iPhone Gmail push notifications not working? Here's how to fix that

Ever since early 2013, Gmail has not been working properly on the Mail application for iPhone. 

While switching phones here at PhoneArena, I was reminded once again how bad the email issue is: you simply cannot get push mail notifications from Gmail with the default Mail app on the iPhone, and you have to set it up to fetch email every 15 minutes or so, if you want a somewhat livable experience. Even then, notifications don't get pushed to the lock screen and all you get is a silent vibration and the mail counter updated, but no notification registers in the iOS notification center.

Unfortunately, there is no way to solve the issue with the default Mail application. The problem is rooted in Google's decision to pull Exchange support three years ago.

So how do you solve it? Well, as we said, you cannot directly solve it in Mail, but you can get a third-party app that supports push email for Gmail accounts. You can try the official Gmail app for the iPhone, but it has a very ancient design, not great-looking fonts and lacks the neat swipe-to-archive and swipe-to-schedule shortcuts that other apps offer.

We've tested quite a few apps, and we've found that Microsoft Outlook is one of the best ones. You can, of course, test other apps to see their implementation of mail.

Do not forget to also disable those silent notifications for the stock Mail app by going into Settings > Mail, Contacts, Calendars > select your Gmail account > disable Mail.

Which is your preferred mail application for the iPhone? Let us know about your mail experience on Apple's platform: how can it be improved? What are you missing? What are you happy with? This all, you can share in the comments right below.



1. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

Sooooo.....this article is either pointless or titled entirely wrong.

2. jmill75

Posts: 122; Member since: Jul 22, 2009

Another anti-Google crap article by PhoneArena. There is no issue with Gmail. This is with another APP! Jeez you guys suck so bad....just saying

4. mrochester

Posts: 997; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

Sadly, the whole issue lies with Google pulling Exchange support. With Exchange support, Gmail used to work fine. I had to change to a different email service.

15. bigdawg23

Posts: 467; Member since: May 25, 2011

Just use the GMAIL app, works perfectly. I get my email on that app faster than my Galaxy Note Pro Tablet or browser on my laptop.

5. bucky

Posts: 3784; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

How is this anti-Google in anyway? Victor literally advertised the native Gmail app with the direct link to the download.

7. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

Right? Just saying... But it doesn't necessarily mean it's against Google. Come on.

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3. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

Right... I though there is a work around to make it works again with mail.app... So I have been using Mailbox.app and now Spark for push gmail notification and snooze feature.

6. GMS85

Posts: 216; Member since: Sep 26, 2012


8. Exynos.

Posts: 177; Member since: Mar 28, 2016

What's so funny, GMS85?

9. Zomer

Posts: 361; Member since: May 31, 2013

Well it isn't perfect, but it's only 15 minutes and the notifications of the native Mail-app work fine.

11. promise7

Posts: 894; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

You most likely are doing something wrong or you didn't try hard enough. Yes, Google dropped Exchange support so you don't get push notifications, but I had absolutely no problems with email notifications showing up on my lock screen.

12. TechieXP

Posts: 25; Member since: Mar 29, 2016

HAHAH "but it just works" the former line iFans use to say all the time... not so much anymore. they are growing tired of the miserable and pathetic iOS bugs

14. Makkari

Posts: 13; Member since: Apr 09, 2015

Do you people sign in or create accounts just to vomit your personality all over the internet? What does this have to do Apple? How is it a bug? Google pulled Exchange support. It's that simple. This has nothing to do with Apple. This is between Google and Microsoft. It's not a bug in iOS. Gmail worked perfectly fine when there was Exchange support. This is not to say that iOS works perfectly or Apple is perfect. I'm not a fanboy, but truth is truth. Google, Microsoft, and Apple have things that work well and things that don't. In no way is this article anti or pro anyone.

13. dalabi

Posts: 14; Member since: Oct 25, 2014

How does Inbox for iOS stand in this case?

16. lucaferrari0325

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 22, 2017

I think native Gmail app works fine under iPhone for Gmai push notification. Other than iPhone, here is some working solution to get Gmail push notification on platforms other than iPhone, such as Windows, Mac, and Android. Maybe you will be interested to take a look: 1. Chrome & Firefox & Safari under Windos & Mac 2. Gmail App under Android & iOS & Windows 3. Aura, a notification tool under Mac 4. EVO Collaborator for Outlook under Windows Outlook 5. Gmail Notifier Pro under Windows 6 Checker Plus for Gmail, a Chrome extension able to notify even when Chrome is closed! 7. MailTab for Gmail under OS X 8. Windows 10's Mail app along with Notification and Action feature.

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