Gmail - Email by Google

Last modified
Thursday, February 11, 2021

Description of App

Get the official Gmail app for your iPhone or iPad. The newly redesigned app brings the best of Gmail with real-time notifications, multiple account support and search across your entire inbox. With the Gmail app, you can:

● Switch between up to 5 accounts
● Get notified of new mail fast, with notification center, badge and lock screen options
● Search through all your mail quickly - now with predictions as you type
● See profile pictures as part of the conversation
● Read your mail with threaded conversations
● Auto-complete contact names as you type from your Google contacts or your phone
● Respond to Google Calendar invites right from the app
● Organize your mail by archiving, labeling, starring, deleting and reporting spam
● Send and receive attachments
● Customize emails with custom scribbles



Free or Paid


Apple Watch Support


iOS Version


Device(s) App Was Tested On


Accessibility Comments

This app does work great with VoiceOver!

VoiceOver Performance

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling

All buttons are clearly labeled.


The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments

This app is really cool.
You can easily compose new emails from the gmail app.
At the bottom there are buttons where you can reply, forward and reply all.
If you hit the reply all button a forwarding screen will pop up on your screen.

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5 people have recommended this app

Most recently recommended by Matt M 1 year 6 months ago



Submitted by Nina on Tuesday, September 1, 2015

When I write an email I can't review what I wrote. For example, I'll write something, then for some reason I will go out of the text field. I can hear VoiceOver reading everything, but when I try to use the rotor to move by word, character, or line it doesn't do anything.
Is this a bug? If so, is there a developer contact info? Are other's experiencing something similar? Or any suggestions?

Submitted by Kerry Fielding on Sunday, July 24, 2016

Even though I'm hearing what I'm dictating via voiceover people are receiving blank emails from me and I too have the issue where I can't read backthe text that is supposedly in my response or email either.

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Tuesday, May 15, 2018

I've been thinking of downloading this app to use along with my native Mail app because it contains more Gmail-specific features.

So, I was wondering: how is the current accessibility of this app? Are there still issues reading messages and things like that as stated above?

Submitted by Humberto Avila on Tuesday, January 15, 2019

I have been recently testing out the Gmail from Google app, and it does seem pretty accessible from the start. There are no issues reading email in the app. You can easily reply and read as well as the message list area is very accessible. That is, with one exception. When you flick to the message list area, VoiceOver will say, "You're all done. Null." This happens even when you have messages in the list view. I'm not sure if this is happening across the board, with iOS versions and iPhone / iPad / iPod models, ETC.
The real usability glitches start though, at the writing end. When you compose an email, the "Too:" "CC:" ETC. area is very accessible. So is the multiline text area of when you write the message. I personally use Braille Screen Input when composing, and you can not insert new lines in the message using that feature. Often I have had to leave Braille screen input then tap on the "Return" keyboard option on the bottom-right corner of the screen. Then go back to Braille screen input.
Also, the issues expressed with the navigation by character, word, line, ETC. are still eminent today. When you navigate by character, you hear the "tip, tip," sound, but no character is heard either back or forth. When you navigate by word, you only hear the boundary reached sound of VoiceOver.
When I use Braille Screen Input, there are times where I have had to turn off VoiceOver and then toggle him back on, because he will stay stuck to the Braille Screen input rotor setting even though I am using the rotor gesture to move back out of that mode.
I would say, I wouldn't use the Gmail app as my primary means of doing business through email. I am currently using Gmail, I believe is version 5.0 of the app, with iOS 12.1.2 on an iPhone 7 64-bit. Perhaps experiences across the board like I've stated, may vary and if so, I'd like to know those experiences. And maybe, send feedback to Google about them.

I downloaded the gmail app and I am facing the exact issues the previous poster mentioned. Everything is ok until you go to the multiline text field of the body message.
What I have noticed is that the bug comes from Voiceover, not the app. It is a regular multiline text field which Voiceover can't properly access, just as it does with any multiline text field you will come across in any other app like Inbox by gmail, or Outlook.
Granted, gmail is the lightest app for accessing your e-mails you can find on the Appstore today. No calendar, no extra buttons, no confusing functions, just a simple application for daily use. I hope Apple will improve Voiceover's support for multiline text fields, and then I'll never look back to the preinstalled e-mail app of iOS.

Submitted by WellF on Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Gmail doesn't notify me of new emails and it's really frustrating me. Is there any solution to this?

Submitted by Misty Dawn on Tuesday, January 25, 2022

VO seems to handle multi-line text fields in other contexts just fine for me. Since it has been a few years, are there still problems with both Gmail in this area and with Apple and multi-line text fields in general? If the latter is the case, I certainly haven’t noticed it, at least, not recently.

Basically looking for yet another accessibility update for this app as I am considering using it again for another reason.