You can use the open standards called IMAP and SMTP to synchronise your Zimbra email to your Android smartphone.

Android has several email clients available but we recommend an open source one called K-9, free from the Android Market. We talk you through configuring that client but others will be similar.

You are connecting to your Zimbra account via IMAP and SMTP over which Zimbra allows connection to your calendar

To configure K-9 for zimbra ensure you are connected to the Internet then start K-9:

Then select Menu, then Add Account…:

Enter your name, email address and password, then press Next:

Select IMAP account type:

Check the user/password is correct then move to the IMAP server box and enter eg

Select Security as SSL if available

Authentication is Plain, Port 993, leave IMAP Path Prefix as default.

K-9 will now check the configuration before moving on to the outgoing server.

In Outgoing Mail Server section, enter eg server then press Next:

Security is TLS if available and the port should be 587 (not 25).

Authentication should be PLAIN and the user/password should be the same as for IMAP.

Click Next and wait until it has finished verifying configuration.

Give this account a name that makes sense to you, eg Simon’s OpenSure Account and then give the name that shows when you send message eg Simon Sayes.

Then click Done and the account is ready for use.

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