11 Fixes to Resolve Gmail Issues on iPhone Mail App

If you’re experiencing problems with your Gmail account on the iPhone Mail app, you’re not alone. Many users have encountered issues when integrating their Gmail account with the default Mail app. Whether you’re facing errors while sending or receiving Gmail messages, we’ve got you covered. Here are 11 troubleshooting tricks to fix Gmail not working on the iPhone Mail app.

1. Remove and Add a Gmail Account

If you recently changed your Google account password and the Mail app didn’t prompt you to update your account details, you can manually remove and add your Gmail account. Here’s how:

  1. Open Settings on your iPhone and scroll to Mail.
  2. Select Accounts and tap on Gmail.
  3. Choose Delete Account and confirm your decision.
  4. Go back to Accounts and tap on Add Account.
  5. Select Google and sign in with your updated account details.

2. Check Network Connection

Network connection issues can also cause problems with Gmail on the iPhone Mail app. To resolve this, you can temporarily enable Airplane mode from the Control Center and then disable it after a while. If your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi but doesn’t have internet access, you can refer to our troubleshooting guide to fix the issue.

3. Check Gmail Sync Settings

If Gmail is set to fetch new data every 30 minutes or an hour, you may experience delays in receiving emails. To ensure a timely delivery of emails, follow these steps:

  1. Open Settings and scroll to Mail.
  2. Tap on Accounts and select Fetch New Data.
  3. Choose Automatically below Fetch.

If Gmail is still not working on the iPhone Mail app, continue reading for more solutions.

4. Check Gmail Storage

Gmail storage is divided among Google Drive files, Google Photos media, and Gmail messages. If you’ve exceeded the 15GB quota on your account, you won’t be able to send or receive emails. To check your storage:

  1. Download the Google Drive app on your iPhone and sign in.
  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top-right corner and check your Workspace storage.
  3. If you’re running low on Drive space, tap on it to see a detailed breakdown. You can also tap Clean up space for recommendations.
  4. Consider purchasing a Google One plan to expand your account space, starting at $1.99 per month for 100GB.

5. Check Gmail Server

If the Gmail servers are down, it can cause glitches when sending or receiving emails through the Mail app. To confirm if the servers are experiencing issues, visit Downdetector and search for Gmail. If there’s a high outage graph and user comments complaining about the same problem, you’ll need to wait for Google to fix the server-side issues.

6. Disable and Enable Gmail

Temporarily disabling and enabling your Gmail account can help in resolving issues. Here’s how:

  1. Go to Settings and scroll to Mail. Select Accounts.
  2. Tap on Gmail and disable the Mail toggle. Enable it after some time.
  3. Force quit the Mail app and reopen it to start seeing your Gmail messages.

7. Reinstall the Mail App

If you’re still facing issues with Gmail on the iPhone Mail app, you can try reinstalling the Mail app. Here’s how:

  1. Long-press on the Mail app and select Remove App.
  2. Tap Delete App.
  3. Go to the App Store and download the Mail app again.

8. Set Mail as Default

If you’re having trouble opening email links in the Mail app, make sure it’s set as the default email app. Here’s how:

  1. Open iPhone Settings and go to any third-party email app.
  2. Tap on Default Mail App.
  3. Select Mail from the menu.

9. Manually Fetch Emails

If Gmail has stopped working on your iPhone Mail app, try manually fetching new emails. Simply launch the Mail app, open your Gmail inbox, and swipe down from the top to refresh the inbox.

10. Update iOS

Apple regularly updates the Mail app with system builds. To ensure optimal performance, go to Settings, open the General menu, tap Software Update, and install the latest iOS update on your phone.

11. Try Mail Alternatives

If Gmail still isn’t working on the iPhone Mail app, consider using third-party email apps like Outlook or Spark Mail. Alternatively, Google also offers a native Gmail app for the iPhone. If you’re transitioning from an Android phone, the Gmail app will feel familiar.

By following these fixes, you can resolve most Gmail-related issues on the iPhone Mail app. However, if you continue to experience problems, it’s advisable to seek further assistance from Apple support or Gmail support.