It seems Google wants to make Inbox the default email app for Gmail. I'm a fan of the app, though there are a couple of caveats to using it.
The first is you cannot use the Inbox app with any email account other than a Google account; I hope that will change soon. The second issue is adding multiple Gmail accounts is possible but not intuitive. I'll show you how to add an account in Inbox.
Adding an account
- Open Inbox.
- From the main window, tap the overflow button (three horizontal lines) in the upper left corner.
- When the sidebar opens (Figure A), tap the downward pointing arrow to the right of your Gmail address (it could be hidden in your Gmail profile banner image), and tap Add Account. Figure A
- You will be prompted to enter your security PIN/Pattern/Password to continue on. Enter the new Gmail address followed by the password.
- Accept the Google EULA, and the account will be added.
Adding a new account to Google Inbox.
Switching between accounts
Switching between accounts is simple. Open Inbox, tap the Overflow menu, and then tap the icon associated with the account you want to use (Figure B).
Switching between accounts on Inbox.
In need of IMAP
Unfortunately, the only way to read your non-Google email in Inbox is to have it forwarded to your Gmail account. Most people will not prefer that option.
I hope that in the near future Google will see the need to add IMAP support to Inbox. In fact, this will become a necessity if Google drops Gmail. Why? Because there will be no built-in email client for IMAP on the Android ecosystem. Users would have to turn to third-party apps for IMAP or POP3 email, and that is not something Google will want.
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