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Solved: Gmail is not receiving or sending emails on iOS 15?

Many reports have emerged Gmail account is not able to receive or send emails from the iOS device. Google has worked around the edges to maintain Gmail’s iOS app stability and maximize performance. The Californian-based search giant has introduced numerous ways to prevent unauthorized access, and they added sufficient functions to disable the features. We will investigate possible scenarios on why Gmail is not able to send or receive emails on the iOS 15 device.

Reboot your iOS 15 Device

How long was your iPhone and iPad didn’t experience the turn-off sequence?

iOS system suffers, and we don’t know about it until such problems arise daily.

Sleep/Wake or Side button is not working? Let me show you a way to turn off and turn on an iPhone or iPad without physical buttons.

Reactivate Gmail in iOS 15

You may have disabled the Google Mail services in the iOS device, which is leading to the problem. Yes, you won’t receive any unread emails notifications, reactivate the service in the dedicated app.

  • Tap the Gmail > Sign in.
  • Tap the button next to the email address.
  • Now, the dedicated app will notify new threads in the notification area.

Enable Background Refresh in Gmail

The iOS system has an advanced feature to refresh the installed apps for new updates. You won’t receive any unread emails from the search engine giant if the Background App Refresh is disabled.

  • Tap the “Settings” app.
  • Find and tap the “Gmail” app.
  • Tap “Background App Refresh” to enable it.
  • Close the Settings app and follow the same tutorial from the top to double-check its status.

From now on, your iPhone or iPad has allowed the services to check for newer email updates. Never disable the Background App Refresh feature until or unless it is not necessary.

Enable Notifications in iOS 15 Device

I turned off the Gmail or Apple Mail notifications due to persistent incoming updates. Denying access to the notification bar will end up missing out on important messages and emails coming from clients or services.

  • Tap the Settings > Gmail > Notifications.
  • Tap “Allow Notifications” to enable it.
  • Now, you got tons of options on the screen.

I left the settings to default and don’t mess around with the advanced options. Of course, you can customize how you want to see the unread threads in the notification bar and Lock Screen.

Offload Gmail App

Several users didn’t upgrade to iOS 15 due to instability and battery drain problems. In case, if you were one of those, who upgraded the software to the latest 15th edition, then offload the Gmail app and reinstall it.

  • Tap the Settings > General > iPhone Storage > Storage.
  • Choose “Gmail” from the list.
  • Tap the Offload App > Offload App to confirm the action.
  • Tap the “Reinstall App” button.
  • Wait for a few moments, and App Store will install the package in the background.
  • Load Gmail and it will fix the synchronizing problems.

Apple Mail app doesn’t have similar options, but you can remove the account from the device, and add it again.

Remove Google Account

Apple Mail can remove the account from the iOS system and then add it again. Any clutter or incorrect configuration that is causing problem wipes during the account removal.

  • Click the Settings > Mail > Accounts > Gmail.
  • Tap “Delete Account” located at the bottom.
  • Confirm the action by tapping “Delete from My iPhone”.
  • Let the Mail app delete the account from the iOS device.
  • The account is removed from your iPhone or iPad.
  • Open the Mail app and set up Google mail again.

Wasn’t that easy? This method will break the old bridge and create a new one to synchronize with the servers.

Complete Two-Factor Authentication

Your Gmail account is not fully functional without completing Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). Google has opted-in 2FA automatically in recent times. If you have an active Google account on an Android device, and then it will ask you to complete 2FA.

  • Open the Mail or Gmail app.
  • Choose Google.
  • Enter credentials and log in.
  • Now, pick up your Android device and wait for a few moments.
  • Tap “Yes, it was me” to confirm the login request.
  • Tap “Done” to confirm the account status.

The images were for representational purposes only, but that’s how you have to grant permission and confirm it was you indeed. 2FA is enabled on the Google account, and it will ask you to confirm the request process, so pick up your Android device.

Grant Gmail Permission via Browser

Google took extreme measures to prevent account hijack and unauthorized access. You can confirm the login request from a desktop browser as well, but make sure to keep the registered mobile number nearby.

  • Go to My Account and click on “Sign in”.
  • Enter credentials and click “Next”.
  • Click on “Security” and then select “iOS wants account access” on the top list.
  • Click “Yes, it was me”.
  • Go back and try to login into the Gmail app again.

Your iOS device should be able to send and receive emails from Gmail.

Turn off Low Power Mode

iOS system has an advanced feature called “Low Power Mode” to maximize the battery life, in exchange for disabling several background processes.

  • Tap the “Settings” app.
  • Find and tap “Battery” to reveal more options.
  • Tap “Low Power Mode” to disable it.

Carry an aftermarket power bank, if you always end up with a 20% charge on the iPhone or iPad. You don’t need MagSafe to keep the iOS device charged to maximum capacity. Remember, 90% is considered a healthy percentage in the Li-Ion battery technology.

What’s next?

Something is wrong with your Google email account, which is causing multiple problems with services. Login into the account from a desktop-class browser and find out what Google automated security protocols have to say about it. Do not worry as long as you got the recovery options, and registered mobile number nearby because that’s what you need to resume the services again. Let us know which solution resolved the Gmail unable to send or receive emails from iOS devices.

Rajesh Patil
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