By now, quite a lot of Gmail users use the official Gmail app for iPhone/iPad instead of configuring stuff on the default Apple Mail app. In a way, the Gmail app is much simpler to use, easier to setup and also, a little easier to configure.
Although criticized sharply for a lot of feature-lacking initially, Gmail for iOS has grown up to be a robust interface to manage your email. Surely, there are things like “creating new labels” that are still missing but how often do you find yourself creating a label, really?
Here are some tips that will help you use the Gmail app for iPhone/iPad like a pro:
#1: Configuring Multiple Accounts: Gmail app for iOS lets you sign-up with multiple Google accounts into the app so you can manage all mail from one place. Since you’re using Google’s own app, there’s no dealing with server addresses, POP3/IMAP or anything of that sort. You have just login to your account.
To setup more accounts:
- In the app, swipe left the inbox view to reveal the mail options.
- Tap on the account (with the down arrow)
- Now tap on “Add Account”
- Login with your account credentials
- The account will get added to the existing accounts in your Gmail app automatically.
To set a mobile-only signature:
- Swipe left on the inbox view to reveal the sidebar options
- Tap on the cog icon to get to the settings for the particular account you are in
- Scroll down and enable “Mobile Signature”
- You can edit the signature here. Pity we can’t do HTML signatures.
- Tap on “Done” on top
#3: Set up Vacation Responder in Gmail app: Right below the Mobile Signature option is your Vacation Responder. I have no clue as to how Google decided to pick this particular feature amidst a thousand others available on the web app, but it’s great anyway.
- Just enable the switch on Vacation Responder
- Set the date and the message to be sent during this time period
- Tap on “Done” on top
#4: Make Links Open In-app (Not on Chrome): With new updates, when you tap on a link within an email, Gmail automatically opens the Chrome app (if installed). Similarly, a YouTube video opens in the YouTube app, a Google+ profile in the Google+ app and a Map co-ordinate (or Location) in the Maps app.
If you don’t prefer this behavior, you can disable it. For instance, I prefer the links open in-app instead of opening a new app. Saves time and processor memory. So how do you get that done?
- Tap on the cog icon
- Scroll to the bottom and tap on Google Apps
- Disable the switch for whatever apps you don’t want to open
- Tap on “Done”
#5: Label Your Mails: While you can’t create new labels or manage existing ones, you can surely add labels to emails that you want to tag with a particular label. Here’s how to do that:
- Select the email you want to tag/label
- Tap on the small down-arrow on top-right of the screen
- Tap on “Label…” and choose one
#6: Draw a Doodle In Gmail: Did you know that you can draw doodles and send them attached to your email – all within the Gmail app? Well, if you would prefer sending little doodles instead of typed messages (Doodles are great to explain a few things, you know), here’s how to do that:
- Tap on the new mail icon on top-right (to compose a new email)
- Tap on the attachment icon on the right of subject field
- You get options: Draw scribble or attach a photo
- Tap on Draw Scribble and doodle your way out
- Tap on “Done” and the doodle will be attached to your new mail.