We all rely on our smartphones to send and receive personal or work emails. Yet often, we face the annoying problem of slow email download speeds. It can really slow us down and cause unnecessary delays, which can be very frustrating. That’s why Melissa, one of our CyberGuy.com newsletter subscribers, reached out to us, asking how to speed up her email. Here’s what she asked:
“What can I do to speed my e-mail up? It takes so long to download on WiFi as well as cellular. It is not one email account, it seems to be over all of my accounts. I have plenty of free space in my iPhone. -Melissa, New Market, Alabama”
Thanks, Melissa, for your great question. There could be a number of reasons your email isn’t running up to speed, some having to do with your device, your connection, your software, and even your settings Here are our top 6 ways to speed up email on your phone.
6 ways to speed up email on your phone
1. Update your phone and email app
Using an outdated email app may result in slower performance and compatibility issues. Ensure you’ve installed the latest version of your email app and the latest software for your particular device, as updates often include bug fixes and performance improvements.
- How to update your Android to the latest software
- Settings may vary depending on your Android phone’s manufacturer
- Open the Settings app and scroll down to Software Update and tap it
Tap on Download and Install for any available updates.
If your device finds a new software update, tap Download now. When complete, a screen will appear advising you that the new version of software is ready to be installed. Tap Install update.
How to update your mail app (i.e. Microsoft Outlook, Yahoo, Gmail etc.) for iPhone
To update your mail app, go to the Google Play Store, click on the circle in the upper right-hand corner. This circle will have the first initial of your Gmail email account.
- Click Manage apps & device
- In the second row it will say Updates available
- You can click Update all or See details (we typically choose to Update all)
If you click the See details screen you can choose to update an individual app.
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- Go to Settings
- Scroll down to Mail and tap it
- Scroll down and tap Accounts
- At the bottom of the page, tap on Fetch New Data
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Make sure the Push is toggled on. New data will be pushed to your iPhone from the server when possible.
For certain mail accounts, you may choose to Fetch email. Fetch is to be used when Push is off or for applications which do not support Push. You can choose how often you want your iPhone to fetch new emails from the server. You can select Every 15 Minutes, Every 30 Minutes, Hourly, or Manually. For better battery life, fetch less frequently.
Tap Accounts and backup
Then click Manage accounts
The size of the attachments and the speed of your internet connection can affect the download time.
5. Clear out some of your phone’s storage
Insufficient storage space is a big reason emails don’t fully load. If your phone’s storage is nearly full, it can impact the performance of various apps, including your email app.
Ensure you have enough free space on your device for smooth email operation. Clearing out old emails if your inbox is full is a great way to clear up some space – especially if you delete emails containing photos and other big attachments.
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Kurt’s key takeaways
There are several steps you can take to speed up your email on your phone, including connecting to strong WiFi, adjusting your email sync settings, avoiding large attachments, clearing out your phone’s storage, updating your phone and email app, and restarting your device to resolve any glitches.
Have you tried any of these 6 tips to speed up your email on your phone? What’s the biggest frustration you struggle with on your iPhone or Android that you need help with? Let us know by writing us at CyberGuy.com/Contact