Aug
3
2011

Quick Tip: View the iPhone/Android optimized Gmail mobile site on your Windows Phone 7!!

FINALLY! Man, this was a big one for me and many others I know that rely on Gmail’s mobile website to quickly check or search for super old emails and perform Gmail-specific functions such as “Mark as Unread”, “Star”, “Report Spam”, and so on.

NOTE: I’m using a WP7 device running Mango and with the latest IE9 mobile – so I don’t know if this will work for those without Mango. If anyone can try and let me know in the comments below, I’d really appreciate it!

If you boot up your Windows Phone 7 browser and go to:

http://gmail.com

You will automatically get redirected to a site that looks like this:

Gmail WAP Mobile Site

Yuck. Instead, type (or copy/paste) this link in your browser:

http://mail.google.com/mail/x/gdlakb-/gp/

And feast your eyes on a mobile Gmail site that actually looks pretty good:

Gmail iPhone/Android Optimized Mobile Site

Mind you, it’s not quite is powerful or sexy as the real iPhone or Android mobile sites – but it’s certainly a step up from the basic WAP site, and definitely far more usable! I would recommend bookmarking this link to quickly get to the fancy gmail site quickly (and maybe even pinning to start!)

Lastly, thank you Google for caring just a bit about us WP7 users. =) Also, if you didn’t already know – there’s a special link for iPhone/Android-style Google Reader site as well described here.

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About the Author: ShiftF

I'm a recent senior computer engineering grad from the University of British Columbia. I'm also a bit of a phone addict - as I currently switch between a BlackBerry, a few iPhones and a few Windows Phones (Samsung Focus, HTC Titan, Lumia 900). I'm now work as a software developer full-time.

  • Anonymous

    thanks for that. Any way to get the normal search? I can only get it with http://www.google.com/m/gp but then the search doesn’t work, redirects you to the normal site and then it doesn’t search.

    Edit: Hm, going back to the inbox doesn’t seem to work via the button and pressing back brings me to the crappy mobile site :/

  • thx for the tip… can anyone access desktop version(not html old school)? need signature with img files…

  • J Patrick Oneill

    On my new Windows 7 Lumia 900 I am unable to “move” or “mark as unread” any emails that I find when I search my old mail. For example, I want to move an old mail back to my Inbox. However the “move” option is greyed out.

    What gives?