Google Adds Background Refresh to Gmail for iOS

By on Mar 6, 2014 in Mobility Strategy | 0 comments

Gmail just got a lot faster for iOS users.

Google rolled out an update to Gmail’s iOS app Wednesday that added background refresh and a simpler sign-in process.

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With the update, Gmail now loads messages in the background so users can view new emails the second they get a push notification. Previously, users would have to wait for new messages load after launching the app.

“The app now fully supports background app refresh, which means your Gmail messages will be pre-fetched and synced so they’re right there when you open the app,” Google said in a blog post announcing the update.

iOS 7 users can get the latest changes by updating the Gmail app and enabling background app refresh in their iPhone’s settings and allowing push notifications from Gmail.

The update also streamlined Google’s sign-in process. Users no longer have to sign in multiple times across different Google apps. Now, users who are signed into one Google app— whether it’s Gmail, Maps, Drive, Youtube or Chrome— don’t need to re-enter their password to sign in to other Google apps.

This is especially convenient for users who have two-step verification enabled, as they won’t have to wait for a verification code each time they log into a different app.

The updated Gmail app is available in the App Store and is available to anyone running iOS 7.

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