With receiving and reading emails on your Smart Phone or tablet becoming increasingly common, push email is something that is an option for you.
Push email has been around for a long time, some people love it, others don’t. I’ve got a couple of positives and negatives of using it, so you can make up your own mind.
Push email is where your email account on your mobile device is effectively always on and active. So when someone sends you an email, you will receive it straight away, rather than manually retrieving your emails by going into the mail app on your iPhone for example.
For some great statistics about how popular mobile email is as well as some great insights into smartphone usage, check out this earlier entry from Rob.
Push email on mobile devices has been around for a while but it is important to know that the outcomes are not all positive when using it.
The obvious positives of push email are that you will get emails as soon as possible (depending on internet availability) and if your colleagues are using it, you know they will get the email as soon as possible.
But as with anything there are always negatives and push email is no exception. Getting live emails may be very effective but it has been known to drain your battery quicker. There are mixed opinions about whether it uses more battery life or not, in my experience it does but I would love to hear from you if you feel that it is more battery efficient.
The set up of push email is fairly straightforward on most mobile devices, usually through the mail settings. To set it up on your iPhone follow the following steps:
Settings> Mail, Contact, Calendars> Fetch New Data> Switch “Push” to “ON”
If you scroll further down and go into “Advanced” you can have different settings for different email addresses.
Email signatures can also be seen and sent from your mobile device, this photo is a screen shot of the bottom of an email I sent to my iPhone. My Crossware Mail Signature can be seen clearly and is aligned correctly.
So if you are looking to set up ‘Push e-mail’ on your device there is not much to worry about. Both the positives and negatives are important to consider but you can just as easily switch it off if you don’t want to be bothered during your lunch break!