WOiP Tip – Speed Up IMAP Gmail

On April 6, 2009

Okay, in all fairness this isn’t a WOiP tip but more like a GearDiary tip from Wayne Schulz.

Wayne sent this email to the GD team a bit ago.

I’m perhaps the last moron on earth to figure this out.
Or maybe it’s all in my head (I’ve only been playing around with it this morning) But my iPhone is/was so slow at picking up email that I couldn’t understand what was going on. It would literally hang for 5 minutes (or until timeout) just checking for email.
I use Gmail. This morning I actually *read* the setup instructions for Google Labs advanced imap and was surprised to see that there was a spot to remove the checkmark next to Gmail different labels so that they wouldn’t be synched via iMap. Bingo!
Well I removed the labels and now my email is iPhone email is faster than ever (provided I have the advanced imap enabled in GMail labs). FWIW (for any other iPhone morons out there using Gmail with imap)

I have tons of labels in Gmail so I figured I would give it a try. Wouldn’t you know it… I tried it and it worked. Gmail feels MUCH faster now on both my Touch and my iPhone.

I hear my membership card for the iPhone Morons Club is on the way!