35 with my nokia 6600 (I bought it because I read that it could access my gmail account), I've followed all the instructions and still nothing's working. Any ideas?

Posted by: attakrit | 16 Dec 2004 11:23:01


I use profimail on my 6600 and it works perfectly. Have a look at the instructions i wrote again and make sure all the setting are correct. If you still have trouble send me an e-mail or leave a comment and i'll get back to you asap

Posted by: Tarek | 17 Dec 2004 08:21:13

Port 587 didn't work with ProfiMail on my 6600. With 587 when I tried to update the account it would timeout. When I changed it to port 465 it no longer timed out and everything seemed to work fine.

Posted by: Brian | 18 Dec 2004 00:21:12


yeah i think lonelycat solved that problem. With the 1.31 release they Improved SMTP+SSL and alowed access on port 465. Since then only 465 seems to worlk. I'll Update and add the info to the post.

Posted by: Tarek | 18 Dec 2004 00:38:25

Thanks Tarek for this cool information. If you don't mind I posted a reference on my blog. Before this the only way I could access Gmail was by setting it up on T-Mobile's website and use their settings with the email client on the 6600. But I had purchased ProfiMail before this and it rocks. Thanks again!!

Posted by: Darla | 18 Dec 2004 21:14:09


Glad you found the info useful. Its nice to hear that my posts help people now and again :)

Posted by: Tarek | 20 Dec 2004 06:53:54


I have a problem with my N 6600. when i receive a mess. he all ways tell me that i have my memory full, to free some space. I all ready do that, i have free memory and he steel doing the same...

Can some of you please help me

Posted by: Dibritti | 27 Dec 2004 19:59:25

Hi...I'm having problems using gmail on the tmobile sidekick II's email client. Its not working..I don't know why. My client verified it but I don't know what to do now...

Posted by: kasey | 2 Jan 2005 15:13:39

I just purchase a nokia 3650 and install profimail on it but i m not able to send or recive mail thru may mobile. WAP is already activated on my phone and i am able to browse sites.

It gives the following error when i send a mail:

Failed to connect

Please help

Posted by: Manoj Sharma | 3 Jan 2005 16:38:39

I have tried the wap service through gmailwireless.com, but i am getting a "response unknown" message. My mobile is a nokia 3120. I have wap activated, browsing is not a problem for instance with wap yahoo mail.....

Any ideas?

Posted by: Julian | 17 Feb 2005 20:47:11

failure co connect could have somthing to do with a realy crappy connection speed that o2uk(and others) currently has due to them upgrading to 3g?

Posted by: veedubz | 4 Mar 2005 16:24:58

will these same setting work on a nokia 6230?

Posted by: Robert Padilla | 11 Mar 2005 04:41:55

Hello :)

I found these instruction in various forums, and i am struggling since weeks to get it to work. My phone is a 6600, firmware version 4.09.1 My ProfiMail version is 2.17 (altough i tested several older versions too, same result).

GPRS is enabled on two SMS's (different networks) and for both i have seperate WAP and INTERNET access points.

All settings in ProfiMail are to 100% following the details here.

Result on EVERY try, regardless which access point and which network: "Failed to connect".

It DOES work on my boyfriend's phone, a 6260, with either SIM/network. So it seems that there is an incompatibility between my phone, ProfiMail and G-Mail.

Oh, of course PoP is enabled in my G-Mail account - i use it successfully with Outlook Express :)

Kind regards....

your Thanh

Posted by: Thanh Thai | 25 Mar 2005 09:24:39

Oh forgot to mention - other applications such as Opera, Netfront, Doris, WirelessIRC and Agile Messenger work flawless! And ProfiMail DOES work with a different e-mail account of "PoP" type, which does NOT require SSL. So the issue must be with the SSL.

Kind regards....


Posted by: Thanh | 25 Mar 2005 09:27:44

I have registered with the Gmailwireless.com site for wap access to my gmail and got a confirmation that my Id has been registered and to use http://wasp.gmailwireless.com to login. Although I get the login and pwd screen, am just not able to connect. There seems to be a connection error everytime I tried. Please help.

Posted by: Arun | 8 Apr 2005 13:10:00

Sorry about the type error in my previous message. The site was http://wap.gmailwireless.com


Posted by: Arun | 8 Apr 2005 13:13:13

am using a samsunng D500 and nokia 6260, neither seem to work with Gmail account. Anyone have similar experiences?

Posted by: peter | 11 Apr 2005 19:02:51

am using a samsunng D500 and nokia 6260, neither seem to work with Gmail account. Anyone have similar experiences?

Posted by: peter | 11 Apr 2005 19:03:31

i have unusual problem with my N 6600. I did everything you said in your exellent review and it is working! But, when my gmail (successfuly) send message and start disconecting, it just wont stop! Disconecting last forever, and I must restart Symbian.
Please help me with this!


Posted by: vlada | 12 Apr 2005 19:28:36

any one can help me. How to setting email client gmail for Sony ericsson k500?

What should i fill in encryption for incoming and outgoing encryption. If i want to activate TS/SSL.

please send me your copy of advise.

Posted by: wiwik | 16 Apr 2005 14:32:33

i am using nokia 6630 and want to use my gmail via pop3 on my phone as my phone is connected with gprs but can't work out kindly suggest me and how to activate tsl or ssl also

Posted by: ashish uniyal | 17 Apr 2005 10:08:20

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