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I need Gmail help,or an alternative to it please; for my mum's tablet (which is limited)

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KatyMac Sun 03-Feb-13 09:45:06

My mum got a tablet for Christmas, it's a bit hardwork for mebut she loves it

It has Gmail on it -can I use a bt email address with this or do I need another email thingie?

<<dead technical me hmm>>

KatyMac Sun 03-Feb-13 10:16:27


fizzybeerandsausages Sun 03-Feb-13 10:24:10

I use gmail through the Web to check my gmail email account. A far as I know you cab only check gmail emails through gmail. If you have a bt email address you would need to log in through bt webmail (a webpage from bt that lets you check your email) or have something like Microsoft outlook installed on the tablet which would download your emails for you.

CaseyShraeger Sun 03-Feb-13 10:27:35

You can check other email accounts with gmail, but I can't remember how off the top of my head.

CaseyShraeger Sun 03-Feb-13 10:30:27

This article tells you roughly how (although it's a few years old so some of the screens will look different)

KatyMac Sun 03-Feb-13 10:41:03


It won't connect to my dad's laptop either- any ideas what we are doing wrong?

nannynick Sun 03-Feb-13 11:12:08

What won't connect to dads laptop? If it did connect, what would it be doing?

nannynick Sun 03-Feb-13 11:15:33

Gmail is great when you get used to it. I use to check all my email accounts, label which account the mail came from, filter messages into folders (gmail calls them labels), access my mail from phone, tablet and PC.

Setting things up I find is easier when logging in via a PC. Once setup, using app on tablet is fine.

KatyMac Sun 03-Feb-13 11:25:10

My mum's tablet - to transfer some pictures (via a mini USB thingie)

nannynick Sun 03-Feb-13 12:07:10

Email the pictures or upload to dropbox or other online storage.

nannynick Sun 03-Feb-13 12:52:15

Dropbox - setup new account

App Links if needed:
Dropbox - Android
Dropbox - Apple

I have dropbox on my Android phone and when I take a picture it automatically uploads it, so I can then view it or download it on my laptop. Works really well and you get quite a bit of storage for free.

KatyMac Sun 03-Feb-13 15:10:08

Thanks Nick-that's working

For email my android phone comes with an email app, as well as gmail. If there isn't such a beast included on the tablet, you can add k9mail.

tribpot Tue 05-Feb-13 13:40:23

Does she already have a BT Internet email address? She should be able to download an email client app that will work with this, although I know from dealing with my step-dad's recent foray into the world of tablets that BT Yahoo is a bit lacking in the standard features of an email service and can be hard work.

Alternatively as you've alluded to, you can get Gmail to act as a sort of gateway to the BT Internet email, which means setting up some stuff on Gmail itself (i.e. in a browser) and then the Gmail client should work out of the box.

For doing file transfer, the others are right - Dropbox is far simpler than messing about with wired connections between devices. For dealing with an Android tablet, Airdroid is my new find (new to me, already known to everyone else with an Android device, I'm sure!) which seems to work well.

NetworkGuy Tue 05-Feb-13 15:06:27

thanks for mentioning Airdroid. No, had not heard of it smile

KatyMac Tue 05-Feb-13 19:58:38

I managed to do it the way Nick said - setting it up on my laptop, & it seems to work fine on the tablet now

I also used Dropbox for the pictures; how secure is it (thinking of other uses....)

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