Apple Mail and Gmail broken today?

bizzwriter

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Wondering if anyone else is having problems today getting their Gmail to show up on their iMac/iPhone using Apple Mail. This morning both platforms went dead for me, so now I have to get my Gmail through the Gmail app on my iPhone and Chrome for my iMac.

Anyone?

Thanks!
 

bizzwriter

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Thanks guys -- everything reconnected late afternoon. Gmail folders are showing up on my iPhone, but they disappeared from my iMac. I'm sure it will all get sorted soon enough.
 

BrianBaughn

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A different possibility would be DNS issues. Are your DNS settings on Mac from your router and/or ISP? They would be automatically on the iPhone.

DNS servers seems to get partially functional sometimes and it usually resolves itself.

Alternately, you could manually set them for your Mac and also your iPhone (for when it's connected to your home network). I've been using Google's DNS Servers (IPv4) 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4.
 
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sprague.rod

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There are and have been ongoing issues with Gmail and Apple Mail over several years and OS's. In my experience it has always been a Mail issue. That's not to say Mail is faulty just that it seems to have problems coping with things that Gmail does. That's why it seems to right itself after a while but this doesn't seem to happen as frequently or at all with other providers.
This is why I gave up on Mail about 4 years ago, swapping to AirMail.
My wife only a few meters away on same device, same network, same macOS would have Gmail go offline for no apparent reason on Mail while my Gmail accounts almost never did on AirMail. The difference was pretty obvious.
 
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BrianBaughn

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There are and have been ongoing issues with Gmail and Apple Mail over several years and OS's. In my experience it has always been a Mail issue. That's not to say Mail is faulty just that it seems to have problems coping with things that Gmail does. That's why it seems to right itself after a while but this doesn't seem to happen as frequently or at all with other providers.
This is why I gave up on Mail about 4 years ago, swapping to AirMail.
My wife only a few meters away on same device, same network, same macOS would have Gmail go offline for no apparent reason on Mail while my Gmail accounts almost never did on AirMail. The difference was pretty obvious.
Is Airmail one of those apps that stores information about you on their servers…that is, they funnel your email from Gmail or whomever through their own servers to you?
 
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bizzwriter

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Thanks for the additional replies, guys -- everything disconnected again this morning -- was working ok through the night. My iPhone shows the error message on my Apple Mail: "Account Error: Gmail" Details: "Cannot Get Mail -- The mail server "imap.gmail.com" is not responding. Verify that you have entered the correct account info in Mail settings."

I have not changed my Mail settings at all through this so that should be good.

I suspect it will resolve itself again at some point today. Until then I'm just using the Gmail app on my iPhone and Gmail via the Chrome browser for my iMac (HATE the Gmail browser interface!).
 

Rodan52

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Is Airmail one of those apps that stores information about you on their servers…that is, they funnel your email from Gmail or whomever through their own servers to you?
No, AirMail is an Email Client, a free standing app which is only "live" via your connection to your email provider. It stores your email locally on your device in just the same way that Mail does and allows you to work on your email messages off line. This is distinct from examples like Thunderbird which requires an internet connection but allows you to login from other devices.
 

BrianBaughn

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No, AirMail is an Email Client, a free standing app which is only "live" via your connection to your email provider. It stores your email locally on your device in just the same way that Mail does and allows you to work on your email messages off line. This is distinct from examples like Thunderbird which requires an internet connection but allows you to login from other devices.
I looked it up myself and I'm not so sure about that.

 

frank4

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On my Mac Mini yesterday I deleted a lot of old mail (all in Apple Mail iCloud system) and no apparent problems. After a while I put the Mac (which has been very reliable) to sleep for night. Then this morning Mail quit unexpectedly a couple of times. This Mac was behaving slightly slow on other apps like Finder and Safari so I decided to quit those and reboot. After the reboot Mail quit again a couple of times. Now it seems OK and has been running 20 minutes. So ... problem source not known but seems to have gone away.
 

sprague.rod

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I looked it up myself and I'm not so sure about that.

This is a standard EULA and applies to the Apple Mail app in exactly the same way.
If you are online you are sending and receiving data. In the case of an email client this does not mean someone is reading your email but it does mean your data is monitored. If this was not the case pressing the “Send” button would not do anything.
You cannot be online and have complete privacy because much of what you transmit and receive is for functionality.
Here is a good example; if you use Ghostery, a browser extension which blocks trackers, and set it to “block all” you will find some web site functions stop working, one is the “like” button on Facebook.