Use Ubuntu’s Evolution Mail to manage Gmail

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This is a guest post by Antriksh Yadav of Right Now In Tech.

Now, go ahead to the next window. Here, most of the settings are your preferences. But here are the typical settings for anyone.If you're a Linux fan, you're probably using it. Ubuntu is the most widely supported Linux distribution. Almost every Linux user is familiar with it. Here's a little tip. You can use Ubuntu's Evolution Mail (also comes with many other Linux distributions) to manage your Gmail account. And it's pretty easy.

First of all, you need to enable IMAP in your account. For that, go to Settings, and then click the ‘Forwarding and POP/IMAP' tab there.

Then, enable IMAP forwarding in here.

Now, just open up Evolution Mail from Applications -> Office -> Evolution Mail and Calendar and follow the following steps:

  • Now, you'll get the first time setup wizard. Click Forward in the first window.
  • Then it'll ask you if you want to setup Evolution from a backup. You don't want to do that. So, skip this.
  • Next window, type in your name and your email (yes, the Gmail one), like I have done here.

  • Next, make sure you have the following settings (click the image to see a bigger version):

  • Now, go ahead to the next window. Here, most of the settings are your preferences. But here are the typical settings for anyone.

  • Once, more on the next step, make sure your settings are the same as mine here:

  • After this, you're done. The next step will ask you what you want to name this mailbox. I named mine ‘Gmail'. You can choose your own name too.
  • Congratulations. The next window will tell you that you're done. You can now click ‘Apply' there and start using Evolution.
  • It will ask you your password to download your messages. Type it in, and you may check the box below it so that it will remember it for you.

Enjoy your new mail client.

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4 Responses

  1. Joe says:

    Good tip; however, I have to say Thunderbird is a better app, more responsive.

  2. Hal says:

    This works great, except Evolution does not handle delete in gmail well. A delete in Evolution just removes the inbox label, which means google just leaves it in All Mail. The same as an archive. I switched to Thunderbird for this reason. Thunderbird handles delete correctly.

  3. Randy says:

    I agree with Hal – I left Evolution because it does not handle a Gmail IMAP delete properly. I use Thunderbird for that reason alone. I’d go back to Evolution for the other PIM features, if it handled the delete properly.

  4. Brian says:

    This is actually the exact way I’d want it to handle “delete”, since there’s no “archive” button available in Evolution.

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