Mobility

Google Inbox makes managing low priority emails a snap

If you're on the fence about switching from Gmail to Google Inbox, Jack Wallen highlights several features that could sway your decision.

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Google recently made an interesting change regarding email. When you click Gmail from within Google Docs or attempt to go to gmail.com, you are automatically redirected to inbox.google.com. This should tell you something about Google's plans with regards to which app may become the default in the near future.

Hint hint... Inbox.

If you've been hesitant to give Inbox a try, maybe you're unsure how to get the most out of this app. After all, you've been using Gmail for years, and it works perfectly for your needs.

Even though Inbox might be missing a few of Gmail's power-user-friendly features, it is an outstanding app. If you decide to go with Inbox, these tips on using its low priority features will come in handy.

How to use the Low Priority label

Everyone receives email that, on the surface, may not be spam, but is low enough of a priority that it doesn't deserve your immediate attention. What do you do? You use the Low Priority label, which works the same way as marking an email not important in Gmail.

  1. Open the email in question.
  2. Tap the Menu button (three vertical dots in the upper right corner).
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the popup menu.
  4. Tap Low Priority (Figure A).

Figure A

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Marking an email Low Priority on a Verizon-branded Nexus 6.

Bundle your messages

In case you don't want to treat low priority emails as spam, but don't want to see them appear as they arrive, you can set them as a bundle to appear in your inbox and then set that bundle to digest mode. This way you won't miss something that you might need to see, but have determined it to be low priority.

Follow these steps if you want to bundle low priority messages in your inbox for even easier deletion.

  1. From the main Inbox window, swipe right from the left edge to reveal the sidebar.
  2. Scroll down in the sidebar and tap Low Priority.
  3. Tap the Gear icon in the Low Priority screen to get to the settings.
  4. Under BEHAVIOR, enable Bundle Messages In The Inbox (Figure B).

Figure B

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Bundling Low Priority messages.

If you don't want to see low priority messages in your inbox at all, you can enable Skip The Inbox, and they'll be treated the same way as spam.

Manage your bundles

Bundles are an excellent feature that make handling related emails so much more efficient. Out of the box, bundles work great, but you can tweak the feature to make it work even better. One such tweak is how often bundles are presented to you.

Say, for example, the Social bundle is of less importance to you, and you'd like to not see it appear every time a message arrives. You can opt to switch that particular bundle to digest mode and only show it once a day or once a week.

  1. Open Inbox.
  2. Tap the Social bundle (you can do this to any Bundle).
  3. Tap the Gear icon to open the settings for the Bundle.
  4. Tap Show Bundle.
  5. Select the option you want from the popup (Figure C).

Figure C

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Setting the Social Bundle for digest mode.

Summary

Google Inbox's features make it difficult to ignore, and even more are on their way — watch for Smart Replies coming soon.

Have you found a feature in Google Inbox that helped you to look away from Gmail for the last time? If so, tell us about it.

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About Jack Wallen

Jack Wallen is an award-winning writer for TechRepublic and Linux.com. He’s an avid promoter of open source and the voice of The Android Expert. For more news about Jack Wallen, visit his website jackwallen.com.

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