New Gmail Inbox

On Wednesday, Google announced that they’ll be making some changes to the Gmail inbox. These changes are supposed to make it easier to sort email. Sometimes change can be a little overwhelming, especially with technology you’ve grown accustomed to. Here are a few things to know about the new Gmail inbox before it becomes available for you:

Google will be splitting your inbox into five categories:

  • Primary- emails from friends, family, and other regular email contacts
  • Social- messages from social networks, etc. (Example: “so and so favorited your tweet”)
  • Forums- messages from discussion boards and other online groups
  • Updates- bills, statements, receipts, and order confirmations (example: Amazon order message)
  • Promotions- offers and deals (example: 50% off sale at your favorite store)


While these categories are set, you can create filters or move messages to where you’d like them to be. The categories will be set as tabs in your inbox for easy navigation.

The new Gmail inbox will be gradually rolled out over the next few weeks. Keep an eye on your settings section, where this new option will be available. If you fear change, or don’t like the new inbox, no worries! You’ll still have the option of using the classic Gmail inbox. The categories and tabs can be turned off at any time.

For a more in depth look at Gmail’s new inbox check out these articles from Tech Crunch and Venture Beat.


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