How to Set Up Gmail on Your iPad

Configure your Gmail account in the integrated Mail app on your iPad.
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You don’t need to install a Gmail app to set up your Gmail account on your iPad. The Gmail account option is built into the Add Accounts feature in iOS 7. Simply configure a Gmail account just like you would set up any other email account in the iPad Mail app. Setting up Gmail on the iPad takes just a few minutes, after which you can send and receive messages over the air with Gmail from your tablet.

1 Account Setup

2 Tap the Settings icon

Tap the “Settings” icon in the iPhone home screen, and then tap the “Mail, Contacts, Calendar” option in the Settings menu.

3 Tap the Add Account ... tab

Tap the “Add Account...” tab, then the “Google” option.

4 Enter the Gmail address in the Address box

Type the name of the account in the Name field, and then enter the Gmail address in the Address box.

5 Type your password in the Password box

Type your password in the Password box, and then enter a new description in the Description field, if desired.

6 Tap the Save button

Tap the “Save” button to close the dialog box and save the account settings. The Gmail account displays in your Accounts list when you open the iOS Mail app. The Sync Settings screen displays.

7 Slide the Mail toggle

Slide the “Mail” toggle to the right to turn the switch “On” in the Sync Settings screen. Slide the toggles for additional options to “On,” as desired. Additional options include “Contacts,” “Calendars,” “Reminders” and “Notes.”

8 Tap the amount of email

Tap the amount of email to sync. Choose any option between “1 day” and “No Limit."

9 Tap Done

Tap “Done,” and then tap the “Home” key to return to the home screen.

10 Check Gmail

11 Tap the Mail icon in the iPad home screen

Tap the “Mail” icon in the iPad home screen.

12 Tap the Gmail account

Tap the Gmail account in the Accounts section in the left menu. Your Gmail message list displays on the left side of the screen.

13 Tap a message header

Tap a message header in the left panel to display the message contents in the right panel.

  • Information in these steps applies to iPads running iOS 7. Instructions may vary slightly or significantly for other versions of iOS.

Based in the live music capital of the world, Tammy Columbo continues to work in the information technology industry as she has done for more than 10 years. While living in Austin, Columbo has contributed to high profile projects for the State of Texas, Fortune 500 technology companies and various non-profit organizations. Columbo began writing professionally in 2009.