How Inbox works with Gmail

How Inbox works with Gmail

Inbox was built by the Gmail team to give you a new way stay organised and get back to what matters. Everything from Gmail (your emails, contacts and labels) is available in Inbox. Gmail and Inbox stay in sync so that what you do in one app is carried over to the other. Gmail and Inbox have many of the same features, but there are differences. To get the most from Inbox, try to use it for all your emails. You can always switch to Gmail when you need to.

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How features in Inbox and Gmail work together

Table comparing common actions

Some features work the same way in Gmail as they do in Inbox, like Archive and Done. For some other Gmail actions, there’s an Inbox feature that does something similar, but works a bit differently.

Common actions that are the same
Gmail Inbox
Archive Done Mark done
Delete Move to the Bin Move to
Report spam Move to Spam Move to
Compose Compose
Common actions that are similar
Gmail Inbox
Star Pin Pin
Read later (mark as unread) Snooze Snooze
Email yourself Create a reminder
Organise with inbox categories Bundle labels in your inbox
Create labels & filters Create customised labels & add emails automatically
How actions in Inbox affect Gmail

Your emails are synced between Gmail and Inbox, so in general, what you do in Inbox also happens in Gmail. Here are a few important examples:

  • Moving an email to the Bin in Inbox deletes it in Gmail.
  • If you create or delete a label in Inbox, it will be created or deleted in Gmail.
  • When you automatically add emails to a label or choose the “Always do this” option when moving emails, a filter will be created in Gmail.

Features that are only in Inbox won’t be carried over. Here are a couple of examples:

  • Reminders won’t be shown in Gmail.
  • Pinning an email has no effect in Gmail.
Settings in Gmail that are carried over to Inbox

Some settings can only be changed in Gmail, but they’ll be carried over to Inbox. Here are a few examples:

  • Out of Office AutoReply
  • Filters that delete or forward emails
  • Turning keyboard shortcuts on or off
  • Sending emails as a different address
  • Importing and forwarding emails

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Gmail features not in Inbox

This is only the beginning for Inbox, and we’re working hard to add more features.


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