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I have installed the Gmail app for iPad, and configured my gmail account. However, the inbox does not sync at all. It always shows 'No offline messages'. But I am able to see the messages under All Mail and Important labels. I have enabled the POP and IMAP settings for my gmail account (under settings).

Please help me resolve the issue so that my inbox syncs up automatically. Thanks a lot in advance.

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The preferred method for syncing your GMail account with an iOS device is by using Exchange with Google Sync. I could detail the directions here, but Google has a great writeup that is far more robust.

If you have multiple calendars you'll want to follow this guide to configure your device to access them as well.

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I am not using the mail client provided by default in iPad, I am using the iOS Gmail App (from App Store). I like it better. Is there a solution? – Vivek Ragunathan May 3 '12 at 12:54
Gmail began changing its recommendations recently I noticed -- they say to prefer the gmail app over exchange. Which they're attempting to phase out -- in fact the exchange sync is currenltly quite broken on windows desktops with newer versions of outlook. They're recommending the cardav and caldav for contacts/calendar sync with ios also – Neil Neyman Aug 5 '13 at 23:53
Are you using 2-factor auth? Needs application-specific password. Otherwise try signing out/reauth or even reinstall. – Neil Neyman Aug 6 '13 at 0:02

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