If you are using a third-party email app, you might want to uninstall the Gmail app from your phone. Whether to troubleshoot the Gmail application, to stop its notifications. or for any other reason. But the thought of its aftereffects might prevent you from deleting the Gmail app. And you might be wondering what really happens if you uninstall the Gmail app from your Android phone or iPhone / iPad. You will find the answer to this question and related queries in this article.
You can easily uninstall the Gmail app from iPhone. However, you cannot remove it completely from Android phones as it is a pre-installed app on most of them. You will need to disable it as discussed in this article, rendering it unusable and will not work in the background.
Let’s see what happens when removing the Gmail app from your phone and how to remove / reinstall it. We will start with the steps.
How to uninstall the Gmail app from Android or iPhone
On iPhone and iPad, touch and hold the Gmail app icon on the Home screen. When the icons start to shake, tap the crosshair icon on the app. Otherwise, if a menu appears, select Remove app. Check the other methods to uninstall apps from iPhone and iPad.
On Android, open Settings on your phone and go to Apps. Tap Gmail under All apps. Then tap Disable.
Now that you know the steps to remove the Gmail app, let’s see what happens when you uninstall or disable the Gmail app on your phone.
What happens to emails
The most important items related to the Gmail app are your emails. So when you uninstall the Gmail app, nothing happens with your existing emails. If you sign in from Gmail’s mobile website or a PC (or other phone), you can still access all of your emails (received, sent, and drafts)
Basically, uninstalling or deleting the Gmail app won’t delete your emails. This is because emails or messages are stored on Google’s servers and not on your phone. You are simply deleting the app and not the actual data. However, if you manually delete emails from Gmail app, they will be deleted from Google servers. You will not be able to access it from any device.
To sum up, you are simply removing a tool to view emails on your mobile phone.
Note: Your archived emails will remain archived even after uninstalling the Gmail app.
What happens with attachments downloaded from Gmail
All existing attachments (PDF, images, etc.) that you downloaded from the Gmail app on your phone will remain intact. That is, nothing will happen to them when you uninstall the Gmail app. You can still access it without the Gmail app.
What happens to other Google services
Uninstalling the Gmail app will not affect other Google services on your phone, such as YouTube, Google Drive, Contacts, etc. They will continue to function normally. This is because they work with the connected Google account, which is added to your phone and not to Gmail.
Gmail is just another service linked to Google Account. Removing the Gmail app won’t hinder others. However, if you delete the Google account from your phone, it will have serious repercussions. Refer to our detailed explanation on what happens when you delete your Google account from Android or iPhone.
Does deleting the Gmail app delete your Gmail or Google account
Not at all. Removing the Gmail app from your phone will not delete your Gmail or Google Account. Your e-mail address will remain active.
Can people email you after deleting Gmail app
Yes, they can, because your email address is active. However, you will not be notified of new incoming emails to your phone because the app is no longer installed. However, if you sign in to your Gmail account from a browser or on another phone, you can view new emails.
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What happens to the application settings
The app settings is the main thing that is affected when you uninstall the Gmail app. Basically all the settings in the Gmail app will be reset to their default values. These include settings like Gmail theme (light or dark mode), custom notification settings, swipe actions, and more.
If you reinstall / reactivate the Gmail app, you will need to re-adjust the settings to your preferences.
How to reinstall the Gmail app on Android and iOS / iPadOS
To reinstall the Gmail app on iPhone / iPad, open the App Store and search for Gmail. Press the Install button.
On Android phones, open Google Play Store and search for Gmail. Tap Activate. If that doesn’t work, go to Phone settings> Applications> Gmail. Tap Activate. If you can’t find Gmail under Apps, tap the three-dot icon on the All apps screen. Select Show disabled apps or Show all apps. Then tap on Gmail and tap the Activate button.
Meet you soon Gmail
We hope we’ve made it easy for you to understand. Now that you know the results of removing Gmail app, it is safe to do it whenever you need to, especially when troubleshooting issues.
If you decide to keep the Gmail app, learn how to schedule emails using the Gmail mobile apps and desktop from the following link.
Last updated on Dec 9, 2020
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