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# 210348 23-Mar-2017 17:10
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If you add a second Gmail account to the Gmail app, it automatically logs you into every Google service system-wide and starts syncing crap. You can turn off the syncing, but it still pollutes interfaces lists (like calendar) with stuff from that account, spams warnings about "sync disabled" and adds extra account selection steps to certain processes. Is there any way to add the account to Gmail only?


I have been using Microsoft's outlook app for my additional Gmail accounts for this reason, but after enabling 2FA on one of them the other day, I cannot get that account to log back in (the 2FA part works fine, and I get all the way to the last permissions screen, but after tapping Accept, it just hangs on "authenticating with google" indefinitely). Gmail on android is also the only one that lets you get audio notifications for every message*.


*Side rant: Why is it only the Gmail app (and specifically the Gmail app for android, because iOS Gmail doesn't have this option) that allows you to force notification sounds for EVERY message. I'm not talking about priority inboxes (have that disabled). 


The outlook app's behavior, and the Gmail behavior by default, is to notify you for the first email message and then be silent for subsequent messages until you read or dismiss the notifications. I suppose they think this is a smart way to prevent excessive notifications from sounding off, what what it also is, is a recipe for missing important emails. If you happen to not hear the first sound, you'll miss every message until you pick up the phone. You have to then be constantly looking at the phone to check for messages, which is exactly what notification sounds are supposed to avoid. 


So the Gmail app for android has a "notify for every message" checkbox to force it to play a sound for every message without exception, solving the problem. How is this fundamental feature not in every mail app?

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  # 1746549 23-Mar-2017 17:17
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Generate a dedicated "App password" for your Outlook app:



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  # 1746550 23-Mar-2017 17:22
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Generate a dedicated "App password" for your Outlook app:







It shouldn't need that, the app supports Google's universal login screen. I did it on both my parents phones (2FA Gmail accounts in Outlook app) and had no problem. Also, I'd rather not use the Outlook app at all. It's far more buggy than the Gmail one.


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  # 1746552 23-Mar-2017 17:27
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Correct it "shouldn't" need that however it may solve your login issues; otherwise next options are to clear apps caches and/or reinstall.


Regarding the other issues I don't know of any 'simple' solutions.

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  # 1746559 23-Mar-2017 17:50
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Probably not massively helpful unless you have a Samsung device but Samsung's excellent email app will play notifications for every email that comes into a synced folder.

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  # 1746591 23-Mar-2017 19:51
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This annoyance is part of why I carry 2 phones. Dont wany my disposable gmail account to be able to add apps, lock the phone and all sorts of other crap that adding a google account to a phone does.


I ran it for a while in the stock mail app thru imap, but it was a terrible experiance and really chewed up the data.


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  # 1746705 23-Mar-2017 22:15
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You can set up Gmail (the service, not the app) To retrieve email from the other gmail account, 

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