Following up on my previous review of the iPhone 6+, I have noticed one additional thing that seems to be bothering people… But there is a way around it.

If you use Gmail, and you have an iPhone, and you like getting notifications when you get email, you might discover something very irritating when you upgrade your phone: you can’t get Gmail notifications through the phone’s built-in mail app anymore.

The reason for this is that Google, in their infinite wisdom, have killed off Push support for Exchange email. If you have an older device with it already set up, it should still work, but if you get a new device, you’re out of luck.

The advice is to install the Gmail app, but while that will let you get your Push notifications, it doesn’t tie-in with the phone’s centralised system for sharing activities. If you take a photo, you can’t just hit the share icon and mail it to someone via the GMail app, which is a bit of a pain.

The solution? You have to do both. It’s not the tidiest work around, but if you install and set up the Gmail app for your account, you’ll get your push notifications as they happen. If you also set up the same account under the Mail procedure in the Apple settings menu (as a Gmail account, with both Push and Fetch New Data disabled), you’ll be able send emails the way you always have.


Pretty handy, huh? Now you don’t have to choose between notifications and sending email attachments easily, which sure as hell made my life a lot easier.

Do you have any tech tips you’d like to share? Is there a faster way of doing this I’m overlooking? Do you have any questions or comments? Drop me a line and let me know!


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