Using Multiple Gmail Accounts Through a Single Android Phone
Most of us have multiple email accounts and many of us have multiple Gmail accounts. Sure you can set up all of your email accounts to direct all email received into a single email account but this may become a little overbearing when you need to know where what comes from what account. One method is to make a new Gmail account just for the specific purpose of retrieving all email from your Android handset and setting that Gmail account to your phone when you are setting it up – however the same problem is still inherent when doing this. You are going to end up with a massive amount of email from multiple sources directed to a single email address.
Most Androids come with a pretty decent email app built into the phone. It is really just a matter of setting up a new POP3 account through the email app built into the phone. If you don’t like the standard Android email app then look around on the Market and AppStore for something that suits your taste. Of course you can always use multiple email apps and set each email account to a different app which might help allay any confusion that you have when using email via your smart phone handset. It is not really difficult – you have probably already set up one email account. However, if we want to set up individual Gmail accounts we need to take one extra step in this process.
Go into you Gmail account (via a browser is easiest) and go to the settings. Find the settings that are specifically relevant to setting your Gmail account to send email through a POP3 email interface. After you have done this you can set up you Gmail to be sent to an email application (not only a handset app). After this is done you can set up as many Gmail accounts as you can to come through your email app on your phone. Just make sure you set up the POP3 option on every account you want forwarded to your email app on your Android. However, if you are not that interested in using an email app you can always just use the web based mail system and go there with the browser on your phone.
This method is a little time consuming however. It is much easier to just run the email app and download new email as it is received. It won’t bite into your data allowance as much as well because it doesn’t need to load a bunch of images and HTML to display something. You also have the ability to save the email to your phone through the email app so you don’t need to connect to the internet every time you want to look through your email. A lot of the information in this article may seem a little self evident to expert users – however we were all novices at one point and little things such as this are pretty easy to overlook.