The iPhone’s native mail app is a nice way to get your Gmail messages without downloading the Gmail app itself. There’s just one problem: Notifications often don’t come in real time. Users either have to manually look for new messages or set their accounts to fetch mail, but then the shortest frequency is still every 15 minutes.
That peculiarity has been forcing fans of Mail to use the dedicated Gmail app for a while now. And people have been annoyed and trying to life hack their way around the problem for years.
While Apple decided to make all of our other dreams come true with various announcements at WWDC, it also took care of this annoying Gmail bug. The iOS 11 update will supposedly come with a fix, and the lucky ones with early access to the beta are so far pretty happy with it.
Supposedly, Mail in iOS 11 gives notifications just as fast as the official Gmail app. If you have the beta, the trick to the new update is selecting the “Automatically” fetch schedule option on you iPhone. According to 9to5Mac, here’s how to solve your problems:
Using your Google/Gmail account with Mail on iOS 11:
Go to Settings → Accounts & Passwords
Select Add Account
Input your credentials
Return to Accounts & Passwords
Select Fetch New Data
Select the Automatically schedule under Fetch
The only downfall appears to be the fact that your iPhone’s Mail app will only automatically fetch your mail only when on power and Wi-Fi. Still, it’s a huge step up from our ancient, lagging iOS 10 mail.