When I read articles like this on a respectable site like InformationWeek about Gmail not working well with BlackBerrys I thought it was time for a refresher course. I used to think that it was common knowledge that setting up Gmail to work on a BlackBerry was a bit more difficult. I guess not… So I thought I would bring it up again since an easier way to setup Gmail will only be available when BIS 2.6 is released later this month or next. Though BIS 2.6 has already been upgraded in other countries…
For now this is how to setup your BlackBerry to use IMAP to get your Gmail & Google Apps email and how to stop getting your own sent messages. You can find both of the solutions in previous FAQ that we have published at the links below:
Setting up Gmail to use IMAP is useful since then it saves your sent messages and it syncs the “Read/Unread” status from your BlackBerry to Gmail (one way). That means if you read an email on your BlackBerry it will show up as read on Gmail shortly thereafter.
So please if you have a friend who is struggling with their Gmail setup on their BlackBerry please let them know how to fix it. It is a shame that RIM has not done something about this in the past but they are finally correcting this in the upcoming release of BIS 2.6.