Gmail loads slowly

By Jskid · 6 replies
Sep 9, 2011
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  1. Whenever I'm on campus gmail loads very slowly, even with the basic html view. Other people have this problem and I tried using IE and Firefox. Why does this happen and is there anything I can do?

    Not sure if relevant but the degree of slowness varies.
  2. Neil010

    Neil010 TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Perhaps you have a slow connection. Or your connection is shared.
  3. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    Everything else is fast. Also logging out from gmail is slow.
  4. Neil010

    Neil010 TS Rookie Posts: 53

    Another reason is that there might be a conflict with software on your computer, browser cache that needs to be cleared, or a temporary problem on the Gmail server.
    Here are some tips to increase speed:
    Decrease the number of experimental “Gmail Labs” settings that you have enabled.
    Try enabling only the features that you really need. You can do this safely and effectively by disabling all the Gmail Labs features, testing the speed, enabling one feature, and then re-testing the speed. Repeat this until a slowdown occurs. You will know which Labs feature is the culprit and you can disable it to avoid slowness.

    Decrease the number of browser extensions or plugins
    If you are running Firefox with extensions installed, your memory usage may be particularly high. Following a similar procedure as in the first tip above: disable all extensions, test the browser speed, enable one extension, re-test the speed, and repeat ad nauseam as necessary. Once a slowdown occurs the extension causing the problem will be known. Then disable that extension, and add others as needed.
    Note that this is more time-consuming the the “Gmail Labs” tip above.

    Use HTML mode
    Using HTML mode is very quick, but unfortunately you sacrifice some of the AJAX-driven features and niceties. The most noticeable difference besides increased speed, is that the browser has to refresh more often. Even with this negative aspect, HTML mode is usually faster.

    Use Mobile mode
    Although this was originally intended for mobile devices, mobile mode works quickly and easily from a standard web browser. It’s a no-frills way to get into Gmail, read through your messages, and get out. This mode works perfectly – it’s no nonsense and mean business.

    Use a third-party email client
    I am confident that at least one of the above options will work for you to speed up Gmail load times, but if you don’t like those tips you can use a different email client to access Gmail. Thunderbird is an excellent email client which works on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Enable the IMAP/POP settings within Gmail, set up the Gmail POP/IMAP settings within Thunderbird, and then use Thunderbird to fetch, read, and send email.
    While this works fine, the principle drawback of this method is that you have to be using the computer where Thunderbird is installed. Once you are at another computer or mobile device, tip number three or four become quite useful.

    Hope this helps.

  5. napster8969

    napster8969 TS Rookie

    i am having the same problem so i started using the opera browser it works faster nowadays for me
  6. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    also yahoo mail loads fine but it hangs on adding attachments. This is just ridiculous.
  7. Jskid

    Jskid TS Guru Topic Starter Posts: 346

    You know something you're right. Thanks man :)
    how does that work?

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