I have two e-mail accounts. A personal account (Gmail) and a work account (whateverdomain.com, obviously a fake example). Currently, I am already handling both from Gmail, but there's a couple of issues I don't like and I was wondering what's the best way to go.

The current way I get e-mail on Gmail is by setting up a POP3 account on Mail Settings. This allows me to receive and send e-mail from Gmail and all e-mails (sent and received) are stored on the account.

First problem: when an e-mail is sent to [email protected] there's a big delay since Gmail only checks its external POP3 accounts every half an hour or more. Since work e-mails are potentially urgent that makes my solution a bad solution.

Second problem: on the iPhone... I suffer the same problem. If I setup the work email via IMAP then I have two accounts meaning emails written from whateverdomain.com are not stored in Gmail. If I only setup the Gmail account and use the comma trick so my work mail appears on the from field then emails are saved but appear as "whateverdomain.com via gmail" which doesn't look very professional.

Any ideas on how to do this?

  • just a quicky, do you own whateverdomain.com email? are you the email administrator or you are using the email service of whateverdomain.com ?
    – balexandre
    Sep 14, 2011 at 8:04
  • I do not own that domain. It was just a dummy example. Didn't even know it actually existed. Sorry about that :)
    – ozke
    Sep 14, 2011 at 14:53
  • I was asking about the actual domain that you are using , not literally whateverdomain.com example that you used, so I would know if you can set it up correctly, that's all...
    – balexandre
    Sep 14, 2011 at 15:57
  • Oh, I see. I am sorry. Yes, I do own the domain I am using :)
    – ozke
    Sep 15, 2011 at 7:42
  • if you own it, then why don't you follow x3ja answer?
    – balexandre
    Sep 15, 2011 at 8:43

2 Answers 2


First problem

Google treats the retrieving of external POP3 accounts using their own algorithm and that says in sum that, if you get many email, it will fetch with small gap times, if you have emails once upon a time it will expand the recurring time as there is no need.

You should avoid this completely if you need that POP3 emails quick, for that, you need to create a simple FORWARD email that what it does is

every time I receive an email, I will forward to the address xpto

from your Control Panel, just do this:

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This will make sure that you do receive as fast as you can (as it's at the same time it reaches the POP3 server) and if you configure your GMAIL to filter all emails that were sent to your whateverdomain.com you can easily flag them and even forward again, but this time using GMAIL.

Second problem

You can have multiple accounts on your iPhone, I have several as the image below shows:

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Just add your Gmail and your POP3 Account.

Third problem

If you use a Forward account, you cant set up a new POP3 account, as it's not a POP3 account anymore and you are not keeping anything on whateverdomain.com just in your forward email.

If you need to keep things in the POP3 Account as well, I would suggest that you create a new POP3 account and on GMAIL (that receives the forwarded Email), create a filter to Forward it again to the new POP3 account (or a new GMAIL account just for this, for example as the basic storage size is always a little bigger than regular POP3 account sizes).

Something like this:

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Then in your Mobile phone you can use only GMAIL (as the messages are being dropped into your personal account) or set up the POP3 account and you have one account to send and receive emails just for the whateverdomain.com

  • I need to test things to see if it's exactly what I need but I´ve given your answer as the good one because it makes sense and I'm impressed by your effort. Thank you :)
    – ozke
    Oct 14, 2011 at 15:52

For the first problem, the easiest solution would be to set up an auto-forward for all your emails @whateverdomain.com to forward to your gmail, meaning they would appear instantly. If you're on Outlook/Exchange, just set up a Rule to forward all emails to that address. Or, if you're on a Linux/Unix based system, set up a .forward file or similar.

As for the second problem, this is a bit trickier. You can set up a custom SMTP server to send emails through so that they don't appear to be from GMail. First you need to make sure you have added your @whateverdomain.com email address to GMail... I assume you've done this already. Go into Account Settings, Edit Info on your @whateverdomain.com address, go to the second step and enter the SMTP settings for your @whateverdomain.com address (might need to check with your company what these settings are and if you need authentication etc). Save changes. Now, when you send email from @whateverdomain.com it will not appear as if it's from GMail.

  • I believe your solution creates new problems. I am not sure about the redirection, wouldn't it appear reflected on the e-mail? Also, that would force me to select where I'm writting from in gmail every time.
    – ozke
    Jul 26, 2011 at 10:24
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    Redirection / auto-forwarding doesn't show up in the email you receive - diffferent from a manual forward. As for being forced to select where writing from - you can set up gmail to automatically respond from the email address the original was sent to. Of course when composing a new one, you can set a default to start with but you'll have to select another if you want to change it.
    – x3ja
    Aug 7, 2011 at 0:48

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