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Itching to achieve email bliss...

Dear Joe: Great book (TCO Mail for iPhone etc., 3rd Ed.)! Have been going through it, plus a lot of your previous articles. I am just taking the great leap from .mac/.me to iCloud and also trying to start using gmail as a main account for a relatively new iPhone 4S (already have regular iCloud mail on it). I have gmail fetching my work email, it was fetching .mac mail and now I have just set iCloud mail to forward to it. One question: it appears that there is no one solution to using gmail that allows changing the "from" address and synchs calendars and contacts. You say on page 48 that to synch calendars and contacts, you use a separate iCloud account. Could you please explain this in more detail? All I ask is that Mail will recognize my iCloud Contacts. It is quite possible I didn't read carefully enough. Anyway, I'm really itching to achieve "email bliss." Thanks a lot!
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  • I'm not entirely sure I understand your question, but let me give it a try.

    What I'm talking about on p. 48 is a situation where you have, for example, a Gmail account that you use for email, but you've turned off all the other features (contacts, calendars, whatever). And then you have an iCloud account with contacts and calendars turned on (whether or not it also has email enabled). What I'm saying is, if you use iCloud for your contacts and not Gmail (that's what I do), then there's no point in having a non-existent data type turned on. Your iPhone will sync your iCloud contacts, and those contacts are available for use in Mail regardless of which account is sending a message.

    Changing your From address is something totally different; it has nothing to do with whether or how your contacts are synced. If you use Gmail and have gone through the steps I explain to enable it to use an alternative From address, you should be good to go. However, note that if an account has multiple addresses, there's no way I'm aware of to change the DEFAULT From address on an iPhone; if the one you want is not the account's main address, you have to choose it manually every time you send a message.

    Hope that helps.

    Joe
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  • Dear Joe:

    Thanks very much. Yes, that certainly helps. Just wanted to make sure I would have contacts available before going ahead, which I will do soon. One other question: on the Mac, is there a similar procedure to ensure the ability to have different "from" addresses when using gmail through Mail?

    Donald
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  • In Mail on a Mac, you follow a procedure analogous to what you do on an iPhone - same setup on the Gmail side, and paste the additional addresses in the preferences. And, it's the same thing—you can choose a default account for sending new messages, but if you want a specific From address within that account, you have to select it manually for each message.
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  • Dear Joe:

    Just a quick update. Finally went through all of the steps today on both the iPhone and Mac and confirmed that I was able to change the From address. Of course, this is still early in the whole process you outline to achieve "bliss," and I still have to manage 8 years worth of old messages (w/ MailSteward), but I would never have gotten this far without your book. Can say the same about iCloud, too.

    Thanks again!

    Donald
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