11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 13, 2013 1:58 PM by aarmento
aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

I use the Gmail app for my Gmail stuff (my normal default email address).  I use yahoo with apples mail app.  When I try to send a link from safari or share a photo I have taken from my camera roll, it sends using my yahoo email.  I would prefer Gmail as my yahoo email is only around for fantasy sports.

 

Is there any way to do this?

 

I have tried setting up Gmail using apples setup in an attempt to make a gmail send only type of account, however it tells me an account is already set up, maybe due to my using of googles calendar and googles contacts?  Can't seem to figure out how to properly do this.  Maybe remove my calender and contacts stuff completely and try to re-setup the mail account (since I am using the gmail app, I wouldn't think it would hook into the native ios mail one)?

 

Any ideas?


iPhone 5, iOS 6.1.4
  • 1. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    cheonweb Level 4 Level 4 (3,440 points)

    Settings>Mails, Contacts, Calendar, scroll down to Mail section and check if you have the "Delault Account" field.

  • 2. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    I have that field, however the only thing listed in there is "yahoo" and no other option to change it to.

  • 3. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,790 points)

    Then add your gmail account to the mail app. If you're asking if you can use the gmail app as the default, the answer is no.

  • 4. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    If you read the original post you would have seen that I have already tried this and it wouldn't allow me to do it, saying a gmail account was already set up.  But there isn't one other than what I've already described in my original post.

  • 5. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    aarmento wrote:

     

    I have tried setting up Gmail using apples setup in an attempt to make a gmail send only type of account, however it tells me an account is already set up, maybe due to my using of googles calendar and googles contacts?

    For Google contacts I assume that you set up a CardDav account?  That would not cause this (this is what I use and I also have a standard iOS GMail account setup for mail).

     

    For Google Calendar are you using the standard iOS GMail account setup?  If so, simply go into Settings for that account and enable the Mail switch, then set this account as your default account under the Mail heading.  If you're not using the standard setup for GMail Calendar, what type of account did you create for this?

  • 6. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Rock- I have google contacts set up as a CardDav account.  Apparently I must have had google calendar set up using the standard ios gmail account setup for mail, while just turning the mail function to "off" in the settings. This was why I could not add a gmail account...I already had done this lol.

     

    I tried a couple of things and still couldn't figure it out.  I can't add an ics subscribed calendar for some reason as it isn't enable to authenticate.  Nor can I set up a simple CalDav calendar, despite my settings being correct, it wasn't able to successfully authenticate either.  Or maybe it was "verify" and not "authenicate"...at any rate I coudln't do it.

     

    Maybe I am explaining what I want to do incorrectly.  I'll try again, though it is probably as clear as mud lol.

     

    I want my google contacts and my calendar.  If iOS handles this for me I am totally ok with that.  I want my Gmail app, which handles the bulk, or essentially all of my mail for me, labels etc, and I use it all the time...which of course I am ok with as well.

     

    I want the native iOS mail app to handle my yahoo account, which sees little to no email transaction from me. It does this well right now, as its pretty much only a seasonal account....meaning when it is fantasy football season, it comes into play.

     

    I want the native iOS mail app to handle any photos or links I send from the phone to give my gmail account address in the "From" part of the header....even if it sends it from yahoo's servers.  Preferably I would like it to come from gmails servers but I know I can't have my cake and eat it too. 

     

    The reason for all this is if I send someone a photo I want them to respond to my gmail not my yahoo account.  I tried setting up the gmail account using the native iOS gmail account setup, but what happens is that I end up with my incoming gmail in two spots on the phone, which I don't want. 

     

    If I could turn off incoming gmail using the native iOS account setup, this would solve the issues.  I would then be able to designate the native Gmail account as primary (for use as a send only account), and still keep the yahoo inbox going as well.

     

    Even if I went to extremes and paid money so I could forward my yahoo mail to my gmail account, thereby allowing my to remove yahoo completely from the phone, I would just be left with no option to send emails as there would be no default account available (as my gmail is handled by the app, not the phone).

  • 7. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    So you actually can send GMail for photos and links, but your problem is the only way to do that is to enable the iOS GMail, and that means incoming GMail goes to both the native iOS Mail app and the GMail app.  Well, you can't do it any other way, you have to enable the account in iOS if you want to use it as the default account for sending things.

     

    But I fail to see why this is a problem -- if you don't want to use the native iOS Mail app for GMail, then don't use it.  Just park it on the last page of your screen out of the way if you don't want to look at it.  I think you can even turn off the badge icon is the little red numbers in the corner of the icon bother you ;-)

     

    Alternatively, see if your Yahoo account can be configured to "send as" your GMail address.  You'd have to configure that within Yahoo's settings using a computer, but I'm not sure that's available for Yahoo.  That way you could use your Yahoo account as the default to send photos etc, but the recipients would see it coming from your GMail.

  • 8. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    That last part I tried, and I would like to say thank you for discussing with me.  I still haven't quite got it figured out yet.  The last part works, but not for everyone.  For instance, if I set up send only as gmail through the yahoo app, it will show up correctly if I send to myself.  If I send to a co-worker work email address it disappears into thin air....ie never shows up.

     

    If I set up yahoo for a reply to address of @gmail.com, it does that correctly, however the person receiving mail still sees yahoo as the originating account.

     

    I was thinking of setting up an icloud mail account and seeing of some setting through there might work but frankly I am trying to converge all email into my one gmail account, the thought of yet another email account bugs me.

  • 9. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    And just so you think I'm not all crazy, my reasoning for not wanting to just park the mail app on the screen somewhere out of the way is two fold.  First, it controls my yahoo mail. I don't want to change that.  Second, if I turn on gmail natively and turn off indicators I am still looking at all my mail showing up in two spots, as well as all of my labels appearing underneath, which leaves a messy looking hard to navigate native mail app.

     

    The only solution I've found is manually adding via imap, but putting a dot or dash in the in the incoming imap server box.  But with this, everytime I open the mail app it yells at me that it can't find the server.

     

    I think the best way would have been sending as gmail through yahoo.  However if I want to email a picture to my work email account, it doesn't resolve it for some reason.  Irritating to say the least lol.

  • 10. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    rockmyplimsoul Level 5 Level 5 (5,495 points)

    aarmento wrote:

     

    First, it controls my yahoo mail.

    And it can continue doing so.  The iOS Mail app can support multiple accounts, and you can leave it displaying just your Yahoo account if that's what you prefer.

     

     

    aarmento wrote:

     

    Second, if I turn on gmail natively and turn off indicators I am still looking at all my mail showing up in two spots, as well as all of my labels appearing underneath, which leaves a messy looking hard to navigate native mail app.

    Why would you have to look at mail in both spots?  Just leave iOS Mail focused on Yahoo, the GMail account will happily sit in the background and you never have to look at it.  Have you actually tried using the native Mail app with both accounts activated?  It is quite easy to limit your use to your Yahoo account.

  • 11. Re: Can I use gmail as default client for sharing photos from camera roll or links from safari?
    aarmento Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Ok, it took me all day pretty much but I finally figured it out!  There should probably be a more elegant way of doing it and who knows what iOS 7 will bring (or break) but here goes.

     

    What I had to do was add yahoo mail as an imap account and populate the incoming server fields with my yahoo information:

     

    Host Name: imap.mail.yahoo.com

    User Name: <username>@yahoo.com

    Password: ********

     

    Then for outgoing server information I used my gmail settings:

     

    Host Name: smtp.gmail.com

    User Name: <username>@gmail.com  <--------Putting the "@gmail.com" seemed important because it was not happy the first time I did it with just my username.

    Password: ********  <----password for gmail account here I think is self explanatory.

     

    So what does this allow me to do?  Well for one, yahoo incoming email is push, so thats good.  And I only have one "email" address being handled by the native iOS mail app, which is yahoo (well I only "see" the yahoo stuff in my mail app anyways).  But the true benefit and really what I was looking for is now, if I email a link from safari or email a photo using the "share" button and mail app, it sends it as originating from my gmail account. This is important to me because that is really the only account I respond from anyways.  I still need to see the incoming emails from yahoo on occasion, but I don't email back and forth with yahoo. So this simplifies things a bit.

     

    I'm still working on how to address where the sent email shows up.  I just looked and it seemed to be staying only on the phone in a seperate sent box so I had "2" sent boxes, and I couldn't find it on gmail or yahoo. However when i changed the advanced settings, and looked again on gmail it was there, and then again on yahoo there as well, so two different spots.  Still haven't figured out how to keep it in only one spot, but I can live with this for now.