Smartphones have changed the way we stay connected, both personally and professionally. With Gmail, we can now have our calendar, contacts, and email available on our Windows Phone, no matter where we are. In this article we'll take you through the steps necessary to connect to Gmail and synchronize your account from your Windows Phone 7 device.
What you need to connect to Gmail
Of course, in order to connect to Gmail on your Windows Phone 7 device, you'll need to already have a Gmail account. If you don't, you can easily create a free Gmail account. You will also need some form of data connection on your Windows Phone 7 device, whether Wi-Fi or a cellular data connection. Our previous article, How to Connect to Data Networks & Wireless Networks On Windows Phone explains how to enable a data connection on your Windows Phone 7 device.
Once you are connected to Gmail from your Windows Phone 7 device, you will be able to receive and synchronize your Gmail contacts, calendar, and email on your mobile device.
Adding a new account
To set up Gmail on your device, tap on the People tile on either the Start screen or the App menu.
Tap the three dots in the lower right corner to bring up the menu.
Now tap on Settings to access the settings for People.
Google may already be listed as an account. If it isn't, tap on Add an Account and then tap Google.
Enter the email address and password associated with your Gmail account and tap Sign In to log in to your account.
NOTE: If Google Authenticator is enabled for your Gmail account, then you will need to generate a new password for your phone. To learn how to do this, read the section Authorizing Windows 8 Apps to Access Your Google Account from this article: Windows 8 Apps Don’t Connect to Your Google/Gmail Account?.
Adjusting the Gmail settings
Now press the Back button to navigate back to your accounts and tap Gmail to adjust the settings for how your Windows Phone will interact with your Gmail account.
Tap the checkboxes to download your email, contacts, and calendar whenever your Windows Phone connects to Gmail.
Tap Download New Content to open the drop-down menu and set the frequency with which you want to download your Google email.
Then tap Download Email From to set the time frame from which you want to download your Google email.
These settings in the lower portion of the screen allow you to change the User Name and Password associated with your Gmail account. These are important as you can only associate one Gmail account with your Windows Phone. The Server setting will be set automatically when you first log in Gmail from your Windows Phone. The Server and Logging settings should be left alone unless you're confident you know what you're doing.
You can tap the three dots in the lower right corner to bring up the menu, or just tap the Checkmark to save your settings and close the Settings page. Or, you can tap the X to close the Settings page and cancel any changes you made without saving them.
Back on the App page you'll find a new Google Mail app. Tap it to connect to Gmail and download your email.
Any time you're in Gmail, you can force a sync by tapping the circular arrows icon.
If you Tap and Hold on the Google Mail app, you have the option to pin it to the Start screen, making it readily available.
Gmail keeps you connected
Whether you maintain a continuous data connection, or synchronize manually, now that you have your Gmail installed on your Windows Phone, no matter where you are all of your Google contacts, calendar, and email will always be at your fingertips. How has using Gmail on your Windows Phone 7 device changed how you connect? We'd love for you to share your experiences.