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Gmail Go is now available on the Play Store for all Android users

Gmail on the Galaxy Note 10
Gmail on the Galaxy Note 10 (Image credit: Android Central)

What you need to know

  • Gmail Go, a lighter version of the Gmail app designed for Android Go devices, is now available to download for all Android phones.
  • While the app has a near-identical UI to the regular Gmail app, it is optimized for devices with less RAM.
  • Unlike the regular Gmail app, however, it doesn't offer Google Meet integration.

Nearly three years back, Google introduced the first "Go" versions of some of its most popular apps, optimized for Android Go devices featuring low RAM and storage. As spotted by the folks at 9to5Google, Google's Gmail Go app is now available for all Android users on the Play Store.

According to the app description on the Play Store, the Gmail Go app is "lighter and just as fast" as the regular Gmail app. While screenshots of the app haven't been added to the Play Store listing yet, the app has a similar UI to the regular app. You get support for multiple accounts, spam protection, and the same smart inbox.

Gmail Gmail Go Comparison

Source: 9to5Google (Image credit: Source: 9to5Google)

There are, however, some key differences too. The app icon has a red "Go" badge at the bottom, while Google Meet hasn't been integrated into the app yet. Whether or not the app will get a bottom bar with Meet integration in the future, is something that remains to be seen. Since the app has been designed specifically for low-end devices, the UI doesn't have any layering. You get a white outline for the search field and an elongated Compose button. As noted by 9to5Google, the app's frame rate has also been capped, which results in noticeable lag when scrolling.

With Gmail Go now available to download for all Android phones, Assistant Go and YouTube Go remain the only "Go" apps that are still exclusive to Android Go phones.

Babu Mohan
Babu Mohan
7 Comments
  • Unfortunately it says not compatible with my unlocked Galaxy s20 on verizon.
  • This has been reported on a number of newer Samsung flagship devices, as well as some devices manufactured by OnePlus and Google (Pixel 4/4a). Apparently, Google Play Services on yours and other devices is mismatching the API level and the APK architecture, resulting in a compatibility notification and failure to install. Go to apkmirror.com, search for Gmail Go, and download the noarch/nodpi apk package. Grant permission when prompted to install apps from your browser, and Gmail Go will properly install. This bug has been reported to Samsung and other OEMs, so hopefully future OTAs will patch this issue.
  • Also saying not compatible on Pixel 4a
  • Xda-developer1603, that did the trick, thank you
  • Glad it done the trick. The issue will likely be resolved soon via OTA maintenance update.
  • Not compatible with my Galaxy S7
  • This has been reported on a number of Samsung flagship devices, as well as some devices manufactured by OnePlus and Google (Pixel 4/4a). Apparently, Google Play Services on yours and other devices is mismatching the API level and the APK architecture, resulting in a compatibility notification and failure to install. Go to apkmirror.com, search for Gmail Go, and download the noarch/nodpi apk package. Grant permission when prompted to install apps from your browser, and Gmail Go will properly install. This bug has been reported to Samsung and other OEMs, so hopefully future OTAs will patch this issue.
    Guitarmantyler has reported that this work around was successful on his device.