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How to fix iPhone email not updating

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There are many possible reasons your iPhone email won’t update. This could be due to incompatible system settings or software problems.

Let’s examine each possibility and then look at how to fix them.

How to fix iPhone Email Not Updating

There’s no easy way to find out why your iPhone is not updating your email. Before you find the cause of your problem, you might have to try a few, several, or all of the above solutions.

1. Do a Manual Refresh

You can refresh the Mail app first before you try anything more complex manually. To open the Mail app, drag your finger to the bottom of the screen until it shows a spinning wheel. Then, release the finger. This will prompt the app (re) to connect to the email servers.

2. Select Airplane Mode and toggle it on or off

Your iPhone’s email might stop updating because of a connectivity issue. Refresh your connection by opening the Settings app of your iPhone. Turn on Airplane Mode next to the switch. You could also turn Airplane Mode off and on from the Control Center. Here is a guide for customizing and using the Control Center in your iPhone.

3. Reset Network Settings

Resetting your network settings will resolve any connectivity issues.

To do this, go to settings > General > Transfer/Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings. This will reset Wi Fi networks and passwords, mobile settings, and any VPN/APN settings previously used. Once the network settings have been reset, you will need to manually reconnect to WiFi networks. The next step is to force quit and then open the Mail app again to check if the problem continues.

4. Check the Mail Settings

If the problem continues to persist, it could be an in-app issue. The Push button is turned on in the app to receive notifications and email updates. Push tells email servers to “push” your emails to your iPhone instead of trying to ‘fetch them’.

Take a moment to check your iPhone email settings if it stops updating. To start, go to Settings >Mail > Accounts > Fetch Data and toggle on Push.

If you have only trouble with one mailbox, tap it in the Accounts listing and then select Pull from the menu on the next webpage. Select Fetch if you don’t have a Push option, such as Gmail accounts. Next, you will need to choose an update frequency using the Fetch Schedule under the Accounts menu. The fastest update frequency you can set is Every fifteen minutes. You can manually refresh the Mail App to get your email updated faster.

5. Mail App Deleted and Reinstalled

To fix any issues in the app, delete it and reinstall it. This will allow you to restore all settings, including any that were altered to default. It may also resolve the problem with your iPhone not updating.

Mail is part of the iPhone’s stock apps portfolio. However, you can reinstall the app just like any other. You should now have a clean slate and can start setting up email accounts.

Go to settings > General > iPhone storage > Mail, and then tap Delete app to delete the Mail application. You can then reinstall Mail from the Apple App Store. Start it, and sign in with an email address. You can add additional accounts to Settings>>> Add Accounts.

6. Re-Add or Remove Account

Any accounts refusing to update should be removed and re-added. This should resolve any issues caused by a corrupted, faulty configuration.

To do so, head over to Settings > Mail > Accounts > Delete Account. After that, you can return to the Accounts webpage and tap Create Account. To load new emails, refresh your browser manually after you are signed in.

7. Make sure to check Notification Settings

If you are not receiving email update notifications, check your Notifications settings. Open the Settings app. Click Notifications> Mail. You will then need to set the notification settings (Alerts Sounds and Badges), so you are notified when an email arrives in your mailbox. Other notification settings can be modified in this section.

To ensure you are happy with your notifications, tap Customize Notifications

8. Enable Background App Refresh

Another solution is to enable background app updates. This feature allows apps to update with new content even though you’re not using them. Background App Refresh can also be useful to reduce your mobile data consumption.

9. Check Cellular Data Settings

In order to save data usage, some people block certain apps from using mobile data. Your iPhone may have blocked certain apps from accessing cellular data. If your Mail app is not updating when you’re using cellular data, it could be that you’re blocking them.

To disable this setting, open the Setting app. Select Cellular/Mobile Data in the menu. Next, scroll down to the Mail app and then turn the switch on.

10. Turn off Low Data Mode

iOS has a low data mode that preserves Wi-Fi bandwidth and cellular network bandwidth. This feature could have prevented your iPhone Mail from updating.

Check that your Wi-Fi and Cellular Data settings are not set to Low Data Mode in order to allow full internet access for the Mail app. To disable low data mode on Wi-Fi, open Settings> Wi-Fi and tap Info next to active Wi-Fi connection. Next, disable Low Data Mode by turning off the switch.

To disable Low Data Mode in cellular data, go Settings>> Cellular Data Options. Turn off the switch next to Low Data Mode.

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