A customer wrote today to ask, “How would I get my email onto an iPad?” This is a great question because the answer is not obvious.
The short answer is that you don’t. You get your email onto whatever the iPad syncs with, and then the email will magically appear on your iPad (or at least some of it will, depending on how far back you sync.)
The iPad has three different ways to sync email.
POP3. If you use POP3 to access your email, then you are out of luck because POP3 doesn’t “synchronize” with the server. Instead, POP3 downloads the messages and deletes them from the server. Also, POP3 has no folder management.
IMAP: If your iPad connects to your email with IMAP, then your ipPhone or iPad will automatically sync with the IMAP server. If you need to get your mail from your current email client to an IMAP server, you can use Address Magic Personal PLUS to convert from numerous different email clients directly to IMAP.
ActiveSync: ActiveSync is like IMAP. Your iPhone or iPad will automatically sync with an ActiveSync server, you just need to get your email onto the server.
There is one special case and that’s Gmail. You can connect your iPad/iPhone to Gmail using POP3, IMAP, or ActiveSync. The best choice is to use ActiveSync because it will also sync your contacts and calendar. If you are using Gmail, then configure your iPhone or iPad to connect to Gmail with ActiveSync and your messages will automatically appear. If you are not using Gmail and you want to switch to Gmail, you can use Address Magic Personal PLUS to convert from numerous different email clients directly to Gmail.