1. Ringfinger's Avatar
    I'll make it quick, I seem to get a lot of e-mail. I have my iPhone set for background app refresh for the G-Mail app. If I turn that off, I will save on battery life but how will I get my mail? I assume I would have to launch the app every time I wanted to see if I got new mail?

    Is background app refresh a real drain on this app? Anyone with advice?

    10-22-2014 11:54 AM
  2. jdhooghe's Avatar
    The GMail app is a native "push" client so every time mail arrives in your inbox, it is "pushed" to your device. That means waking the phone up every time you receive a single email and hence uses your battery. It's been awhile since I've used the GMail app but Apple Mail lets me only check my email only once every 15 min or so which definitely helps with my battery life.
    10-22-2014 03:26 PM
  3. Ringfinger's Avatar
    I see that now as I turned off background app refresh and I still get the notifications instantly.

    So, for g-mail, what does the background app refresh do then?

    I am going with the native mail app as I can see this will be a battery hog long term.
    10-22-2014 04:00 PM

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