Integrating email on Blackberry, Gmail, and Thunderbird

Posted on 2009-04-14
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Hi Experts,

I would like to integrate the email on my BlackBerry 8310, Gmail, and Thunderbird so that if I have read my emails on any one of these apps, the others show it as read as well.

Is this possible?  Even if I could just synchronize my BlackBerry handheld with Gmail, I would be happy.  I hate going through my BlackBerry and marking each message as read, after the fact.

Question by:rav_rav
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by:Gary Cutri
Gary Cutri earned 75 total points
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Hi, your carrier should have upgraded their BlackBerry Web Client to version 2.6 which allows Gmail IMAP integration (it is most likely currently set for POP).  If they have updated you need to delete the Gmail account from you BIS account and then re-add it and it should detect the IMAP settings.

Expert Comment

ID: 24144348
The suggestion above will synchronize deletions, but that doesn't allow for archiving, which is a primary gmail feature.  Would you be opposed to using the gmail app for blackberry?  You can read more/download it at  It allows exact synchronization to gmail in terms of read mail, and allows archiving and searching through all mail.  Send to contacts are also synchronized, saving on typing time.

Author Comment

ID: 24144367
Hey Folks,

Garycutri: I didn't know about your suggestion.  I will try it out tomorrow morning and see how it goes.  Not exactly what I was looking for, but it is definitely better than my current situation.

 007:  I have used the Gmail app for BB in the past.  It is good but I prefer using the BB email client.

Thanks for your help.  I will keep you posted.
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Expert Comment

ID: 24144387
Setting up IMAP on both your Blackberry and in Thunderbird (rather than POP) would be the best solution then.

Be sure to have reconciliation enabled as an option on your carrier's BIS page and in your device in the inbox options > email reconciliation

Author Comment

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Can you recommend any websites/links on how to do this?


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_007 earned 175 total points
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Author Closing Comment

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Thanks folks.  Don't have time to try it out yet properly but I'll assume you are both right.


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