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Gmail is currently down. But they say I can access it through imap. How do I do this?

  • no longer down. – Molly7244 Sep 1 '09 at 21:17
  • according to here it still is. google.com/appsstatus#rm=1&di=1&hl=en – Daniel A. White Sep 1 '09 at 21:25
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    Actually Troggy it's officially out of beta now, so no excuses... – cust0s Sep 1 '09 at 23:33
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    Really? I guess they had that beta tag there for so long, I just got used to it. haha. – Troggy Sep 1 '09 at 23:54
  • You can actually put it back (beta) with google labs – Move More Comments Link To Top Sep 1 '09 at 23:55
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See this Google article: IMAP or POP to access your gmail.

Note: these steps must have been done before you try to access your gmail account using a POP or IMAP email client.

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  • If someone gives me a down vote, I'd kinda like to know why. – J. Polfer Sep 2 '09 at 13:09
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You can use Gmail offline if you install Google Gears. Outlined here http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2009/01/new-in-labs-offline-gmail.html

Update: I think the Gmail GUI (html, javascript, css) is downloaded to your machine when you install Gears and tell Google to sync, but yes you'd need to do this at least once before you lost your connection

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  • but if gmail is down, the UI is down so you wouldn't be able to access your email even with the gmail offline feature. – cust0s Sep 2 '09 at 22:02
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You must use an email client, such as Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft Outlook, Apple Mail, etc, to access GMail via IMAP or POP.

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