Change Fetch Settings On Your iPhone And See Your Email Sooner [iOS Tips]

Fetch Email Settings

Sometimes, it takes a bit for an email to come through on your iPhone via the Mail app. That might be due to the way your iPhone checks mail servers. Here’s a quick way to find out what type of email access your iPhone is doing, and then what kind of fix might be in order.

First up, find out whether your email provider uses the Push method or the Fetch method. Open your Settings app with a tap and then tap into Mail, Contacts, Calendars. Tap on the Fetch New Data section, and then the Advanced option. You’ll see your list of email accounts set up for Mail app on your iOS device. If your provider uses Fetch, like Gmail typically does, you’re in luck.

Back out one settings screen, and tap Every 15 Minutes for your Fetch schedule. This will force your iPhone to go and check email every 15 minutes, instead of the Hourly that it sets up by default. Note that this may cause a hit to your battery life, so be sure to keep an eye on that, as well.

Now your iPhone will check for email more often, getting you a faster turnaround for the email that comes in between Fetches. If your email provider uses Push, you won’t be able to use this method to speed it up much, however.

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  • FriarNurgle

    I like it set to manual to be honest.

  • AppZeen

    yeah that is true
    it is really annoying
    http:/appzeen.org

  • sapateira

    I’m sorry, but one of us have to be completely crazy? In my opinion Push is much faster then fetch! No matter what time you choose. In fact, push is almost immediate. It only takes seconds until you get the email in your phone since it was sent to you. And Gmail in fetch mode??? Please try this and test it:
    http://www.imore.com/beginner-tip-setup-gmail-exchange-push-emails

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