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Editors' Review

Inbox by Google reinterprets what an email client can do. Instead of displaying email in the sequence received, Inbox tries to impose order by collecting messages into bundles, grouped by topic or purpose.


Email collected by topic: Gmail uses tabs to organize messages, but Google's Inbox takes that concept several steps further. Inbox gathers messages into bundles based, for example, on trips, promotions, or purchases. You can see bundles in the Inbox sidebar and in the main window. You can also create your own bundle labels and move messages between bundles.

Info how you want it: Bundles offer snippets of info about email contents, letting you move through messages without having to open everything. You can control how often you see new messages in bundles: as soon as one arrives, once a day, or once a week.

Pin messages you want to return to: You can pin emails you want to follow up on. Pinning a email highlights it in the main Inbox window, as well as well as in a bundle, so you can quickly clear out your inbox and focus on what you need to do. You can also pin emails you want to hold on to and then tap the Sweep checkbox to move other messages out of the way.

Set reminders: Set reminders by clicking the red Create button and selecting Reminder. Reminders are pinned in your inbox, and you can set them to repeat or occur at a specific time. Reminders can also appear as cards in Google Now, if you are using it, and you can see Google Keep reminders in Inbox. You can also snooze reminders and emails.

Sweep away messages: Click the Sweep checkmark to the right of a message or reminder to move it out of your inbox and into Done in the main menu. You can sweep away a single message or everything not pinned.


Enforced order: Inbox's method of sorting and displaying messages is valuable if you think about email in terms of projects and topics. But if you prefer a more traditional approach, working with messages in chronological order, you may find yourself fighting against Inbox's topic-based system.

Bottom line

Inbox does a great job of presenting messages by related topics, giving you a running start on working through your email. And it works across platforms -- it's available as webmail and as iOS and Android apps. Those used to a more traditional time-based approach to email may find the focus on the topics more frustrating than useful.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.78.217178463.release

- Bug fixes and performance improvements


Publisher Google
Publisher web site
Release Date November 15, 2018
Date Added November 15, 2018
Version 1.78.217178463.release


Category Productivity Software
Subcategory Other

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Android
Additional Requirements None

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File Name External File


Total Downloads 13,229
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License Model Free
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Price Free
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