How to setup Gmail and Internet Email on Samsung Galaxy S3

(This is part of the My Quick Start Guide for Samsung Galaxy S3 Series.)

Samsung Galaxy S3 offers you a great way to have your emails always in your pocket. With Google’s Android as its operating system, it’s no surprise to find a built-in app for Gmail.

With the Gmail app, you can basically do any email tasks that you normally do on the web based Gmail.

And if you do use email services other than Gmail, which most of us do, Android also comes with an email app that allows you to manage these email accounts on your phone.

In this post, we will look at how to setup your Gmail and other email accounts on Galaxy S3.

Setting up Gmail

If you’ve login your Gmail account during initial setup, then you’re done with configuring the Gmail app. To access your Gmail simply tap the Gmail app and you will get to read the emails in the inbox.

When you use the Gmail app on your Galaxy S3, it synchronizes with your web based Gmail. The tasks such as send email, delete email, tag email with a label and etc. you do on your phone are reflected on the web based Gmail.

Setting up 2nd Gmail account

If you would like to manage your 2nd Gmail account on Galaxy S3, it’s possible too.

To set up a second account:

  1. Tap the Gmail app.
  2. Then press Option key (located beside the home key).
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. On the Settings page, tap ADD ACCOUNT.
    Settings Screen with Add Account
  5. On the Add a Google Account screen, tap Existing. The New option will lead you to create a new Gmail account.
  6. Enter your username, password and tap Sign in.
    Sign in Existing Account
  7. After signing in successfully, you will see a screen that let you select the Google services you would like to sync for this new account. Ensure the Sync Gmail is ticked, “un-tick” the services that you don’t need, and then tap Next.
    Google Services Selection
  8. You’re done.
  9. To switch between these 2 accounts, tap the email address at top of the screen and select the account you wish to check the emails
    Drop Down Menu in Inbox

Setting up Email account

Besides Gmail, the Android on Galaxy S3 also supports general email accounts such as those using POP (Post Office Protocol) or IMAP (Internet Message Access Protocol) technologies.

Note: IMAP email access coordinates between the server and your mail application. Messages that have been read/deleted/replied to will show up as such, both on the server and in the mail application. POP3 does not coordinate with the server. Messages marked as read/deleted/replied to in the mail application will not show up as such on the server. This means that future mail downloads with POP3 will show all messages as unread. – source hostgator.

To setup these accounts:

  1. Tap the Email app on your phone.
  2. Enter the email account and password and tap Manual setup. Note: Tapping Next would instruct Galaxy S3 to automatically configure your email account for you. – Frankly, I didn’t have much luck with this option.
    Email Account and Password
  3. Here, you can choose a type of email accounts. For this tutorial, I will select the POP3 account.
    Type of Accounts Selection
  4. Fill in the incoming server settings and tap Next. If you don’t have such information, do ask from your service provider.
    Incoming Server Settings
  5. Fill in the outgoing server settings and tap Next. If you don’t have such information, do ask from your service provider.
    Outgoing Server Settings
  6. On Account options screen, select the timing for Email check frequency, tick Sync  Email and tick Notify me when email arrives.
    Account Options
  7. That’s it. You’re done.

Adding the Sender to Your Contacts

While reading an email message from someone, you can add the sender to your Contact list.

  1.  Tap the small icon to the left of sender’s name.
  2.  A screen appears that lets you create a new contact or add the information to an existing contact.Create Contact Screen

Adding a Signature in Gmail

The Gmail app can automatically add a signature at the bottom of every outgoing message. To create a signature of your own:

  1. Tap the Gmail app on your phone.
  2. Press the Options key (located beside the Home key) and then tap the Settings.
  3. On the Settings screen, tap the email account you would like to have the signature changed.
    Gmail Account Settings
  4. Tap the Signature option.  Then enter the message in the Signature textbox and tap OK.
    Enter Signature Textbox


Note: The signature you have created on your phone only applies to outgoing emails send using this phone. It doesn’t work with emails send out using the web Gmail.


(This is part of the My Quick Start Guide for Samsung Galaxy S3 Series.)

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  1. says

    I would recommend going the manual route the auto fill in suggestions probably work well for the larger ISPs
    it is also possible to change it once the settings are in place
    >highlight the account and change whatever needs fixing
    >down the bottom are the incoming and outgoing settings

  2. Marvin says

    I just got my S3 yesterday and im trying to add my gmail account to the stock email app but it will not display new messages only old ones or it will not have anything in the inbox can someone help me with this please

    • Ethan says

      I assume you’re talking about the POP3 Gmail. If that’s the case, you can go to the web-based Gmail Settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP and select Enable POP for mail that arrives from now on. Read this article for more info.

  3. Jamailah says

    Hi, I read the Q/A but not sure my question has been answered. I just got my S3 leaving from an iPhone–I have two email accounts (1) gmail and (1) yahoo. I’d like to have both emails under one app. Is there a way I can get this done without having to switch back and forth from the gmail app and the @ app? This becomes very time consuming.


  4. John Wheeler says

    Emails sent via my Ntlworld address from my Galaxy S3 appear twice in the sent folder on the phone and also on my Macbook Pro laptop, although the recipients only receive a single copy. I also have a gmail email account linked to the phone, mainly for incoming mail from one location and an occasional “send”.

    I also receive mutiple copies of incoming mail on the Ntlworld account – deleted mails reappearing sometimes on more than one occasion.

    I assume that I have some kind of conflict in the set-up somehwere along the line in the phone and on the laptop – any suggestions to resolve these irritating problems would be gratefully received.

  5. Julie says

    Hi, I’m receiving an incorrect username/password when setting up my gmail in the stock email app. It works fine in the gmail app but I’d like to have one app where I can see all of my emails vs toggling two apps.

    Have you heard of this problem? If so any solution? All other emails in the stock email app set up easily/automatically (yahoo and…just the gmail is giving me trouble.


    • Ethan says

      I’ve tested many times on setting up my Gmail on stock email client. But haven’t had such an issue. Do make sure you select SSL for the Security type in your Incoming server settings.

  6. Christy says

    I had my gmail app set up and working well on my Galaxy 3 phone. It was syncing perfectly with my online account until I had to change my password for the online account. Now, I get an “incorrect username or password” message randomly when sending emailson my phone. Any suggestions?

    • Ethan says

      When you’ve changed your Gmail password on the web, you should get a sign-in error on the notification panel. Tap the error should bring you directly to the Gmail sign-in screen for you to enter the new password.

      Alternatively, you can go to Gmail app, tap the sync icon, you should see the “Couldn’t sign in” error message with the word SIGN-IN on the right. Tap SIGN-IN to enter your new password.

  7. Kristina says

    I’ve got an email already set up, but I need to set up another account (not gmail). Any idea how to do that? Thx in advance for any help you can offer!

    • Ethan says

      Open your stock email app, go to Settings (tap Option key), tap the Plus icon on the upper right corner, and now start entering your new email account details.

    • Ethan says

      I don’t think there’s such an option on the Gmail app at the moment. Setting up your Gmail account on the stock email app gives you the individual view.

  8. Jeff says

    How do you set the same “Conversion View Off” setting on your Samsung Galaxy SIII? Same as I have on the gmail on my PC?

    Conversation View:
    (sets whether emails of the same topic are grouped together)

    I am missing emails all the time due to this annoying feature.
    Thank you,

    • Ethan says

      I don’t see such an option on the current Gmail app. Setting up your Gmail account on the stock email app gives you the individual view.

  9. Mike says

    I accidently un-ticked the sync gmail. Now it does not show up when I have a new email. Is there any way to go back in and change that setting?


    • Ethan says

      home Settings > Accounts/Google > tap the Gmail account. You should be able to check the Sync Gmail.

  10. Hayley says

    Hi, i already have my gmail account set up and every time i try to add my yahoo account, it wont let me finish the process due to an incorrect user name or password. Both accounts are the same name but one is @gmail and the other is @yahoo. They have the same passwords too. I know im inputting everything in correctly. I dont understand.. please help!