How to Check E-Mail on the Nexus 7 Tablet - dummies

How to Check E-Mail on the Nexus 7 Tablet

The Nexus 7 tablet works flawlessly with Gmail. In fact, if Gmail is already set up to be your main e-mail address, you’ll enjoy having access to your messages all the time by using your tablet.

Non-Gmail e-mail, handled by the Email app, must be set up before it can be used. After completing the quick and occasionally painless setup, you can receive e-mail on your tablet just as you can on a computer.

How to get a new e-mail message on the Nexus 7 tablet

You’re alerted to the arrival of a new e-mail message in your tablet by a notification icon. The icon differs depending on the e-mail’s source.

For a new Gmail message, you see the New Gmail notification, shown in the margin, appear at the top of the touchscreen.


For a new e-mail message, you see the New Email notification.


Pull down the notifications shade to review your e-mail notifications. You see either a single notification representing the most recent message or the total number of pending messages listing the various senders and subjects.

Choosing an e-mail notification takes you to the appropriate e-mail inbox.

How to check your e-mail inbox on the Nexus 7 tablet

To peruse your Gmail, start the Gmail app. The Gmail app can be a chameleon; its look changes whether you orient the tablet vertically or horizontally.


To check your Email inbox, open the Email app. You’re taken to the inbox for your primary e-mail account.

When your multiple e-mail accounts are accessed from the Email app, you can view your universal inbox by choosing the Combined View command from the Account menu.


Don’t bother looking for your Gmail inbox in the Combined View window. Gmail is its own app; your Gmail messages don’t show up in the universal inbox.

  • Search your Gmail messages by touching the Search button.

  • Gmail is organized by using labels, not folders. To see your Gmail labels, view the sidebar by touching the App button.

  • The Email app accesses all your non-Gmail accounts.

  • Multiple e-mail accounts that are gathered in the Email app are color coded. When you view the combined inbox, you see a color code to the left of each message — if messages from multiple accounts are available.

How to read an e-mail message on the Nexus 7 tablet

As mail comes in, you can read it by choosing a new e-mail notification. Reading and working with the message operate much the same whether you’re using the Gmail app or Email app.

Touch a message to read it. The message text appears on the right side of the window or full screen. Scroll the message up or down by using your finger.

To access additional e-mail commands, touch the Menu icon that appears in the upper-right corner of the screen (shown in the margin). The commands that are available on the menu depend on what you’re doing in the Gmail app or Email app at the time you touch the icon.


  • Before reading a message, you may have to choose the inbox from the labels or folders on the left side of the screen.

  • Touching the star by a message helps you more quickly find it in the future. Starred messages can be viewed or searched separately.


  • If you properly configure the Email program, there’s no need to delete messages you read.

How to reply to or forward an e-mail message on Nexus 7

After you read an incoming message, you may choose to reply. This chore, as well as the task of forwarding a message, is handled by the blue bar that appears when you read a Gmail or Email message. You can use one of these three icon buttons:

Reply: Touch to reply to a message. A new message window appears, but the To field is already filled out. The same subject is also referenced, and the original message text is quoted.


Reply All: Touch to respond to everyone who received the original message, including folks on the Cc line. Use this option only when everyone else must get a copy of your reply. Because most people find endless Reply All e-mail threads annoying, use the Reply All option judiciously.


Forward: Touch to copy the message contents to someone else.


After choosing any option — Reply, Reply All, or Forward — your next step is to create the new message.