Why there is a Save button on Gmail’s compose new email screen on the iPad

Gmailcompose_317x207  I figured out why there is a giant "Save" button on the new mail screens of Gmail on the iPad. 

I was writing a long email to a friend, and I wanted to copy/paste a URL into the message. The URL was already in another open tab, so I simply switched over to it, waited for it to reload, copied the URL from the address bar, then switched back to my Gmail screen.

…and my gmail new message window was blank. Poof! My unsent email was gone.

Turns out I had a 400 comment monster thread loaded in another tab and the iPad seems to not do so well with memory allocation for rendering all your open web windows, clearing out and reloading them whenever you re-request them.

The funny part is that after five years of using Gmail, I've grown so used to its automatic saving of drafts that it never occurred to me that I even had to hit that Save button myself. I assume the javascript necessary to auto-save drafts isn't available on mobile safari, but the big takeaway here is hit the Save button whenever you're in the middle of writing an email and you want to switch apps or switch windows.

2 Comments

  • Ouch. I can’t imagine that Mobile Safari javascript is incapable of auto-saving, though. Maybe it’s some concession to a mobile device with limited connectivity? That doesn’t make much sense either.

  • Well, this was on a WiFi-only iPad, so no mobile carrier connectivity issues really. I figure it’d be auto-save if they could do it, there must be some js limitation in mobile safari.

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