Android GMail Auto Sync keeps getting disabled

10Sep11

If you’re finding that you’re GMail app on Android keeps getting auto sync disabled I might have the answer to your problem.

Since the very latest version you can download updates to GMail directly from the Android Market; this is to reduce fragmentation by allowing integral Android components to be updated across all phones regardless of Android version.

The problem is that you now have the option to move the app to SD card if you need to save internal memory.

If you do this, GMail won’t immediately be detected after a reboot while the SD card is mounting.  Much like installing widgets to SD causes issues at start up, it seems with GMail auto sync is disabled until you go in and select it after boot (Settings->Accounts and Sync->[Select the Google account]->tick ‘Sync GMail’)

To prevent this problem, just make sure you only install GMail on to the phone’s internal memory and not the SD Card (Settings->Applications->Manage Applications->[select GMail]->Move to Phone).

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22 Responses to “Android GMail Auto Sync keeps getting disabled”

  1. Thanks! I’ve had this problem for a few months now and have been looking for a fix. I just moved the app back from the SD card to the phone memory. Hopefully it will remember my “Sync Gmail” settings for my accounts from now on!

  2. 2 Mark Richards

    I started having this problem after I installed Google+. I uninstalled Goolge+. Gmail is installed on the phone but it still fails to sync. I can ‘Sync now’ for Contents and Calendar but Gmail fails. Any other suggestions.

    • 3 Kevin T

      I had the same problem with my Gmail, and I found the solution elsewhere. It’s strange, but what you have to do is go into your Gmail App. Go into Settings -> General Settings -> Choose your account -> under Data Usage choose Gmail sync is Off to activate it again. Just posting this here in case someone else stumbles upon this problem too.

  3. 4 tay

    I have this problem as well. I will enable autosync and then it will automatically disable. I went through the settings, however, gmail is already saved on the phone and not SD

  4. 5 Daniel Nantón

    I have this problem with android 411, on my galaxy S3, can’t find the auto-sync button. What can I do?

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