Google Discontinuing 'Inbox by Gmail' in March 2019, Points Users Toward Gmail

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Just over two months after Google updated the "Inbox by Gmail" app for iOS to support iPhone X, the company this week announced that it will discontinue the service at the end of March 2019.


    Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more. The company says that in the four years of the app's life it has "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client.

    Because of this, and to maintain a "more focused approach," Google will shutter Inbox by Gmail and focus entirely on Gmail.
    In an effort to help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, the company has set up a new guide on its support website. Google says that the new Gmail, which launched in April, will be a nice home for former Inbox users since it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, as well as some new ones.

    Article Link: Google Discontinuing 'Inbox by Gmail' in March 2019, Points Users Toward Gmail
  2. OldSchoolMacGuy Suspended


    Jul 10, 2008
    One of the rare times when Google discontinues a product because they've absorbed the functionality elsewhere, rather than just discontinuing it and leaving the users out in the cold.
  3. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    Didn’t like that app when it first came out. Went back to the Gmail app and never looked back. Guess the updates didn’t make it any better.
  4. greensworld, Sep 13, 2018
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    greensworld macrumors newbie


    Sep 13, 2018
    NO NO NO - the Inbox app makes everything som much "cleaner" than the gmail...right now everything in my Inbox that has to do with travel is automaticcally grouped under each trip ... I just opened gmail (which I havent used since the Inbox app came out - and now there is just a bundle of travel e-mails in one big mess :(

    I am really dissapointed about this :(
  5. Ebok Suspended

    Aug 22, 2018
    Does the gmail app allow you to attach iCloud files yet?
  6. GrumpyMom macrumors 604


    Sep 11, 2014
    As someone who doesn’t want to feel “stuck” in any one ecosystem and therefore looks for cross platform solutions, I have grown a bit wary about Google’s long history of starting a service that sounds great, but ends up needing work that never gets done but instead results in rolling all users over to something else entirely or leaving them stranded in an abandoned wasteland. Sometimes the new thing does turn out to be better, but it’s always confusing and disorienting to make the switchover. They’ve rolled over my Google Play music into something new and better, or so I’m told. But the fact of the matter is I’ve got too much going on and don’t really feel like figuring out the new shiney thing they’re pushing.
  7. fatalogic macrumors regular


    Aug 16, 2016
    This is why I switched to iPhone. I’m tired of them starting stuff then dropping it. I have both on my phone but inbox was way better for my personal email because it seemed to sort better than gmail.
  8. BigMcGuire Contributor


    Jan 10, 2012
    Never understood why... with a company as massive as Google... how it would really hurt them all that much to keep stuff like this running? Back when I was a Google Fan I got burned way too many times by this. Google Reader, Gears, Notebook, Wave, iGoogle, Google Code, ... I could go on and on. Now, I'd rather pay for a product that sticks around than have my personal data sold to use a free product that may not be around tomorrow. I value my privacy much more today. If you're not paying for the product... you are the product being sold.

    I remember when Inbox came out. I liked it and wondered when gmail was going to be discontinued. lol.
  9. M.PaulCezanne macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2014
    I probably should have stuck with it. I don’t like the GMail app either.
  10. jon159785 macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2010
    Richmond VA
    I use Inbox to get notifications only for email in Primay - even though I don’t read or manage mail using Inbox - i stilll read/reply with Apple native app.

    Is there any other app or setting to get notifications about emails in primary only?
  11. mamalucian macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2010
    Why don’t they merge Waze into Google Maps already with faster turn by turn and ability to run the app on top with notifications like Apple and Google Maps does. Crazy we have to click back to Waze every time we leave the app while driving.
  12. Music Ambulance macrumors regular

    Music Ambulance

    Oct 31, 2008
    This is exactly why I’ve just learnt to hate email, and enjoy hating it
  13. aforty, Sep 13, 2018
    Last edited: Sep 13, 2018

    aforty macrumors 65816


    Nov 27, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'd be fine with it if Gmail now supports the snooze feature. Does it? It's invaluable to me to keep my inbox empty and organized.

    /edit Oh, I guess it does.
  14. dontwalkhand macrumors 603


    Jul 5, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    What’s new? I don’t trust Google products certainly not for their longevity.
  15. lifeisepic macrumors 6502


    Mar 23, 2013
    Classic Google, killing off another failed venture.
  16. stevie grant macrumors regular

    Oct 28, 2016
    Unlike Apple, who just lets their products go without updates for years on end...
  17. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    If only they never bought Sparrow in the first place
  18. randomplaydo macrumors member

    Oct 9, 2014
    "Hey everybody, it's Google here. You know that email program that had the interface that was super clean, simple, easy to use, and nothing like gmail (in a good way)? Yeah, we're gonna drop that and have you use gmail again. Don't worry, it's just like inbox because it has a round button now. And we added the features that you won't be able to find anymore. Thaaaaaaaanks"
  19. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    you can still do that in gmail, if you used their tabbed categories. go into notification settings and select PRIMARY only.
  20. bstpierre macrumors 6502a

    Mar 28, 2008
    This thread makes me question my decision to use Google Keep.
  21. zkw87 macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2017
  22. JGIGS macrumors 65816


    Jan 1, 2008
    I think it does but not as well as inbox and I don't think gmail has snooze option on ios notifications. At least that's what I remember when I briefly tried the gmail app again when they introduced snooze. Could be wrong though. I just remember not liking something about the gmail app. I actually wanted to like it more than inbox as well.
    --- Post Merged, Sep 13, 2018 ---
    I mean I rather have just one email client from Google but at least merge or transfer all the good features from the beta inbox into gmail. Hopefully that happens before they officially axe Inbox.
  23. ericg301 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2010
    it does have snooze but it takes a few more taps than it did in INBOX

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