Forward Other Email Accounts to Gmail? Use This Lab!

I, as do many of my clients, have several different email addresses, but forward all of those emails to one Gmail account. Unfortunately, the fine folks at Gmail can sometimes take their sweet time checking for emails sent to those forwarded addresses. In some instances, Gmail has taken over an hour to check these accounts.

That’s unacceptable when someone is having trouble connecting to a webinar that is only an hour long. The webinar would be over before I ever knew there was a problem.

To solve this, you used to have to go into the email settings, then accounts, then fetch the mail for every individual email account. But not anymore thanks to the nifty Gmail Lab “Refresh POP accounts.” With this lab enabled, all you have to do is hit the “refresh” button in your inbox and it will check all of the POP access email accounts at once.

So easy! So less time consuming! So awesome!

Here’s how to enable it:

Log in to your Gmail account. Then go to settings.

If your menu doesn’t look quite like this, find the gear tool, then select “Settings.” You should then see this:

After, you select “Labs,” your Labs menu will open listing your enabled labs first, then available labs. Scroll down the list (it’s alphabetical) until you find “Refresh POP accounts” and then enable it:

Then scroll all the way to the bottom and save:

To prove that it works, here is how long it has been since Gmail checked these accounts (these are mostly testing accounts, fyi).

See where it says “check mail now?” You used to have to go through each account to refresh the accounts. But now all I do it his my handy dandy refresh button:

And Voila!

Of course, as Gmail warns, “Gmail Labs is a testing ground for experimental features that aren’t quite ready for primetime. They may change, break or disappear at any time.” So there’s that, but this such a helpful feature and I rarely have problems with any of the labs I have enabled.

If you have never used Gmail Labs, I suggest taking a look through the list. There is some useful stuff. I also recommend “Canned Responses.”

If you use Labs, which are your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Thanks for reading,

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