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Gmail for iOS Update Adds Background Refresh, Simplified Sign-In Process

by Brandon Russell | March 5, 2014March 5, 2014 1:00 pm PST


Google on Wednesday rolled out a small but notable update to its Gmail app for iOS, introducing full background refresh support. What that means is your email will now be fetched even when the app isn’t open, so all your messages will be waiting for you the next time you fire Gmail up. There are a few requirements, however, though most iPhone owners should meet them no problem: you must be updated to iOS 7, and at least one type of notification must be turned on, whether it be badge, alert or banner.

In addition to background refresh support, Gmail for iOS also received a more simplified sign-in solution, allowing you to sign into one Google service (Maps, Gmail, Drive, Chrome, etc.), and you’ll be signed into the rest automatically. Google said this also works for signing out, too, so you don’t have to go to each app individually and go through the sign-in or sign-out process. (Note that you might need to sign-in to Gmail after you download the latest update).

The update is available now through the iOS App Store, so jump into the update section on your phone now to grab it.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...