17 months later, Gmail gains a single 3D Touch shortcut

By , Feb 22, 2017

Google today refreshed its mobile Gmail app for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch on App Store, adding very limited 3D Touch support nearly a year and a half after Apple first brought pressure sensing to iPhone’s display with the September 2015 release of iPhone 6s.

Owners of the iPhone 6s/7 series can now press Gmail’s icon to quickly compose a message, but that’s about it. Thank you, Google, but seriously?

In my view, Google doesn’t really have a clue how to properly build 3D Touch gestures into Gmail in a manner that would save users time and boost their productivity.

The app still lacks Peek and Pop gestures., but we’ll get those next year, right?

If you don’t see the new shortcut after pressing Gmail’s icon, try force-quitting the app or disable then re-enable 3D Touch in Settings → General → Accessibility → 3D Touch. Note that you won’t see the shortcut if you don’t have any email account set up within the app.

Prior Gmail updates have enabled other features and enhancements.

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One of the enhancements introduced in a recent update that I really like is that the signature you created in Gmail’s web interface now appears in your sent messages unless a mobile signature has been set up.

Some of the other newsworthy enhancements which rolled out a few months ago include an Undo Send feature that lets you prevent embarrassing mistakes by retracting accidental emails within a period of time defined in the app’s settings.

Other recently added features that you may like include the ability to hide sender images that appear in your inbox, swipe left or right to view the previous or next message, choose your favorite browser (Safari or Chrome) for opening links and message text styling with support for bold, italics and underline.

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Do you use Gmail as your daily driver and are you disappointed with the app’s lack of comprehensive 3D Touch support?

Me? I don’t use Gmail and won’t reconsider the app unless they implement Peek/Pop and provide a more comprehensive set of Home screen shortcuts.

Until then, I’ll do just fine with Spark, thank you very much.

Don’t get me wrong, Gmail is a very capable app with lots of nice features. It’s just that I use Peek and Pop all the time to preview messages that I’m not sure would interest me without having to open them first.

Gmail for iOS is available at no charge via App Store.

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  • Charles222

    Iirc inbox has a lot more 3d touch stuff in it.

  • Cerberus The Wise

    Honestly thats pretty damn pathetic Google.

    • :D

      Would you say Airmail is better than Spark? I use Spark atm

      • Siri Tim Cook Holness

        Yes I use airmail too way more features

      • Cerberus The Wise

        I’d say it comes down more to preference. I liked spark but I didn’t like the design all that much. Airmail has a design I like better and has way more power features, along with tight integration with a lot of other apps, such as PDF Expert, Fantastical, etc. If email is very important to you and you consider yourself a power user who wants a lot of strong features, then Airmail is worth it. If you’re just looking for a better solution to Apple’s stock mail app, then Spark is plenty good enough.

      • :D

        The integration sounds great – I use PDF Expert and Fabtastical a lot. The reviews say Airmail is unreliable though – would you say so?

      • Cerberus The Wise

        Sometimes yes, but only with one thing in my personal experience. When marking the email as read, it occasionally doesn’t get marked as read so I need to open up the email in app to mark it as read. I’m hopeful that will get fixed soon as well.

  • Adam

    I’m not sure how, but I’ve had this 3D Touch option for months. I noticed the update this morning, and everything that was mentioned in the changelog were features I already had. Maybe they release features to a select few early.

    • Chris

      Same here, not that I actually ever bothered to use it considering how long it took to get support for ‘a single’ menu update.

    • Sleaka J

      Same. I had that option before this update as well, and never used it either

  • Noohar

    “Google crap”….lol

  • Siri Tim Cook Holness

    I use airmail way better than any other

  • James G

    Google has been this way on iOS for years. Their gmail app has been a joke and this just shows it even more. Microsoft does a better job supporting iOS features.

  • (JailbreakQA) King Shoot

    I use the Gmail app because my mail address is @gmail. It seems appropriate. Not to mention the newer versions of Google apps have a really nice design.

    I don’t really care about 3D touch, nor do I care about the features it brings. If I want to preview something, I need to wait for it to load. Why not simply go into that link/email/whatever instead of using 3D Touch? It will take the same time to load anyway…

  • askep3

    Only cuz it’s been replaced by inbox, gmail is on its way out inbox is the new client from google. It’s really good, I’ve tried to replace it with spark or other apps and I keep going back

  • Gregory D Foster

    I still can’t believe they don’t have Touch ID enabled.