Gmail app for Android devices makes life easier for people who manage work on the go. With apps like Gmail for work and Outlook, the workplaces have expanded their horizon. Working while travelling is now a reality because of efficient smartphone apps and speedy internet connections. Being in constant communication is a far easier job when one has installed the Gmail for work apps. While Gmail is smoother in functioning and employs stringent security measures to avoid hackers, certain trivial and minor settings given wrong may disrupt the Gmail services to your Android device or cause sync issues in it.
The sync issues are identified by the problems like not receiving emails, unable to compose, send, open, or edit emails, getting an error message notifying account not synced, etc., these can be easily overcome if one knows what causes the sync issues. The primary cause of the sync turned off is internet connectivity disruption. Check if the internet connectivity is not disrupted before employing stringent measures.
Listed below are few easier methods to diagnose the cause of the sync errors and rectify them on your own. If the issues cannot be overcome using the simple methods, one may have to report it at a Gmail help forum and wait for an appropriate response. When reporting an issue a user is required to provide information about the Android version running on the smartphone. Also, there are many third-party support teams ready to look into the issue and help resolve them quickly when contacted via phone at a toll-free number.
Wrong Gmail Settings:
It is important that one sets the Gmail notification settings ON for mail forwarding. If you have turned it off, for IMAP/POP settings the mail may not be forwarded to the Gmail app. Configuring the settings is quite easier as Google organises each tab neatly under the settings button. Click the settings button on the desktop Gmail window and choose the settings option. This should open all tabs for settings, like the General settings, Labels, Inbox, etc., choose the Forwarding and POP/IMAP setting. If POP or IMAP is not enabled the mail forwarding will not be carried out. It is good to enable either IMAP or POP for mail forwarding to Gmail app. Enabling both may cause interference and is not recommended for a user. If you cannot find the settings tab to be configured for Gmail app, you can search online for assistance. Once configured you may have to restart the android device for the settings to be applied. If the configuration settings are in right place, then check for other issues that can interrupt with device syncing.
Internet connectivity disruption:
It is common for us to have enabled Airplane mode accidentally when we operate the smartphone in haste. This will switch off the internet connectivity and stop the device sync function. If you access Gmail app, an error message saying no internet connectivity or the account not synced may be displayed. Also, sometimes the wireless data connections are lost due to interference from other signals which causes the sync errors. To check the internet connectivity open a website in a browser. If the internet connection is safe and secure, try checking the sync settings of the mobile device.
Sync settings for apps in Android devices:
Android devices allow a user to sync all apps simultaneously with one tap. This setting makes the job of syncing easier, but when one accidentally turns it off, all syncing is affected, Gmail app included. A new user who is checking the new phone may accidentally turn off sync for Gmail account without noticing it. It is hard to find the sync setting for Gmail account. It is accessed via the general phone settings. Choose the Gmail account and tap the more option indicated in the form of three vertical dots. Make sure that the Auto-sync data is turned on to avoid sync issues. In older version Android devices this setting is grouped under the Data usage for Wireless & Networks settings.
Sync settings on Gmail App:
If the Gmail app has turned Gmail sync off, a person cannot send an email or receive new emails in the inbox. Also, the app seems too slow with emails stuck in outbox folders. If the sync is not enabled the inbox is not updated as and when a new mail arrives. To check the settings, open the Gmail app and click the menu indicated in the three horizontal lines on top of the leftmost part of the screen. From the menu go to settings and choose the right Gmail account. Ensure if Sync Gmail is checked. If not tap to check the box and restart the device. If the settings are in place, restart the device. Sometimes a restart if all that is needed for the device to apply all the configured settings.