I’ve collated some tips to fix your gmail slowness:
- First things first, make sure your internet connection is speedy.
- Switch to a modern browser, like Google Chrome.
- Delete your cookies, temporary internet files, and disable browser plugins.
- Disable any ‘Google Labs’ features you have enabled for your Gmail account. Disable Gchat.
- Add “?nocheckbrowser” to the URL — Try via this link: https://mail.google.com/gmail?nocheckbrowser
- Decrease the number of mails shown on one page. You can do this via General Settings via the ‘maximum page size’ setting.
- Use a third party email client, like Sparrow, Mac Mail, or Thunderbird.
- Try ‘basic HTML mode’.
- If all else has failed, you’ll want to decrease the total space of the items you’ve got stored in your Google Account. Protip: If you search for ‘before:1/1/2012′ you can select all mails that were sent before that date. Another useful search is ‘has:attachment’, which will find any emails with files attached.
If you’ve tried all of the above, you may be out of luck. According to a variety of sources, Google has been fixing the issue by moving users who have clout to new gmail servers. There are a few interesting workarounds being linked around the web. I recommend this one.
The Gmail team is most definitely aware of this and a fix is in the works. At SXSW this year there was a panel with four or five Gmail team members and this came up — they said it’s related to the size of your inbox, and that it has a lot of Googlers complaining internally too, since many of them have the oldest/large accounts… See http://techcrunch.com/2010/03/14/gmail-slow/
So there you have it folks. Google is now acknowledging the Gmail slowness issue. If you’re experiencing gmail slowness, or if you’ve got any tips for increasing gmail speediness, leave a comment below.