About a week ago I noticed that one of my gmail accounts was no longer syncing across devices. It’s possible it was related to an update as there have been a few recently. I use Apple’s native Mail app across my devices so it took a few days before I noticed that changes I’d made on one device weren’t showing up on another. Mail continued to be retrieved as normal (hence why I didn’t spot the issue), but things like deleting and flagging were only occurring on the device - changes weren’t being synced.
I started digging into this properly today and discovered that aside from not syncing across devices, the changes also hadn’t synced back to Gmail (I logged into my online account to see what was happening). Forcing “synchronisation” didn’t fix the issue, nor did taking the account offline and then back online.
I decided to delete the account from my Mac and iPad first to see if that fixed the issue. On my Mac that’s worked, and the Mail app now matches the web version of Gmail (sadly with none of the changes I’d made, but never mind).
The iPad, which I now suspect was the source of all the trouble in the first place, refuses to comply It let me remove the gmail account, but Google now refuses to let the iPad back in. If I login it says the account can’t be verified.
Weirdly, if I sign in to my Gmail account in Firefox on my iPad, it works fine, so the issue specifically seems to be the Safari browser on iPad. I’ve disabled Apple’s private relay in case it was messing something up at Google’s end, but that didn’t fix the problem. I’ve also disabled all my Safari extensions, and that didn’t help either. What should I try next? I’m on the latest OS on all devices.
This currently means only my Mac can access my email. I hadn’t deleted and reinstalled the account on my phone yet because I was doing devices in order of priority, and now I am nervous to delete the account knowing that the iPad has a problem - even if I can’t action emails at least I can read them currently!