How to Set Up Gmail on Apple Watch

Get your email on your wrist

What to Know

  • The Gmail app doesn't work on the Apple Watch, so you can't check your email on your wrist with the Gmail app itself.
  • You can get Gmail notifications of new emails on the Apple Watch. Go to the Gmail app to set up notifications.
  • Third-party email apps like Spark can let you read Gmail messages on Apple Watch.

This article explains how to set up and use Gmail on the Apple Watch. It also covers third-party apps that deliver Gmail features on Apple Watch that the official Gmail app doesn't.

How to Set Up Gmail on Apple Watch

The Apple Watch promises to keep you in touch and up to date with just a glance at your wrist. If you get a ton of email through Gmail, you may want to get Gmail on Apple Watch.

The official Gmail app doesn't work on the Apple Watch. Google hasn't added support for the Watch to its app, so you can't read or send emails with it. But, if you've configured the Gmail app to send you notifications, those notifications can appear on your Apple Watch just like the alerts you get for calls or texts. Here's what to do:

  1. Install the official Gmail app and set up the Gmail app on your iPhone.

  2. Tap Settings.

  3. Tap Gmail.

    Going to Gmail's settings in iOS.
  4. Tap Notifications.

  5. Configure your Gmail notification settings in the way you prefer.

    Setting Notifications settings for Gmail on iOS.
  6. Open the Watch app.

  7. Tap Notifications.

  8. In the Mirror iPhone Alerts From: section, move the Gmail slider to on/green. Any time the Gmail app on your iPhone sends you a notification, you'll get the same alert on your Apple Watch.

    Turning on Gmail notifications in the Apple Watch app.

Third-Party Apps That Add Gmail to Apple Watch

The official Gmail app may not run on the Apple Watch, but some third-party email apps support Gmail and work on Apple Watch. Use one of those, and you can get Gmail on Apple Watch. Here's what to do:

  1. Download and install on your iPhone the third-party email app you want to use. Make sure to pick one that offers an Apple Watch app. In our example, we'll use Spark.

  2. Set up your Gmail account in the app.

    Adding a new Gmail app on iOS.
  3. On your Apple Watch, find the email app and tap it.

  4. Different Apple Watch email apps offer various features, but at the very least, you can read your Gmail on Apple Watch at least using the app.

    Accessing Gmail from another app on Apple Watch.

Some of the most prominent email apps that support Gmail on the Apple Watch include:

  • Airmail: Free, with in-app purchases.
  • Apple Mail: Free. It comes pre-installed on the iPhone and Apple Watch.
  • Canary Mail: Free, with in-app purchases.
  • Spark: Free.
  • Zoho Mail: Free, with in-app purchases.
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