Many Gmail Users Still Without IMAP

Oct 30, 2007 • 7:25 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

About a week ago, Google announced that they have added the IMAP protocol to Gmail. Google said they would be rolling "out the feature over the next couple of days."

It has now been 6 days since the announcement and many Gmail users still do not see the feature in their account settings.

Gmail Guide has been trying to weather the situation in a Google Groups thread, explaining that these feature roll outs need to go slow to ensure the servers and hardware can handle the new load.

Gmail Guide explained:

t's really great to hear how much everyone wants IMAP, and I feel for those of you that have been such loyal Gmailers for so long but have to wait a little longer. We knew the roll out wouldn't be instant for everyone. Because of the way the system is designed, the feature would go live in Gmailers' accounts gradually and randomly. As a result, we decided to first announce IMAP as it started to roll out rather than later.

We are trying to get IMAP to all users as soon as we can. If you don't have it yet, expect to see it approximately one week from our announcement on October 24. Rolling out new features often place extra burden on our servers, particularly in the case of IMAP where users may be downloading their entire inboxes at once. I know that it is frustrating to wait for a feature that's been highly anticipated. Thanks for your patience, and it won't be much longer!

So, if you still do not have it by tomorrow or the day after, then something is probably wrong.

Forum discussion at Google Groups.

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10/30/2007 01:54 pm

Thanks for the update. A few friends of mine got it almost immediately and they never planned on using the IMAP feature. Here I am almost a week later, eager to port gmail to my iphone and people are already talking about new Gmail features while I'm still waiting for IMAP. I was beginning to wonder if something was wrong.


10/30/2007 06:15 pm

same here... imho it seems 100% lame that as an early adopter of gmail, and eager future user of imap that on the 7th day of imap, I still have none. This feels like getting picked last for some team sport.


10/31/2007 10:26 am

Yes 31st now and still no imap on account I have had since early 2004 and use all the time. I know it will come but still very frustrating. Other three accounts have IMAP so not sure whats wrong ?


11/01/2007 06:22 am

Just activated IMAP on my account. It works fine and syncs perfectly with Outlook. I had around 10k emails archived so it took a while to fully sync.


11/05/2007 09:01 pm

Still without IMAP access, I check several times a day (after logging out and in again) and am growing very uneasy about it!!

Still No IMAP

01/05/2008 10:46 am

okay it's January 4th and guess what? STILL NO IMAP SUPPORT. I have been using Gmail from like '04 and still this happens. Hilarious.

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