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msvadi

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I don't think background refresh works very reliably. Half the time (if not more often) I have to open the app and refresh manually for it to show new emails.
 

ah123

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I presume you set it up for background refresh in Settings? Or is it turned on by default?
 
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msvadi

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Yes, background refresh is set up for Gmail through settings.
 
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Armen

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I don't think background refresh works very reliably. Half the time (if not more often) I have to open the app and refresh manually for it to show new emails.

Background Refresh will not work if the app it is supposed to refresh is not in the task switcher list.
 
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iphnhelp

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I have gmail in the task switcher. When I get a new message and switch to gmail it still takes forever to load. I think this app doesn't support background refresh. But it REALLY needs to.
 
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Armen

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I have gmail in the task switcher. When I get a new message and switch to gmail it still takes forever to load. I think this app doesn't support background refresh. But it REALLY needs to.

I just forwarded my Gmail to Outlook.com and pick up mail through the native app that supports Push for outlook.com accounts.
 
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msvadi

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Do you have the app open? As in does it have a card in the multitasking view.

You mean the screen with app previews that you see when you double tap the home button? Yes, it's there.

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Background Refresh will not work if the app it is supposed to refresh is not in the task switcher list.

Task switcher, is that the same thing as multitasking view referred to above? In other words, the list of runnings ups that you get by double tapping the home button? Gmail is in it.

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I have gmail in the task switcher. When I get a new message and switch to gmail it still takes forever to load. I think this app doesn't support background refresh. But it REALLY needs to.

Ok, may be that's the thing: it takes really long to load new emails? And instead of waiting, I just refresh it's manually.

Gmail just does not communicate very well with iOS or OSX. I'm also having a whole load of issues with Gmail and Mail app in Mavericks. I'm seriously considering abandoning Gmail altogether and going back to my company's email.
 
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Armen

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You mean the screen with app previews that you see when you double tap the home button? Yes, it's there.

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Task switcher, is that the same thing as multitasking view referred to above? In other words, the list of runnings ups that you get by double tapping the home button? Gmail is in it.

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Ok, may be that's the thing: it takes really long to load new emails? And instead of waiting, I just refresh it's manually.

Gmail just does not communicate very well with iOS or OSX. I'm also having a whole load of issues with Gmail and Mail app in Mavericks. I'm seriously considering abandoning Gmail altogether and going back to my company's email.

Just forward your Gmail to iCloud or Outlook.com e-mail accounts (both support push)
 
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C DM

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Just forward your Gmail to iCloud or Outlook.com e-mail accounts (both support push)
Some have mentioned that for one reason or another, at least for them, not all emails get forwarded that way. That's probably not the case for everyone, but if some are affected by something like that, it might not be a good option unfortunately. I guess the best thing is to try and see (keeping all that in mind).
 
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msvadi

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Just forward your Gmail to iCloud or Outlook.com e-mail accounts (both support push)

A have an Exchange email account through my work. Currently, I forward everything to Gmail. I started doing that several years ago before my work email switched to Exchange. I liked the way Gmail was organized (by conversations), the search function, spam control. But other services have caught up with Gmail. I have a suspicion that now a combination of an Exchange account with Mail apps in iOS and OSX will provide a much better experience than Gmail. Gmail just does not work very well with Apple products.
 
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Armen

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A have an Exchange email account through my work. Currently, I forward everything to Gmail. I started doing that several years ago before my work email switched to Exchange. I liked the way Gmail was organized (by conversations), the search function, spam control. But other services have caught up with Gmail. I have a suspicion that now a combination of an Exchange account with Mail apps in iOS and OSX will provide a much better experience than Gmail. Gmail just does not work very well with Apple products.

I hear ya. I'm a huge fan of the mail app changes in iOS 7. Specifically the ability to add whichever folder you want to the mail summary screen. I use this the most because of work. I have many folders in exchange.
 
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C DM

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I hear ya. I'm a huge fan of the mail app changes in iOS 7. Specifically the ability to add whichever folder you want to the mail summary screen. I use this the most because of work. I have many folders in exchange.
There is a downside though for some as far as Apple getting rid of the option of how many messages to display.
 
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Armen

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There is a downside though for some as far as Apple getting rid of the option of how many messages to display.

1 month is plenty for me as a mobile mail solution. Anything older I can wait until I'm at my desktop
 
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