iPhone Apple Mail & Battery / Better Choice?

Discussion in 'iOS 9' started by shearm, Nov 2, 2015.

  1. shearm macrumors member


    Sep 27, 2007
    Hey all,

    I sometimes get 1,000 emails a day, and so the Mail app is usually the biggest consumer of my iPhone 6S's battery. My company uses a branded-Google Apps backend, so I've tried the stock Apple Mail app (set up through exchange), Outlook, and the Gmail App. All seem to use a lot of my battery up.

    Does anyone have any suggestions for preserving battery while also maintaining instant notifications and, preferably, background refresh so that i don't have to download a bunch of emails when i open the app?

  2. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    Instant notifications and background refresh will eat up battery more or less regardless of the app that would be used. That said, there are different options for mail apps that exist beyond the ones you mentioned, like Inbox (from Google), Spark, CloudMagic, Mailbox, and Boxer, among various others. Not sure they will do a better job (especially as far as the battery goes), but could be worth at try.
  3. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    You get a lot of email. I can only suggest turning off vibrate on the messages and if you need sound leave just the sound on.
  4. GreyOS, Nov 2, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 2, 2015

    GreyOS macrumors 68040


    Apr 12, 2012
    Do you have multiple accounts or just one? This may affect what will be the optimal solution.

    You may need to question how many of those 1000 emails you really need to be notified about immediately. If you can classify some people as VIP and some threads as important then you can set up different notification styles for those. Make less important emails not appear on the lockscreen so the screen doesn't turn on, perhaps disable sounds too. They will still be pushed silently to your phone.

    Also see if you can have some very unimportant emails moved to other folders at the server level. Then, if using Mail, make sure these folders aren't pushed in Mail settings. That way there'll be less traffic too. However emails moved to those folders will only download when you open that folder in Mail, so again, it's only suitable of you can identify unimportant emails with a rule on the server.

    Oh and unsubscribe to any spam newsletters you've been ignoring :D

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