Gmail too Slow for you? Try These Tips is an old cross-post from my other blog.
I’ve made a couple of posts recently about Gmail and had feedback that for some people Gmail runs slow. You might want to try these one at a time to see if they help. If you do the first one and Gmail’s fast enough then why go on?
This post won’t solve everyone’s slow Gmail problems, but you can try these tips for a start. For more information, some suggestions have links to Google’s Gmail Help Center labeled “(read first)”. These links should open in a new browser or tab and will give you more info on what you are about to do.
TIPS TO SPEED UP GMAIL
- Log into Gmail, click the Settings Gear, Mail Settings, then click the General tab you will see a dropdown where you can set the number of email conversations per page, set it to its lowest setting of 25 conversations per page. Don’t forget to save changes.
- (read first) While you are in Gmail’s settings, click on the Web Clips tab and uncheck the “Show my web clips above the Inbox” checkbox. Don’t forget to save changes.
- Read the Google Gmail Help Center’s help item Gmail is Slow
- (read first) Disable chat, scroll down to the bottom and click “turn off chat” in the second line from the bottom
- (read first) View in HTML, scroll down to the bottom and click “basic HTML” in the second line from the bottom
- (read first) Try http://mail.google.com/gmail?nocheckbrowser to stop gmail from doing a browser check when you login
- (read first) (also read first) Try turning off your contact’s pictures. Click Settings Gear, Mail Settings, then click the General tab to the right of Contacts’ pictures select “Only show pictures that I’ve chosen for my contacts”. If you do this and you haven’t chosen any pictures for your contacts then you shouldn’t see any.
- Turn off snippets. Click Settings Gear, Mail Settings, then click the General tab. To the right of Snipetts click “ – Show subject only.”
- Do you have like 100 different labels? Maybe you’ve got too many… try pairing down the number of labels you use and get organized at the same time. Especially if your Inbox has LOTS of emails and the function of the archive button is a mystery.
- Check the Gmail Help Center
Did any of these help? Make it worse? Drop a comment to help improve these tips!
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