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If you choose to use a third party client (Mac Mail, Thunderbird, etc.) to access your Gmail@Geneseo account, you can setup an IMAP connection to the Gmail servers.

Please note that there are some potential drawbacks to accessing your email this way.

  1. You may discover duplicate messages within your account because Gmail uses labels instead of folders. Messages with multiple labels will be duplicated to be located within multiple folders in a local desktop client.
  2. Filters and organizational measures setup within Gmail will not transfer over to your local client.
  3. The Gmail contact list may not be available in the local client.

Google has a help page that lists specific problems known about IMAP connections: http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=78771.


Quick Info - Mail Server Information

Incoming Mail Server: imap.gmail.com

Outgoing Mail Server: smtp.gmail.com

Username and Password: Your full Geneseo email address (xyz@geneseo.edu) and password

Guides for setting up email clients

Gmail@Geneseo Setup for Mac Mail.app

Gmail@Geneseo Setup for Thunderbird

Gmail@Geneseo Mobile Access

Import Contacts to Gmail

Setup information for other Clients

To setup your local client, you will need to input the Gmail IMAP server information when creating your account. These directions are located in the Google help pages at http://support.google.com/mail/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=78799.

Please note that not all third party clients are supported by Gmail. The list of supported clients is available on Google's Support pages.

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