Gmail came into being in 2004. I remember when it started, I was just getting into email as a 16-year-old. It was great and classic! This post isn’t about Gmail though. I’m going to talk about the tool that Google released 10 years later in 2014. It revolutionized how we use email. I will share with you how using Google Inbox could just make you wish you had it!
Using Google Inbox
The main inbox view
- On the left column, you will see three main categories, Inbox, Snoozed, and Done. I will explain the other two a little later in this post.
- All across the top, you will see a large Search box. Bring the power of Google search into your inbox like you have never had it before.
- In the center, you see your mail items. They are stored in conversation view just like Gmail, but they are in a card-type view that looks cleaner.
- You will see some new categories in Inbox, a couple that I have highlighted are Finance and Purchases. Google intelligently categorizes your email for you. The purchases category has a very quick view of the receipts/invoices that you may have received without having to read the full email.
There are a few new things you can do to your email when you are using Google Inbox:
- My favorite feature of Inbox is the Snooze feature.
You can select this on any email. This allows you to clean out your inbox view by having email get “resent” to you when you want it to. You can do it either by time or by a Google geofence! Next time you get a chance, try out this feature.
- The second feature that I will highlight in this post is the “Mark Done” feature. It is just like the archive feature in Gmail but feels better because it’s a checkmark. It will move your email into the “Done” category, but it will not lose its original context label.
I hope that just highlighting a few of these features assists you in using Google Inbox, and even makes you want to set it up!