Google adds POP refresh button to Gmail Labs

Google has made the managing of multiple email accounts through Gmail much simpler. However, there's always been something missing--the lack of push. Let's say you have your Hotmail account set up in Gmail using POP and you receive an email. Depending on the algorithm used by Gmail to fetch from your Hotmail account (time varies based on past fetchings), it could take minutes, or even an hour to actually see that email in your Inbox. This can be very problematic for time sensitive material.

Thankfully, one of Google's engineers (inspired by his kid sister) has come up with a simple solution--let the user control the refresh. True, up until now, you could visit your Gmail settings and tell it to fetch POP emails on the spot, but with multiple external accounts, this task can become pretty cumbersome. As posted on The Official Gmail Blog, there's a new Lab to help assist with the fetching task. It's called "Refresh POP accounts" and when enabled, it will give you a nice little "Refresh" button at the top of your mailbox.

Gmail Refresh POP

With a single click, the new feature will initialize a fetch of all your POP email accounts. Gmailers are sure to welcome the new Lab. Let's just hope Google doesn't retire it like they did Muzzle.

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surrealvortex said,
Definitely useful!

I've always been able to do this? If you go into the accounts you were able to check for new messages.

Putting it in a place that is more assessable is good, but it is not a new thing.

stevember said,

I've always been able to do this? If you go into the accounts you were able to check for new messages.

Putting it in a place that is more assessable is good, but it is not a new thing.

That's nothing new, however refreshing all pop3 accounts from the gmail inbox with a single button is.

stevember said,

I've always been able to do this? If you go into the accounts you were able to check for new messages.

Putting it in a place that is more assessable is good, but it is not a new thing.

As Tom said, previously, you had to do it one by one.

surrealvortex said,

As Tom said, previously, you had to do it one by one.

I had been using a greasemonkey script which enabled you to refresh the POP3 emails from your inbox -http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/51516

This new lab feature will be very handy! Time to remove the greasemonkey script.

I don't merge my accounts. I have different email addresses for a reason, and visiting the corresponding provider's site to view my emails isn't a hassle for me.

That said, I know there are many people that do, and this is bound to be a welcome addition to the Google Labs family. Surely such a tool stands more chance of graduating than being retired in the future?

... it could take minutes, or even hours to actually see that email in your Inbox ...

Gmail never refreshes POP accounts less often than once an hour.

Aaron44126 said,

Gmail never refreshes POP accounts less often than once an hour.

True, but what if that e-mail comes in a minute or two before the scheduled refresh? Then you will see it in "minutes".

Aaron44126 said,

Gmail never refreshes POP accounts less often than once an hour.

Sometimes when I'm expecting an new email it gets sent to my old account, this allows me to quickly retrieve it rather than going through the settings. An hour is typcially fine, but say a password request I probably want instantly.

Mike said,
What's wrong with plain old forwarding from hotmail -> gmail? Almost instant delivery then.

You can't forward to non-Hotmail accounts unless you pay.

Co_Co said,

not so for a while


Forwarding
You can forward your mail to one other e-mail address that ends in hotmail.com, msn.com, live.com, or is part of Windows Live Custom Domains.

Always nice to see more features added. I really don't think any other free mail service can come close to what GMail offers

I get my pop automatically into my Gmail account, quite easy to do with needing to refresh.

http://studyhost.co.uk/blog/general/setting-up-cpanel-email-accounts-to-work-with-google-mail-and-iphone/

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