Will someone please explain to me how push works?

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  1. someone28624 macrumors 6502a

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    I just recently got the iPhone 4. It's my first smart phone, so please bear with me.

    I was under the impression that push notifications worked like text message notifications. When I get a text message, it beeps and I get the notification on the screen. Same with voice mails. I have push turned on for things like Facebook and Mail too, but no beeping or notifications for this if the phone asleep, even if the app is still on in the background. It doesn't notice that there's new mail or messages until I go into the app and refresh. Is there a way to make it notify me all the time when I get new mail or messages on facebook, or any other app that I have push on for? Or is my understand of what push does totally wrong? All it seems to do right now is give me a number on the app icon once I already go into the app and see the notification, which seems pointless.
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Post a screenshot of your push settings and screenshots of the settings for the specific apps you don't think are working: it should work as you expect...
     
  3. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

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    For mail, push is basically broken if you're using gmail. Even when setup as an Exchange account, push refuses to work. Other than that, I think all my apps use it properly.
     
  4. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Ah, yeah, using Gmail. That stinks!

    Facebook seems to be the only one I notice not working besides Mail. I just had a friend message me on Facebook. The app is running in the multitasking area, phone sleeping- nothing. Isn't the app store also suppose to use push when you have app updates?
     

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  5. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

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    Complete nonsense.

    I and millions of others have it working fine.
     
  6. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

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    Sorry I meant to type "for ME"
     
  7. mattdo93 macrumors 6502

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    I never use Push for Gmail because it drains my battery quickly and I don't usually get alot anyways. As for Facebook Push, the app itself is still glitchy, so Push only works sometimes. I will post a screenshot later when I get a Push and show you.

    EDIT: Here's Facebook when it works.

    [​IMG]
     
  8. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Can anyone tell me how to get Gmail working with push?
     
  9. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The best way is to use another app. I suggest 'Boxcar.' (It's free.)

    Set G-Mail to manual IMAP that only checks for new mail when you open the mail program. Then get Boxcar and set it up with your G-Mail account.

    Then Boxcar will push you a notice when you get new mail. That's your sign to go open Mail. You can just put Boxcar on your last page, you never need to open it again.

    This is better because Boxcar has more options. Turn off the "new mail" sound in the phone's settings and let Boxcar make the sound...it has more choices. It also has 'quiet hours' where you can tell it when NOT to message you so you're not getting noises in the middle of the night.

    I also find that Boxcar sends pushes far faster than mail-push does on its own.
     
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  11. dccorona macrumors 68020

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    I've found push notifications to be very inconsistent, specifically with facebook (and occasionally beejive)

    I'm sure many of people have it all working fine, but I find that, facebook only sends notifications for some of the posts I get, not all, and same with beejive occasionally
     
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  13. drummingcraig macrumors 6502a

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    Same here for me. Sometimes it works and other times I open FB to post something and see that I have several new notifications. :rolleyes:
     
  14. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  15. Hydrocity macrumors 6502a

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    Mails do not get a pop-up notification like texts/calls missed.

    It only vibrates/sounds.

    You may be able to find an app which will use pop-ups if you would like to, or you can jailbreak.

    Hope this helps.
     
  16. someone28624 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks. Probably better with all the mail I get.
     
  17. ajarnfalang macrumors regular

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    Sure.

    You have to go into Settings, Mail, Add Account,

    Instead of choosing gmail, you have to choose Exchange

    Username, and Password,

    It will say it couldn't verify. Close that. Then it will give you an option to put the Server. Server = m.google.com

    Then it will ask you what you want to Sync. Mail, Contacts, Calendar.

    I have it just to Mail.

    Tell it to show you the first 25 mails or so.

    It will then sync with your account and push any new mail to your phone.

    You can turn off Fetch.

    It pushes as quickly as a Blackberry.

    Here are the step by step instructions from Google

    http://www.google.com/support/mobile/bin/answer.py?answer=138740&topic=14252

    Yahoo natively pushes. So, I will try to just forward my gmail to my Yahoo and try my phone just with Yahoo push to see if I get better battery life.
     

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