Saturday, October 20, 2007

Gmail IMAP via AIM mail

I was about to break down and pay for some mail service that has IMAP so I could use the instructions on downloadSquad for accessing GMail through IMAP when I noticed that apparently the free AIM Mail account that everyone who has a AIM screenname gets supports IMAP, and apparently has no space limit (or that I could find anyway), so that solves all my problems right there. Finally, I'll be able to access my GMail in a client on my iMac, laptop, and my iPhone jailbroken iPod Touch. So here's how I did it:
  1. You'll need an AIM account that you don't already use for mail. If you don't already have one, sign up for one.
  2. Follow steps 1 - 6 of the instructions at downloadSquad to get your AIM account set up in your mail client. You'll need to know a little about how to set up an email account in your client. The important parts are:
    • The AIM IMAP server is
    • Use your GMail address as the email address (not your AIM one)
    • Use your AIM login and password for the IMAP server
    • Make sure to use GMail's smtp server with your GMail address as your username and your GMail password.
  3. In Apple Mail and on iPhoney I had to set the correct folders for Sent, Drafts, and Trash.
That's pretty much it. I haven't come across any problems so far, but I'm surprised I hadn't seen that anyone else has done this before.

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