Synchronize Your iPad Mail Accounts with Your Computer

If you choose to set up your iPad data synchronization manually, you can synchronize your iPad mail accounts with your Mac or PC. Select your iPad in the sidebar on the left side of the iTunes screen. Then click the Info button, which is to the right of the Summary button.

The Info pane has five sections: Contacts, Calendars, Mail Accounts, Other, and Advanced.

To use your iPad with your Google or Yahoo! account, you must first create an account on your iPad. After you’ve created a Yahoo! or Google account on your iPad, you can enable contact or calendar syncing with it in the Settings app’s Mail, Contacts, and Calendars section.

You can sync account settings for your e-mail accounts in the Mail Accounts section of the Info pane. You can synchronize all your e-mail accounts (if you have more than one), or you can synchronize individual accounts, as shown in the figure. Just select the appropriate check boxes.

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The iPad syncs with the following mail programs:

  • Mac: Mail

  • PC: Microsoft Outlook 2003, 2007, and 2010

  • Mac and PC: Gmail and Yahoo! Mail

E-mail account settings are synchronized only one way: from your computer to your iPad. If you make changes to any e-mail account settings on your iPad, the changes aren’t synchronized back to the e-mail account on your computer.

By the way, the password for your e-mail account may or may not be saved on your computer. If you sync an e-mail account and the iPad asks for a password when you send or receive mail, do this: Tap Settings on the Home screen, tap Mail, tap your e-mail account’s name, and then type your password in the appropriate field.

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