China blocks access to Gmail through apps

Access to the Gmail website has been blocked for some time in China, but now the Chinese government is also blocking access to Gmail through apps. The block affects not just the official Gmail apps, but also accessing Gmail through third-party apps.

Said Google in a statement:

"We've checked and there's nothing wrong on our end."

Traffic to Gmail from China, according to Google's Transparency Report has plummeted to next to nothing, indicating that there are still some Chinese users that have managed to circumvent the block by using a VPN, but most are currently out of luck. Gmail joins Google Search and Google Maps in being blocked by Chinese authorities, as well as Facebook.

Source: Bloomberg

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

7 Comments
  • Gotta love living in America.
  • No matter how many problems this country has, I'm glad to be here. Sent from the iMore App
  • Why is it blocked to begin with Sent from the iMore App
  • It's China....they want to be able to read everyones email.
  • bingo. The Chinese government has a well known policy of blocking what they cannot control when it comes to content.
  • I wouldn't buy anything from China, or North Korea even if they weren't sanctioned. Sent from the iMore App
  • Does anyone know if gmail is being blocked when used through the apple Mail apps? In China that is...