One vacation season is behind us and another is on its way. That's right, the holiday season draws near. With the next few months, people will be taking the last vestiges of their vacation time for the holidays. Because of that, you need to, once again, set up your auto vacation replies. If you use Outlook or Exchange, chances are you've known how to set this up for quite some time. But if you're a Gmail user—and you've made the switch to Inbox by Gmail, what do you do? Fortunately, the developers of the app have added a handy vacation responder to the mobile version. If you use Inbox on the desktop, that feature has yet to appear (although if you set the vacation responder in Gmail, it will auto-direct to Inbox and work as expected). Of course, if you use Inbox by Gmail on your desktop, chances are you use it on your mobile device. With that said, let's see how to set up the vacation auto response. This feature will work for both the Android and iOS version of the app.
Creating an autoresponder
I will be demonstrating this on Android 7.1.1, using the latest release of Inbox by Gmail. The process will be the same, regardless of platform.
The first thing to do is open the Inbox by Gmail app. Once the app is open, tap on the menu button in the upper left-hand corner. Tap Settings and then tap the Gmail account you wish to configure. Now tap Vacation responder (Figure A).
In the resulting window (Figure B), you will first have to turn the Vacation responder on, by tapping the On/Off slider in the upper right-hand corner.
One the responder is on, you can then set your First day, Last day, type a subject, and message body for the responder. You can also tap to enable sending the responder only to those in your Contacts. I tend to recommend this, especially if you subscribe to mailing lists (otherwise you will respond to every mail that comes in from that mailing list with your responder—which could get you kicked off the list or generally irritate members of the list). Fill out all of that information and, when complete, tap DONE.
That's all there is to setting up a vacation responder. There are only two things left to do: enjoy your vacation time and worry about responding to that deluge of email when you return to work.
Gmail made easy
Inbox by Gmail has done a remarkable job of making the management of email easy. Although it may not have all the bells and whistles that accompanies Gmail, Inbox offers just enough to make it a viable solution. With the inclusion of an easy-to-use vacation responder feature, Inbox by Gmail is made even more appealing to business users.
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