Is it possible to let Gmail be an IMAP client? I want to sync two Gmail inboxes by establishing IMAP connections between the two.

Clarification: I want Gmail to act as an IMAP client, that is, connecting to a Gmail IMAP server. This can of course be done using another IMAP client, but I was wondering if Gmail can act as an IMAP client.

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You can kinda do it through gmail.

What you can do is (and I do this) have a "slave" account, which is an account you want to use that uses gmail, but you don't actually check this one, and a "master" account, which is the one you check and can send emails from as master and slave.

First open up your slave account, go to settings > forwarding and IMAP/POP
Set the account to forward all mail to your master account.

Next head into your master account, settings > Accounts and Import
in the send mail as: section, click the Send mail from another address button, add in the slave account's information. It will ask you to confirm in the slaves account (which should be forwarded to the master account, so check the master inbox), click the link and continue.

Following that, in the same settings> account and import, check the when receiving a message: reply as same address the message was sent to so that things will automatically be sent by the same account that received it.

Now you're good to go. If you want to, you can create a filter that puts anything to the slave account in it's own label, so you can easily see what account the message was to.

  • I want to be able to log in to either of the Gmail accounts.
    – user8720
    Apr 18, 2011 at 7:06
  • That's not going to happen without a separate client. Gmail can do pop, but not imap. You could try suggesting it to the gmail team...
    – dkuntz2
    Apr 18, 2011 at 12:38

yes, I use it in thunderbird as IMAP. You need to enable IMAP on the settings page (Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab).

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    But not in gmail...
    – dkuntz2
    Apr 18, 2011 at 2:44

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