New Gmail App killing battery

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by thinkadam, Nov 18, 2011.

  1. thinkadam macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Anyone install the new gmail official app?
    My battery was ok with 5.0.1 but since adding gmail its been draining faster.
    Just removed it and will see if it makes a difference.
    Can anyone comment on this?
  2. crovian macrumors regular

    Nov 17, 2010
    it's weird that you mention it because I recently noticed a battery drop and the unusual part is that i haven't had a battery problem on iOS5 or iOS5.0.1 which I had since the day it came out.

    but couple days ago, i noticed my battery drops unusually fast and i did have the gmail app.

    i deleted it now and will see if it improves.
  3. jpcarro macrumors 6502


    Mar 13, 2009
    On your nine
    I'm running gmail app...with tri-tone notification alert turned off. And I turned off gmail exchange under Apple mail. Been watching battery closely and all is good.
  4. thinkadam thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 12, 2011
    Wirelessly posted (Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 5_0_1 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/534.46 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.1 Mobile/9A405 Safari/7534.48.3)

    I closed but didn't delete. So far it's better. Something going on there.
    Prob not worth keeping
  5. abbstrack macrumors regular

    Nov 21, 2008
    thanks for the heads up. it's backgrounding on my phone, and i went to bed last night at 40% (around 11pm) and woke up at 4am to 3% battery power. will completely close it and watch. i've noticed severe battery issues this week however after 5.01, which i think are unrelated to the gmail app, so i don't know where to turn.
  6. JRoDDz macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2009
    I tried it out and actually prefer the iPhones' native mail app.
  7. BTDT macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2011
    See problem on iPhone 4 but not iPad 1

    I definitely experienced severe battery drain with the Gmail app on my iPhone 4. I went to bed with around 90% battery and woke up with around 50%. The only change to my phone to account for this was loading the Gmail app.

    The odd thing is that I have the same app on my iPad 1, and am not seeing a large amount of drain there. I am wondering if the larger amount of RAM on the iPhone 4 is allowing the app to stay resident longer, while on the iPad it almost always does a full restart whenever I launch it.

    At this point I have deleted the app from my iPhone but kept it on the iPad. I like having access to full conversation views and my labels, but it isn't worth the extreme battery drain. The app is definitely doing something inappropriate while it sits in the background -- which would show up if I took the time to delve into it better with the various resource and performance apps that are out there.

    The odd thing is that this problem is not widely reported. I also get absolutely no response from any of the Google folks on my Google+ posts on this subject. Hmm.
  8. TLewis macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2007
    left coast, US
    Google Sync is an alternative

    OK, the gmail app is largely a wrapper around the gmail web interface, and so, if battery life is an issue, I'd suggest using the web interface along with google sync for push. For instructions on how to set up google sync, see here (this is for the iPhone, but the iPad and iPod touch instructions are basically the same):However, the above instructions are missing the google calendar setup, and so go here after following the above instructions:

    Edit: note: one unfortunate quirk of google sync is that "delete" does NOT mean "delete" in iOS mail. "Delete" means "archive" if you use iOS mail. If you want true delete, you have to delete from the gmail web interface.
  9. moogs macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2006
  10. doboy macrumors 68020

    Jul 6, 2007
    Here is a conspiracy theory:

    Maybe Google released the app to drain battery so people will complain more about the battery life. :D
  11. ViperDesign macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    Zero issues.
  12. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    You sound surprised. It's definitely better to use the Mail app.
  13. kas23 macrumors 603


    Oct 28, 2007
    Sad thing is they don't have to.

    And to anyone experiencing unusual battery drain overnight, go to bed with any untested app in the multitask bar is asking for trouble. A strange sign of the times indeed.
  14. BrunoWill macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2011
    I just find nothing special to me before I install Gmail and then uninstall it.
  15. nivekr11 macrumors regular

    Aug 1, 2010
    me too
  16. bmcgrath macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    Any notice the Google mail app is a bit pants?
  17. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    They should have included multiple accounts from the start.
  18. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    Same here. Once or if Google fixes the notifications of the app and allows us to change the alert tone and set our own alert style, the app will sit idle on my iPhone. Because of that, I still prefer the native

    As far as the battery issue goes, mine is functioning just fine. Despite what I just wrote above, on occassion I will open the app and view my mail there; but not too often though.
  19. Pedro Julio macrumors member

    Oct 24, 2011
    Sometimes NC, Sometimes PA
    Yeah, the GMail app is so half-assed it makes me wonder if it is some kind of joke. I mean, it's just flat out terrible.
  20. rodrigomarrafao macrumors member

    Aug 15, 2009
    Yes this gmail app is light years behind mail app. Google have a lot of work to do before they render this app usable.
  21. Bluethree macrumors regular


    Jan 1, 2010
    Have to agree and since 5.0.1 I have had real battery issues on my 4S and am looking around to mitigate this. Installed the Gmail app around the same time and my battery is being slaughtered for some reason or another. Process of elimination I suppose. I will kill off the Gmail app to see how it goes and although the app is very limited I like the 'push' although two mail apps and notifications is a pain in the a**e !
  22. hitekalex macrumors 68000


    Feb 4, 2008
    Chicago, USA
    There has been absolutely no difference in battery life with or without Gmal app on my iPhone or iPad.

    You guys are just looking for a bogey man. It's impossible for a 3rd party app like Gmail to "drain battery" while it's idled in the background. The only thing that's active about Gmail while in the background in Push process. Gmail depends on the same Push process as any other 3rd party app.

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