5 Reasons to Try Inbox by Gmail

by Randy Fairfield, 1/5/17

Inbox by Gmail is an app from Google that has seamlessly interplay with Gmail itself. For me personally, I prefer to use the Inbox app on my phone and prefer using Gmail when I’m working from a PC. There’s more than five, but here are some of the biggest reasons why I love the Inbox app!

#1) The visible preview of attachments with the Inbox app is INCREDIBLY helpful when I’m on my phone.

Here’s a side-by-side comparison of what I see on my phone when I’m using the Gmail app versus the Inbox app:

#2) You can “snooze” your Gmail messages, have them disappear for awhile, and then reappear when you’re ready to deal with them later!

The only emails I leave in my Inbox are the ones that I know I still need to deal with; the rest get deleted or archived away. Sometimes, though, my Inbox can still get cluttered due to the volume of email I am dealing with, and there can be an email that sits at the bottom of my Inbox for a while because I don’t need to deal with it for a long time. In such a case, the snooze feature with the Inbox app can be particularly helpful!

#3) You can pin an email to the top of your Inbox.

If you’ve got a lot to juggle, sometimes being able to simply pin the most important email you haven’t had a chance to address to the top of your Inbox can be a useful way to stay organized.

#4) Set reminders so you don’t forget to respond to messages.

I am really, really forgetful. Like, “I feel really bad for my wife” kind of forgetful. Using organizational tools like Google Calendar, having key notifications set on my phone, and all using the reminder tool in Inbox helps me make sure that my forgetfulness doesn’t catch up to me professionally. We all need reminders sometimes, but some of us (like me) need them more than others.

#5) There’s a window of time after you click send where you can “undo” and retract the message!

Now that I’ve admitted my forgetfulness, I might as well go full mea culpa here and admit that sometimes I can be impulsive. I can get so excited to send an email that I don’t proofread first, or sometimes I immediately think, “Wait a minute… was I ready to send that?” after I’ve already clicked the send button! With Inbox I can click the undo button immediately after having that gut feeling. You’ve got be pretty quick though as you don’t get a very large frame of time before you’re out of luck. You can do this with Gmail too, but this is too important not to share!

Randy Fairfield, MEd and MBA, is a teacher and consultant in the Richland School District in Eastern Washington. He is also a Google for Education Certified Trainer, Edmodo Certified Trainer and Hapara Champion Trainer and Consultant.

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