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February 17, 2016


Gmail's app for Android is more than a mobile app for Gmail, it's also a general-purpose mail client. You can add IMAP, POP3 or Exchange accounts and use the Gmail app to read, compose and organize your mail. Now Google added the option to Gmailify your email accounts, which means bringing Gmail features without having to switch to a Gmail account.

"Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles — spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based on your mail — without having to leave your current address behind. All you need to do is open the Gmail app, sign in to your email account(s), and enable Gmailify," informs Google.

Which features are available? Spam protection, automatic categorization, labels, better search with support for advanced search operators, travel and hotel reservations appearing automatically in Google Now, better mobile notifications and all the other Gmail features.

How does it work? You can link your non-Gmail address (Yahoo Mail,, AOL Mail, etc.) to an existing Gmail account or to a new Gmail account. "When you sign in to the linked Gmail address, you'll see your messages from the other email provider in your mailbox. You'll be able to read, reply, and organize them just like you do in Gmail." The Gmail app keeps everything in sync, so a read email will be marked as read in the original account, archived messages will be added to a new Archive folder, while Gmail labels will be treated like folders.


  1. What about inbox? Which one will be dropped by google? Gmail or inbox?

  2. Cool! Wish there was a Chrome Extension that did the same... Is there?

  3. Can I use the Gmailify feature on a Desktop computer. NOT just Mobile device.

    1. From the looking around I have done, it looks like only the Android Client. Not iOS or Desktop/web, and not Inbox in any form (yet). Although I get the feeling we are getting an early release. Rather than wait for all clients to come about, release what you have, and you can use the information from that release to inform your other releases, or to decide if you are even going to release other clients (ie if nobody uses it, don't bother to make other clients).

    2. Awweseom. Much appreciated RObert.

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  5. This news needs some correction. Gmailify feature supports only Outlook and Yahoo at this point. Would love to have support for AOL but sadly it does not.


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