How to Set Up Push Notification For Gmail in iPhone

Few days ago, Google announced that they have released the push notification support for Gmail for mobile devices such as iPhone and Windows Mobile. Today, let us show you how you can set up a push Gmail account on your iPhone.

By following this tutorial, you can also configure it to sync your contact and calendar.

Before you start, please note that Google sync only work with iPhone firmware 3.0 and above.

Getting Started

1. Tap on the icon on the home page

2. Scroll down and open Mail, Contacts, Calendars.


3. Tap Add Account


4. Select Microsoft Exchange.


5. In the Email field, enter your Gmail address.

Leave the Domain field blank.

Enter your Google’s Username and Password.


Once done, tap Save. You might see the “Unable to verify certificate” error message. Select Accept.


6. A new Server input field will now appear. Enter ““. Tap Next to continue.


7. Select the Google services that you want to sync. For me, I activated all the available synchronization services. Tap Done.


Your Google sync Push notification services is now set up.

To activate the push notification, you need to turn the Push feature on in the iPhone Settings section.

At the Mail, Contacts, Calendar section, tap Fetch New Data


Make sure that the Push is turned to ON.



Few things to note:

1. Google sync requires you to be constantly connected to the Web. You have to keep your 3G or WIFI connection ‘Always ON’ for the best result.

2. The push notification can be very draining on your battery life. If you value your battery life much more than the push technology, turn the Push feature OFF for optimal performance.

Damien Damien

Damien Oh started writing tech articles since 2007 and has over 10 years of experience in the tech industry. He is proficient in Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and iOS, and worked as a part time WordPress Developer. He is currently the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Make Tech Easier.


  1. I chose not to use this push feature due to battery consumption. After enabling this feature I noticed the memory dropped by about 7mb. The mail app was constantly running. The spinning wheel would refresh every few seconds. Since I don’t have time sensitive emails I would rather not have my phone always working so hard.

    1. This feature is useful only if you need to access your email very frequently. Other than that, for those battery-conscious user, I would strongly advise them not to use this feature.

      Nevertheless, it is good to know that such feature exists

  2. actually, push is being touted as battery friendly as the phone does not have to check for mails anymore. Only if you receive a lot of mails, push may decrease battery life.

  3. Hey,
    I configured th way u said. I actually get a mail received sound and the mail is there in the inbox but there is no push Notificaion?

  4. This great mate. I want using my iPhone as i couldn’t find way to transfer my contacts to iPhone.

    But this is very easy and great way to do.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

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