I’ve been a big fan of Windows Phone (now Windows Mobile) for a while and have
had a few phones across versions 7, 8, and now 10. A while ago I switched to
FastMail as my e-mail provider , but had been stuck using Google as my
calendar provider still (and my contacts were on my Windows Live account). I had
a desire to move all these onto a single account, but Windows 10 Mobile only
officially supports e-mail from arbitrary providers. Calendar and contacts are
limited to a few special providers.
Below I’ve outlined how I’ve gotten all three services (email, contacts, and
calendar) from my FastMail account onto my Windows Mobile device.
Email is the easy one, FastMail even has a
guide to setting up email on Windows Phone. This guide did not handle sending
emails with a custom domain name, if you don’t have that situation, probably
just use the FastMail guide.
- Add a new account, choose “other account”.
- Type in your email address (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) and password.
- It will complain about being unable to find proper account settings. Click
- It will complain again, but not give you an option for “advanced”, click it.
- Choose “Internel email account”.
- Enter any “Account name” and “Your name” that you want.
- Choose “IMAP4” as the “Account type”.
- Change the incoming mail server to mail.messagingengine.com.
- Change the username to your FastMail username (e.g. email@example.com).
- Change the outgoing mailserver to mail.messagingengine.com.
Now when you send email it should show up properly as
firstname.lastname@example.org, but be sent via FastMail’s servers!
FastMail added support for CalDAV back in the beginning of 2014 . These
steps are almost identical to the Contacts section above, but using
information from the guide for setting up Calendar.app.
- Add a new account, choose “iCloud”.
- Type in your FastMail username (e.g. email@example.com).
- Put in your password.
- Click “sign in”, it will fail.
- Go back into the account settings (click “Manage”) and modify the advanced
settings (“Change mailbox sync settings”). Choose manually for when to
download new email. Disable syncing of email and contacts.
- Go to “Advanced account settings”. Change the “Incoming email server”,
“Outgoing (SMTP) email server” and “Contacts server (CardDAV)” to
- Change “Calendar server (CalDAV)” to
changing firstname.lastname@example.org to your FastMail username.
- Click “Done”!
My default calendar appeared very quickly, but additional calendars took a bit
to sync onto my phone.
Good luck and let me know if there are any errors, easier ways, or other tricks
to getting the most of FastMail on a Windows Mobile device!