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20+ Tips to use Gmail app on iPhone and iPad in 2024

Today, Gmail is the most popular email service in the world. With its seamless integration with other Google products, such as Google Drive and Google Calendar, it offers a seamless platform for personal and business use on the iPhone.

Compared to the desktop and web versions of Gmail, the app is much more limited. However, you can still perform many essential tasks with it. Here are some tips to use Gmail app on your iPhone and iPad like a pro!

  1. Swipe down to change accounts
  2. Change your status on Gmail
  3. Use Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad
  4. Switch conversation view
  5. Access multiple emails
  6. Set up Vacation Responder
  7. Customize Swipe in Inbox
  8. Remember to respond and follow up with Nudges
  9. Print Gmail messages
  10. Schedule email
  11. Snooze an email
  12. Use emails and messages confidentially
  13. Turn images on or off
  14. Mute emails
  15. Block or Report Spam
  16. Turn off smart reply
  17. Search like a pro
  18. Set up a Mobile Signature
  19. Work with bulk emails
  20. Get only High Priority Email Notifications
  21. Instantly send emails via Quick Actions on the Home Screen
  22. Remove the unread email count

1. Swipe down to change accounts

The Gmail app on the iPhone has this nifty little shortcut that lets you easily switch from one email account to another.

Just swipe down on your profile picture to switch to another account.

2. Change your status on Gmail

Your Google Chat availability status lets people know if you’re available to chat. But first, you need to enable Google Chat within your Gmail app on iPhone. To do that, open Gmail app → Menu (hamburger) → SettingsGoogle Chat → Toggle on Goggle Chat.

Further, you can adjust your availability status for Chat. Note that only the people you share space with or who have accepted a chat invite can view your status. To do this:

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. At the top left, tap Menu.
  3. Tap the downward arrow next to the status indicator.
    You’ll see Away by default.
  4. Choose one from the following:
    • Automatic: This is based on your activity on the app
    • Do not disturb: Select this to mute Google chat notifications
    • Away: This means that you’re either in a “Set as away” status or that you’re not connected to the internet

      Adjust your availability status for Chat

If you can’t see this option, Google Chat may be disabled. To enable it:

  1. Open Gmail app → Settings.
  2. Tap Chat and toggle it on.

    Toggle on Chats from Settings

3. Use Dark Mode on iPhone or iPad

The Gmail App supports native iOS dark mode as well as has its dark theme settings. When you enable dark mode on your iPhone, the Gmail app also reflects it. But you can also play with the dark theme setting inside the app.

On your device, go to Settings → Display & Brightness → select Dark.

Open Settings, select Display & Brightness, choose Dark Mode

4. Switch conversation view

To reduce clutter in your mail, you can group emails into conversations instead of letting each email appear separately in your inbox.

When enabled, group responses are clustered together in a single conversation with the newest email at the bottom. To enable this:

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Tap Menu → Settings.
  3. Under Inbox, select Inbox customizations.

    Go to Inbox Customizations
  4. Toggle on Conversation view.

    Toggle on Conversation View

5. Set up Vacation Responder

If you are going to be away for some time, like going somewhere without internet access or a much-needed vacay, you can set up a vacation responder that automatically notifies people when they send you a message.

In response, they’ll get a message containing whatever you’ve written. To set this up:

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Tap Menu → Settings.
  3. Tap Out of Office AutoReply under Compose and Reply.
  4. Turn on Out of Office AutoReply.

    Set up Vacation Responder
  5. Enter the first and last day of your vacation. Add a subject and a message.
  6. Tap Save at the top-right of the screen.

6. Customize Swipe in Inbox

Ever accidentally swiped on an email, sending it to the archive? That’s the Mail Swipe feature. By default, both the left and right swipes are set to archive emails.

You can customize this by doing the following:

  1. Open the Gmail app. Select Menu → Settings.
  2. Tap Inbox customizations → Email swipe actions.
  3. Tap Right swipe → Select from ArchiveTrashMark as read/unreadSnooze, or Move.
    Do the same for the Left swipe action.

    Customize Swipe in Inbox

7. Remember to respond and follow up with Nudges

Nudges are reply reminders that inform you to follow up on messages after a specified time has passed without a response. This includes:

  • Emails you’ve sent that received no reply
  • Emails you received and haven’t responded to

When enabled, these emails will appear at the top of your inbox, so you’ll be reminded of them.

  1. Go to Menu → Settings → Inbox customizations.
  2. Select Nudges → Toggle one or both Suggest emails to reply to and Suggest emails to follow up on.

    Remember to respond and follow up with Nudges

You can print individual messages or all the messages contained in a conversation via your Gmail app as long as your device is connected to a printer via AirPrint. To print a single email:

  1. Open Gmail → open the email you want to print.
  2. In the top right of the single email you wish to print, tap More (…) → Print.

    Print Gmail messages

If you want to print the whole conversation along with all the replies, open the thread, tap More at the top right, and select Print all.

9. Schedule email

If you need to send emails at a specific time, such as when a colleague resides in a different time zone, Gmail’s scheduling feature can be an invaluable tool.

This feature lets you set your emails to be sent at a later, designated time. It’s important to note that Gmail will follow the time zone you’ve scheduled them, ensuring timely delivery that aligns with your recipient’s local time.

  1. Open Gmail on your iPhone or iPad.
  2. Tap Compose and create your email.

    Schedule Email
  3. Tap More on the right → select Schedule send. Select from the available options.
    • If you want to make changes to your scheduled email, tap Menu → Scheduled.

      Cancel Scheduled Draft Email
    • Select the email you wish to change → select Cancel send. This moves the email from Scheduled to Drafts. Make your changes and schedule it again.

10. Snooze an email

If you don’t want to see an email until a particular time, you can snooze them. Doing so removes the email from the top of your inbox and only appears when you want it to. To do this, open the email → tap More → select Snooze. Choose a specific time and date.

To view all your snoozed emails, open the app → tap Menu → Snoozed.

Snooze Email

11. Use emails and messages confidentially

If you plan to send sensitive information, you can use Gmail’s Confidential Mode to protect the email from unauthorized access. The feature lets you add an expiration date to the message or revoke access to the email at any time. Recipients of this type of email won’t be able to forward, copy, print, or download confidential messages.

Note: Recipients can still take photos or screenshots of confidential messages. They may also use apps or programs to copy or download messages or attachments from your confidential message. 

To send a message or attachment confidentially:

  1. Compose a message → tap More (…) → Confidential mode.
  2. Set an expiration date for the message from 1 day to 5 years.

    Use emails and messages confidentially
  3. Set either Standard or SMS passcode.
    • Google will generate passcodes for other Gmail users, while non-Gmail recipients will get emailed their passcode.
    • If you choose the SMS passcode, recipients will receive their passcode via text message.
  4. Tap Done (check mark) at the top-right of the screen.

12. Turn images on or off

By default, when you receive an email with an image, you’ll see the image automatically. You might not want them to load in Gmail, especially if you want to save mobile data or have a poor internet connection. To make Gmail ask before showing you images:

  1. Open Gmail → Menu → Settings.
  2. Under Inbox, select Email Preferences.
  3. Select Images → Select Ask before displaying external images.
    • Once enabled, you must tap Display images to see the photos in emails.

      Turn images on or off

13. Mute emails

If your workplace or group relies on email threads for collaboration, it can sometimes lead to a never-ending back and forth that could lead to excessive noise and clutter in your inbox. Fortunately, Gmail lets you mute these annoying threads.

Just go to the email, tap More → Mute. New emails from the thread will automatically go straight to your Archives. 

14. Block or Report Spam

Nobody’s exempt from receiving spam every now and then.

  1. To block and report the message as spam, open the email and tap More.
  2. Select Report spam.
  3. Choose Report spam or Report spam and unsubscribe to stop receiving emails from the sender going forward.

    Block or Report Spam

15. Turn off smart reply

Gmail’s Smart reply feature is a time-saving, AI-based tool that lets you select from several suggested responses to respond immediately to emails.

While handy, these may end up being a nuisance if you’re the type who wants to send personalized emails.

The Gmail app has a robust search function that lets you quickly find what you’re looking for. You can tap Search and choose specific emails, labels, attachment types, dates, and more. You can also use search operators to help specify your search further. Here are some of them:

  • from: specifies the sender
  • to: specifies the recipient
  • cc: or bcc: specifies the recipient who received a copy
  • subject: specifies a word used in the subject line
  • OR or { }: specifies messages that match multiple terms
  • “-“: removes emails containing emails with certain words from the search results
  • Label: messages that have a certain label
  • has:attachment: message has an attachment
  • has:drivehas:documenthas:presentationhas:spreadsheet: includes items with specific types of attachments

17. Set up a Mobile Signature

You can set up an email signature to be automatically added to every email you send from your email app.

  1. Go to Menu → Settings → Signature settings.
  2. Toggle Mobile Signature on and type your signature → Done.

    Set up a Mobile Signature

18. Work with bulk emails

You can select multiple emails in the Gmail app to do bulk actions.

  1. Just select and long-press on an email to select it.
  2. Tap on other emails to select them.
  3. Then select an action you want to apply to all of them, such as MuteSnooze, and Report spam.

    Work with bulk emails

19. Get only High Priority Email Notifications

If you use your email to sign up for various services, you may be inundated with many updates and promotions. If you’re tired of getting alerted with every single email, you can make Gmail alert you only of those it deems crucial.

  1. Open Gmail → Go to Settings.
  2. Under Notifications, select Email notifications → select High priority only.

    Get only High Priority Email Notifications

20. Instantly send emails via Quick Actions on the Home Screen

You can touch and hold apps to show quick action menus on your iPhone or iPad Home Screen or in the App Library.

This lets you quickly select an account and compose an email from that account.

21. Remove the unread email count

If you’re like me, seeing the red notification badge of unread emails can be anxiety-provoking. If this bothers you, you can turn off the red notification badge on your app icons

While this can alleviate the stress associated with an ever-increasing unread count, the trade-off is the lack of immediate visual reminders for notifications that may require your attention. It’s a solution that offers peace of mind, but it’s worth weighing the potential downside of missing timely alerts.

Wrapping up…

If checking and sending emails is crucial in your workflow, mastering the Gmail app on your iPhone or iPad will significantly benefit you. Have we overlooked anything? If you have additional tips, feel free to share them below!

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  • Rachel

    Rachel, an experienced Apple technology writer since 2021 and a long-time user since 2003, began her journey with a silver iPod Classic. Currently, she owns an array of modern Apple gadgets. At iGeeksBlog, her expertise shines through in the crafting of comprehensive how-to articles, informative guides, and well-curated roundups.

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