Smarter interface for Gmail?

I’d like to share a tip with you about using Googlemail, or Gmail, on your Android device.  The tip is also useful for desktop and laptop users as well.

In this gallery, I’ve shown what can happen in various instances of the Gmail app, especially on Android tablets:

The screen seems very cluttered, in various views. Also, the pop-up keyboard occasionally masks key areas, etc.

Here is what I think is a better way to use Gmail on an Android:

Instead of using the Email App, or the Gmail App, use your browser:

Go to

This link should “force” web Gmail to open in basic HTML.

After you sign in, and confirm  you want to view in this way, you may see this screen next:


TAP on the 3 horizontal lines to access the menu:


This should bring-up a view like this:

You need to SCROLL down to the bottom of the page, to get to this screen:

TAP or CLICK on Older version

You then get this view:


Here, you can see everything you need to access:

Your INBOX shows itself clearly.

You can COMPOSE a new email

You can see your various FOLDERS

You can even access your CONTACTS stored in your Gmail account.


I think the basic HTML interface is a much cleaner, faster way to view Gmail on your tablet. The App seems to “overdo” it! This may not be quite so useful on the iPad, because I think that the Mail App on the iPad actually handles Gmail very well.

Please let me know what you think, via my Facebook page:

Thanks for reading another free tip from:

Mark Giles


Airdroid – great way to manage your Android via your computer

airdroid-app-screenHere’s a great way to manage, manipulate and use your Android smartphone via your PC, simply by using your local wireless connection.

It’s called Airdroid, and consists of an App that you install on your Android device, and then a web link, which you use on your PC. (There is also a desktop App available, but I prefer the web link method.)

On the left is a screenshot of the app running on my Samsung Note 4.

Once you have set-up the app on your phone, and made the initial connection, no further installation is necessary; it all works from a link in your browser.




In the screenshot on the right, you can see how Airdroid Web appears, in your desktop browser. The icons and overlays can all be arranged according to your liking. In this view, you can see how I have opened the photos section, to view the photos on my smartphone.

There’s a whole lot more to Airdroid, which is fully explained in the online help, also accessed from the interface.

The best place to start is the online FAQ:

Airdroid – FAQ and help guide

Once you’ve got it installed, checkout the vast help resources from this link:

Airdroid: List of Help resources

Give it a go; it’s a simple way to manage your Android to your computer without a wire.