How to Fix Gmail App Crashing on Android & IOS

Gmail is an easy to use email app that saves you time and keeps your messages safe. Get your messages instantly via push notifications, read and respond online and offline, and find any message quickly. 
And over the years; the Gmail app has become part of our daily run-to app for mails due to the ease, convenience and easy load of features added by Google. 

Not to forget, Gmail is also part of Google Workspace, allowing you and your team to easily connect, create and collaborate. 

Despite all these nice features, the Gmail app might start crashing on your Android or iOS device as time goes on for just no reason. 

Well, let's discuss what might possibly cause the Gmail app to auto stop whenever it's in use with an "unfortunately Gmail stopped prompt" or no prompt in some cases. 

In addition, we'll also see some troubleshooting tips to stop the Gmail app from auto crashing. 

Why the Gmail App Keeps Crashing on Android & iPhone

Listed below are some reasons why your Gmail app keeps stopping. 
  1. Insufficient Space on Device
  2. Too many mails signed in to the device with push notifications turned on
  3. Outdated version of Gmail.
  4. The bug from the recent update.
  5. Corruption of Cache.
E.t.c

How to Solve Gmail App Crashing on Android & iPhone

There are many approaches to fix the auto crashing of the Gmail app, if you've tried all and the issue still persists then contact Google. 

1. Clear Cache on Gmail App

The very first step to take whenever you notice this is to clear the cache of the Gmail app. Who knows if the cache on your device has been corrupted? 

Cache which can also be called history according to Wikipedia; helps the Gmail store data so that future requests for that data can be served faster; the data stored in a cache might be the result of a copy of data stored elsewhere 

You can also go ahead to clear all data on the Gmail app to reset the app to default settings, follow the below guide to learn how to do so. 
  • Open Settings > Apps > Search and select Gmail
  • Now, scroll to the Storage section and click on it.
  • Click on "Clear Cache" and "Data" for the Gmail App.
  • Lastly, restart your device and that's it. 

2. Uninstall Updates on the Gmail App

This will resolve any issue arising from a recent update on the app by simply reverting to the version of Gmail that came when the device was newly purchased. 

Doing any of these will not wipe off your data as they're stored in Gmail Servers and not on your local device. 

To do uninstall updates of your Gmail app then follow the below guide.
  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Select Gmail
  • Now, Click on the 3-vertical dots by the right-hand side and select the "uninstall updates" option. 
Alternatively, 
  • You can go to the play store or apple store > search the Gmail app
  • Hit the Uninstall button and install it back afterwards.
  • Finally, restart your device. 
That's it. 

3. Update the Gmail App

Having an outdated Gmail app might also cause frequent shutdown and crashing. 

As we all know,  updates come with various improvements, bug fixes and co; so it's best to check if you've downloaded an update to the Gmail app. 

To install the updates, kindly read on...
  • Launch your Playstore or Apple Store and search for the "Gmail" app
  • Click on the update button if it's available to download it. 
That's all. 

4. Disable and Re-enable the Gmail App

You can also disable and re-enable the app if it's an inbuilt system app. 

Doing these will not wipe off your data as they're stored in Gmail Servers and not on your local device.

Simply follow the below guide to disable and enable the Gmail app. 
  • Navigate to Settings > Apps > Search Gmail
  • Tap the Disable button at the button.
  • Finally, Re-Enable the app. 
That's it. 

5. Turn off Dark Mode for the Gmail App

After Android 10 was introduced, Google went ahead to launch the Gmail dark mode for its users after which many users reported a crash. 

Now, Google removed the dark theme temporarily and added it again after it was fixed, but we can’t say with certainty whether this feature is definitely stable on all those Android devices. It is currently exclusively available on Android 10. 

So, we recommend disabling the dark mode feature and monitor how the app works after this. 

To turn off Dark Mode on the Gmail app, simply:
  • Launch Gmail > Tap on the hamburger menu > Settings
  • Now, Choose General Settings > Theme > Select "Light" from the list.
  • Reboot your device. 
That's all on fixing auto crashing of your Gmail app on your device, if the problem still persists after applying these then contact Google on either play store or apple store and they'll personally look into it.

In conclusion, I hope this article has provided you with all the possible solutions to fix a crashing Gmail app without muscle. 

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