iPhone Gmail push notifications not working? Here's how to fix that
posted by Victor H. / Mar 30, 2016, 7:06 AM
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.
How do you get push notifications from Gmail accounts?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.
Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009
Sooooo.....this article is either pointless or titled entirely wrong.
posted on Mar 30, 2016, 7:10 AM 5
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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
posted on Mar 30, 2016, 7:31 AM 2
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.
posted on Mar 30, 2016, 9:13 AM 0
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
posted on Mar 30, 2016, 9:37 AM 0
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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.
posted on Mar 30, 2016, 10:15 AM 3
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.
posted on Jan 22, 2017, 9:05 PM 0
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