Gmail is one of the most popular web based email services and it's also probably your favourite. Why is it so popular? Well, mostly because it's intuitive, efficient and accessible to any user. Now, your emails, contacts and calendar are available on your Windows Phone device, right at your fingertips. In this article we will show you how to connect your Gmail account to your Windows Phone and how to configure the way your Windows Phone interacts with your account. Let's go:
What Do You Need Before Connecting Your Gmail Account To Your Windows Phone 8.1
In order to connect your Gmail account to your Windows Phone 8.1, you obviously need a Gmail account. If you don't have one, click here to create one for free.
Also, you will need to be connected to Internet to perform this action. It doesn't matter if it's a Wi-fi connection or a cellular data connection. If you need more information on how you can connect to a Wi-Fi network, read this guide: How To Connect To Or Remove Wi-Fi Networks In Windows Phone 8
How To Connect Your Gmail Account To Your Windows Phone
To set up a Gmail account on your Windows Phone 8.1, go to your App list and tap People. By default, People can also be found on the Start screen. If you didn't unpin it you can access it from here also.
Next, tap the More button from the lower right corner of the screen.
Now, press add an account from the menu.
Google may be listed in the Add Contacts screen if a Gmail account is already connected to your Windows Phone. To add a new account, tap add an account.
Now, press Google from the add an account screen.
You will be prompted to authorise Windows Phone to access your Google Account. Tap connect to continue.
Next, sign in with your Google Account. Type your email and password and press Sign in.
NOTE: If you enabled 2-Step Verification for your Google Account, a verification code will be sent by SMS. You need to type this code in order to access your account.
You need to allow your Windows Phone to manage your Google Account information. Press Accept to continue.
Now, you have connected your Windows Phone to your Gmail account. Soon, you will be receiving emails and notifications on your Windows Phone. Now, the Google Mail app will automatically appear in your App list.
Also, a Live Tile will appear on your Start screen for quick access.
In the next screenshot you can see what you'll get in your new Google Mail app. Note that although your mail will sync automatically at a rate you set, you can also sync your items manually by tapping sync from the lower menu.
How To Configure Your Gmail Account On Your Windows Phone 8.1
To configure the way your Windows Phone will interact with your Gmail account, go to the Add Contacts screen and tap the account you want to configure.
The first thing you can change is the Account name. Tap the text box and type the new name.
Another thing you can do is set the rate at which your Windows Phone will download new mail. To perform this action, tap Download new email.
A menu will now open and you can choose an item from the list. You can receive your emails as soon as they arrive, based on your usage or at a rate you see fit.
Besides the rate at which your Windows Phone will download new mail, you can also set the rate at which your contacts and calendar will sync. Tap Sync contacts and calendar and a drop-down menu will open. Now, choose the rate of synchronization from the menu.
Another thing you can do is set the time frame from which you want to download your emails. Tap Download email from and choose any item from the dropdown menu.
Below you can set the content you can sync. You can sync Email, Contacts and Calendar. It's recommended that you check all the boxes.
Close to the bottom of the screen, you can set Your name. The app will send messages using this name.
After you're done configuring the settings of your Gmail account, tap done from the lower menu.
As you can see from this guide, connecting your Gmail account to your Windows Phone and configuring the way your Windows Phone interacts with your account can be done really easily and in no time. The whole process is secure so your personal data will be protected. The fact that you can set more than one account on the same device and use them at the same time is an advantage. If you have any questions regarding this topic don't hesitate to share them with us in the comments below.