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Gmail is a fantastic email service, and a great alternative to Yahoo, which saw 500 million user accounts hacked in 2014, and AOL, the preferred email service for Mike Pence business. If you want to tap into the power and cloud storage offered by Google's Gmail service, but don't necessarily like the Gmail apps put out from Mountain View, then you've got plenty of choice when it comes to alternatives.
Labels are Gmail's secret weapon that let you organise your inbox on your own terms. Once they're set up, they do most of your message processing automatically and make it easier to skim through your inbox. If you're not using labels in Gmail yet — or not using them with any kind of method — here are 6 ways you can start organising your inbox immediately.
Gmail is one of the best email apps available, but there's still a lot of room for improvement. Luckily, there are a bunch of handy plug-ins, add-ons, and extensions that can add extra features to Google's email service. Here are five of our favourites that make managing our Gmail inboxes even easier.
Inbox by Gmail has been around for almost two years, and while it continues to exist alongside Gmail, it's easy to see that Google engineers see Inbox as the email app of the future. New features are being added on a regular basis, and with each one, it's slowly becoming smarter and easier to use. Here are five reasons you should consider switching to Inbox right now.
Not all emails are what they seem. Many messages come with embedded code designed to tell the sender when (and even where) you open them up. It's a trick often used by marketing companies to work out if you're actually paying any attention to them, but there are ways of spotting this kind of email tracking.
If, like me, you're stuck in the limbo between personal email on Gmail and a work account on Microsoft's Exchange or Office 365, you've probably dealt with the problem by installing and using two email apps simultaneously on your Android phone — I hot-swap between Gmail and Outlook. Now, though, you can juggle your email apps no longer; Google has officially switched on Exchange support within the stock standard Gmail app on Android.
If you have the default inbox view in place on Gmail, you'll see tab headers like Primary, Social, Updates, and Promotions across the top of your messages. By simply dragging and dropping messages between tabs, you can set up customised filters for your incoming emails and make sure Gmail gets smarter at sorting your messages automatically.
Google is now offering Yahoo and Hotmail/Outlook users the opportunity to "Gmailify" their accounts. It might be shocking to the Gmail-centric mainstream, but there are millions of people still using these email services. Not only do they use them — but they use them with the Gmail app their iOS and Android devices.
If you've configured two-step verification for your Gmail account, rather than checking your mobile for codes you can plug in a verified USB stick instead. You can carry it wherever you go, and of course, it doesn't lose battery or signal. According to Google, it also offers better protection against phishing attacks. Here's how you can set it up.
Google developed two very good email clients for the web, Android, and iOS, but you don't have to choose between them. It's possible to use the two apps together, taking advantage of the best features from both to power through your overflowing inbox. Here are some tips on how to do it without getting in a complete tangle.