How do I fix my Gmail not receiving emails? (updated 2023)

How do I fix my Gmail not receiving emails? (updated 2023)

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Are you sure it’s not a really slow day?

You’ve probably checked your internet connection a few times and tried refreshing the page multiple times, but that email you’re waiting for still hasn’t arrived in your inbox. There could be many reasons for this and sometimes, it’s not even your fault.

How to fix Gmail not receiving emails?

Let’s do that together:

Are you connected to the internet?

Sometimes we take things for granted, like our internet connection.

Have you checked your computer or phone’s internet connectivity?

You might not be receiving emails because you are simply not connected, and Gmail can’t reach its email servers to refresh and load those new emails in your inbox.

Before you do anything else, double-check that your computer is connected to the internet. It could be the reason that the emails aren't loading.

Anything in the junk folder?

One great thing about Gmail as an email provider, is its great spam filtering. Gmail scans email addresses against its blacklists, it also scans for any potential malicious links, for common spam words, and even use machine learning and artificial intelligence to filter out the spam emails.

But even then, Gmail might get it wrong and an email you’re waiting for just ends up in the spam folder.

Check your spam folder to find these emails: scroll down within the left side menu (left hamburger menu for mobiles), and find the folder named “Spam".

Is it in trash?

It’s more common than you may think. Are you having trouble receiving emails in Gmail or did they get deleted?

Make sure to check your Trash folder. Sometimes we accidentally delete emails by swiping or clicking the wrong button. Additionally, some antivirus software may also automatically send potentially malicious emails to the trash folder. It's worth checking there just in case.

Check all mail

Right above the spam folder on the left menu list, is All mail. The All mail folder displays all your account’s emails (except spam) and serve as the general archive of your email.

If you’ve archived an email, it’ll appear here. Emails are labeled clearly, so if you find your missing email here, you will see what it is labeled as, or its folder location.

Another thing you can try is checking the "All mail" folder in your Gmail account. Sometimes emails can end up there instead of in the inbox. It's possible that your missing emails could be located in that folder. It's worth taking a look to see if they are there.

How’s your storage limit?

Gmail accounts come with 15GB of storage for free, but maybe you’ve maxed this out? If that’s the case then maybe Gmail IS not receiving emails. Check your storage by scrolling to the bottom of your inbox. There is a progress bar on the bottom left. For mobile, tap on your avatar (upper right) and you’ll see the percentage of storage used.

Gmail storage

If you’ve reached 100% maybe try clearing your account from unwanted content, or consider upgrading your storage to start receiving your Gmail messages.

Go over your filter settings

Filter settings are created manually to have more control over your inbox and limit unwanted email using your own parameters. To review these filters, you’ll need to use a computer (or use “show desktop version” from your mobile browser).

  • Click on the gear icon (top right) > See all settings
  • Select the Filters and Blocked Addresses tab

Review your Gmail filters or clear them.

You may need to ask the sender to re-send that email if Gmail was not receiving emails from them.

Check email forwarding

Have you set any forwarding options for another address? Email forwarding allows Gmail to forward emails that sent to a different address, to your new inbox.

If you are using email forwarding to receive emails sent to an old or different email address, it might be worth a check.

Go to your settings: See all settings > Forwarding and POP/IMAP.

Disable forwarding if it’s incorrectly set, or re-instate your forwarding conditions in case it was mistakenly disabled.

In the latter case, you might also need to ask the sender to re-send that email.

Is Google down?

Gmail servers are very reliable, rarely do they go down. But it might be worth a check.

Check the Google Workspace Status Dashboard or you can make use of many third-party sites to review if Gmail is experiencing any down time.

Send a test email to yourself

This may seem like an old-fashioned method, but it can be truly a tell-tale sign to know if you are the one experiencing technical difficulties, or if your Gmail is not receiving emails.

Send an email to yourself using your Gmail account. And try sending an email from another provider to your Gmail address. If you receive the email in your inbox, chances are you are not the one experiencing an issue.

Are you using an email client?

Are you managing your inbox and email addresses through an external client like Outlook, Thunderbird, or the native mail app on your mobile device?

If so, it’s worth checking if your email client is currently experiencing any downtime. Additionally, take a look at the different folders within the client to see if the missing emails are located there. You should also review your POP/IMAP settings to ensure that they are set up correctly.

External clients can sometimes cause a delay in receiving emails or cause them to be filtered into different folders. So, it's important to check these things as well.

Check POP/IMAP

Did you leave your email settings unattended on the street? We think not, but it never hurts to check your POP/IMAP settings.

Go to See all settings and click on the Forwarding and POP/IMAP tab, scroll to the POP and IMAP sections. You can find the settings and values to input our detailed guide about Gmail SMTP settings.

Change browser or device

Another simple method you can try to troubleshoot if Gmail is not receiving emails: Try logging in to your Gmail account using a different supported browser (Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Mozilla Firefox, or Safari).

JavaScript and Cookies can affect your browser’s functionality, make sure they are enabled.

Another thing you can try is logging into your Gmail account from a different browser or using a different device. Sometimes, the issue could be with the device or browser you are using to access your email.

Gmail update?

Have you checked your Google Play Store, or your Apple App Store for Gmail updates?

Updates keep your apps functioning properly and securely, it’s always recommended to update your apps whenever possible. This mitigates any security issues, or syncing errors.

Try logging out and logging back in

We left this one for last:

Have you tried turning it OFF, then ON again?

Logging out of your account, and then logging back in will force servers to sync, and maybe that elusive email will finally find its way home.

Conclusion

There could be several reasons why your Gmail is not receiving emails. Some possible causes include internet connectivity issues, emails being accidentally deleted or sent to the trash folder, problems with external email clients, or technical issues with the device or browser you are using to access your email. By reviewing each step from our guide, you may quickly identify where the issue comes from!

This guide was written by Guy Bou Samra, copywriter at Mailmeteor. Mailmeteor is a simple & privacy-focused emailing software. Trusted by millions of users worldwide, it is often considered as the best tool send newsletters with Gmail. Give us a try and let us know what you think!

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