Despite the perennial rivalry between Android and iOS, even iPhone users have to admit that Gmail is a powerful email client. While iPhones and other Apple products do not come with the Gmail app already installed, it’s very easy to setup and open Gmail on your iPhone. In fact, there are two ways to do it, and in this tutorial we’ll show you both of them.
First, you can see how to install and use the official Gmail app on your iPhone. Then, we’ll walk you through the process of integrating your Gmail with the Mail app that comes on your iPhone.
Use Gmail on iPhone with the official app
This is the easiest way to set up and use Gmail on your iPhone. It also gives you complete access to all the functions that Google has given its email platform. However, if you have multiple email accounts from different providers, you may also want to use the second method in this tutorial.
But first, let’s get you set up with the Gmail app.
This really couldn’t be easier: just go to Search on your iPhone, and type in “Gmail”. This will pull up the app in the iTunes App Store so that you can download it.
Then, it’s just a matter of entering your email address and password to log in for the first time if you already have an account. If you don’t, you can create a new one easily inside the application.
Once you have signed into the Gmail app, you won’t need to enter your login information anymore. It will remember you from your last sign-in.
And that’s that—you can get full Gmail functionality on your iPhone directly through that app.
Now, if you want a more integrated approach to your different email accounts, go ahead and follow the steps in the next section to add your Gmail account to the Mail app on your iPhone.
Integrate Gmail with the iPhone Mail app
If you’ve got multiple email accounts and want to be able to manage them all in one place, you can do that by adding them all to the iPhone’s native Mail app.
Make sure you already have created a Gmail account before doing these steps. The point of this process is to integrate an existing email address with your iPhone Mail app, not to create a new one. (You do have the option to create an account this way, but it’s easier if you already have it).
Once you have completed the steps in this section, when you open the Mail app, you will see a list of all your integrated email accounts, including your Gmail account. It will look something like this:
To get started, find the Settings icon on your iPhone, and tap to open.
In the Settings menu, scroll down until you find the option for Passwords & Accounts, and tap to open.
This will open a page where you can select the type of account you want to add to the Mailboxes in your iOS Mail app. Obviously, in this case, you want to select the Gmail icon.
On the next page, you’ll be able to enter your Gmail email address and start signing into your account. (This is also where you can opt to create a new Gmail account if you don’t have one already, by tapping on “Create account”). Type in your email and click “Next”. You’ll enter your password and provide any necessary additional verification on the next page.
Now, your Gmail account should be easily accessible from the Mail app on your iPhone. If you don’t see an icon for it already, you can always use the Search function to easily find it.
What’s the best way to use Gmail on iPhone?
If you’ve done all of the steps in both sections, you can now use both the Gmail app and the Gmail inbox in Mail whenever you like with no problems; anything you do in one will sync to the other.
If you prefer to use only the Gmail app or only Apple Mail, that’s okay, too. Each has its pros and cons, though. For example, you can easily delete emails from your inbox view in Gmail, but in the iPhone Mail app, you have to open the message before you can delete it. On the other hand, Mail makes it very convenient to keep track of all your emails in one place, whether they are from Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft or Apple.
To get the best of both worlds, we’d recommend using both ways, unless the only email address you really use is your Gmail account. In that case, you’ll be fine just using the Gmail app on your iPhone.