Gmail App for iOS Adds New Inbox Widget

Google recently updated the Gmail app for iOS devices, and though it's not mentioned in the release notes, the new version of the app introduces a second Gmail widget.

gmail widget inbox
The new Gmail widget displays the last three emails in the Gmail inbox, along with a button to compose a new email. The widget joins the existing widget that displays a compose button, a search interface, and lets users know how many unread emails are in the inbox.

Google's new widget is much more informative because it provides actual email content, unlike the prior version.

gmail widget example
The widget can be added to either the Today screen alongside other widgets or to the Home screen among apps. To add the new widget, long press on the Home screen, tap the "+" button upper left corner, and scroll down to Gmail.

You will need the latest version of the Gmail app, which can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

Kylo83 Avatar
25 weeks ago
It doesn’t update in real time, so it’s usless
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
metapunk2077fail Avatar
25 weeks ago
Meh I got bored of Widgets already. Notifications are enough for me.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Jensend Avatar
25 weeks ago

Oh Google, always dropping the ball on supporting new iOS features! Leave it to them to make widgets not particularly helpful.
It's a limitation of Apple's API.
I wish the API could at least support more frequent updates when a device is plugged in.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
anjinha Avatar
25 weeks ago

I know it's quite popular, but why anybody would use Google Mail (knowing they data mine every last word) is beyond me.
EDIT: and before everybody beats me to it, even if Apple don't data mine their iCloud customers, I guess the email recipient's email provider and indeed all the ISPs along the way data mine everything so there's that. I guess there's just no escaping it. Sigh.
I use Google Mail for work and I prefer to use it in the Google app instead of Apple Mail so I can keep work and personal email separate.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
alexjholland Avatar
25 weeks ago
Yuck.

I check email when it suits me.

Constant access is unhealthy.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
rcarmich Avatar
25 weeks ago

Anyone else's Gmail app awful when scrolling inside emails? Especially one with images?

I'm not sure if it's always been there but I'm not able to ignore it on my 13 Pro Max and have since switched to the native Mail app. The inbox scrolls fine and at 120 Hz but it just stutters like crazy inside emails.
Yes, 100%. It’s so noticeable!
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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