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How to get the new Gmail inbox without waiting

Gmail has rolled out some new features to help with your productivity, but many people still don’t have it, but it could be hidden inside of their settings, so here’s how to get it set up in three seconds flat.

new gmail inbox

new gmail inbox

The new Gmail inbox

Google understands that while all email goes to one box, not all email is created equal, so in that spirit, they are rolling out a new tabbed inbox to all users, albeit slowly. The Gmail team said in a statement, ” All of these emails can compete for our attention and make it harder to focus on the things we need to get done. Sometimes it feels like our inboxes are controlling us, rather than the other way around. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, Gmail is getting a brand new inbox on desktop and mobile that puts you back in control using simple, easy organization.”

Continuing their quest to automatically prioritize mail, Gmail will offer new inbox groups after a user chooses which categories they want, allowing users to drag and drop to move messages between tabs and set certain senders to always appear in a specific tab while automatically starring that sender’s message so they appear in the Primary tab.

In the Gmail on Android 4.0+ as well as on iPhone and iPad, users see the Primary mail tab automatically, but “If the new inbox isn’t quite your style, you can simply switch off all optional tabs to go back to classic view, or switch to any of your other favorite inbox types.”

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How to get the new Gmail inbox without waiting

We have been waiting like many of you, frustrated that the email robots aren’t doing their magic in our inboxes yet, but wait no more – most users (not all) can turn the new features on themselves.

If you want to try it out, click on the grey gear in the top right of your inbox and if you see “configure inbox,” click it and get yourself set up. Easy as pie:

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  1. Elayne Whitfield

    June 12, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t have the option to configure inbox so I called Google and they tell me that you only GET that option if they have already rolled it out to you.

    • Eric

      June 14, 2013 at 11:03 am

      +1 for me – No option to configure. Boo!

  2. James Kuypers

    June 16, 2013 at 5:40 pm

    Cute function, but maybe I still prefer one inbox to get to 0. But, I’ll definitely try it out before I judge.

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