Best Practices for Apple Mail with Google Apps for Business

Three things combine to make Google Apps email and Apple Mail the best email system: Google’s enormous 25GB mailbox allowance. Google’s near perfect SPAM filtering. Apple Mail’s instant search facility. System Requirements Minimum OSX 10.6.8 with Apple Mail 4.6 Google Apps for Business (not Gmail) Google’s Web Mail page works pretty well once you get used to how things work but scrolling through thousands of emails one page at a time is quite hopeless. Seriously? Use this button to scroll through 136 pages of messages? So I use Apple Mail – where scrolling down from one end to the other takes a second and searching for emails is instantaneous. If I lose Internet access or Google’s Servers go up in smoke, I’ll still have the locally stored email on my Mac. Configure your account in Apple Mail as IMAP To gain all the advantages of using Google Mail you must set up your account as IMAP. Using IMAP on all your devices means that they will stay synchronised and you won’t have to delete the same email from your iPhone and your Mac and your iPad. You can manage email from anywhere, for instance delete a message from one device and it’s instantly gone from all of them; send an email from your iPhone and it’s instantly copied to the Sent Items on your Mac. The iPhone will only...

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