Google to shut down Inbox app in March 2019

Google to shut down Inbox app in March 2019
Google launched Inbox while it still tried to make Gmail better, but not as an alternative to the latter. Instead, Inbox was meant to provide Google with an active platform that would allow them to test new features in real-time.

For users, Inbox was a lighter version of Gmail, an email app focusing on what matter most while still offering some nifty features that weren't available to Gmail users. However, the latest major update that dropped back in April, which brought just about every feature of the Inbox to Gmail, made everyone think whether or not Google plans to discontinue the former.

Google was pretty adamant about the future of Inbox saying at that time that there's no reason users should be worried, as the app is here to stay. Fast forward several months and Google's plans for Inbox crumbled to dust, as the search giant confirmed to The Verge that it will shut down the app in March 2019.

While Google said that there are still a couple of Inbox features that must be added to Gmail, there's no turning back when it comes to shutting down the app. To make the transition to Gmail easier, Inbox users have been provided with a support guide that will offer them all the information needed to migrate to Google's email service.

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15 Comments

1. djkhalid

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 01, 2013

f**k, i love inbox

2. Elvis358

Posts: 222; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

I like inbox better than Gmail! It's sad :( I really like that inbox icon!

4. MaryHen

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2018

I can suggest Spark developed by our team at Readdle if you're looking for an alternative. It's super fast and friendly. It works for Mac and iOS, and the Android version comes soon. It has a lot of useful features: one inbox for multiple accounts, smart inbox and notifications to quickly see what's important, ability to snooze email or schedule it to be sent later, and more.

10. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Spark by Readdle is a privacy violator and should not be trusted. Better stick with the stock email app.

3. Shi.O

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

Still don't get the important of Inbox.

5. andynaija

Posts: 1258; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

I never used inbox but I know a lot of people liked it for some reason.

9. Boast_Rider

Posts: 535; Member since: Sep 14, 2017

Okay, I've been using inbox ever since it was in open beta and have been loving it since. I can't even think of going back to gmail, and there are multiple, very strong reasons behind it. First of all, the reminders you can set in inbox are better and more integrated than any other google utility (tasks, keep etc) I got most of the features much before gmail did. Like snoozing for example, or file preview(which inbox got years ago). It works much, much better. My inbox is much less cluttered, I can get all the information at a glance and it's much easier to declutter my inbox. It just works. I don't have to configure my inbox for it to work. Google's AI does it for me and it learns my preferences with time. I know some people love configuring their emails and good for them, but I'm not one of those people. The mobile app is much better than gmail, the notifications are better and everything takes lesser clicks. Please check out this article too: https://www.androidpolice.com/2018/09/12/google-may-push-people-gmail-bad-substitute-inbox/

6. Cat97

Posts: 1865; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

There is a single reason for this: you can't mark your email(s) as read. Their "mark as done" or other stupid options remove your emails from inbox. So basically they tried to force an absolutely stupid behavior on email users. They paid the price. Good riddance ! I'm now using Microsoft Outlook as my email client. They are much better at listening to their customers, they don't mess around. Look at their Launcher. Surpasses anything while still looking clean and professional.

12. Qbsoon

Posts: 4; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I like marking as done.

7. mbp432

Posts: 50; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

I used it as a daily app, this sucks. It was easier to use then gmail and no clutter.

8. ZombieHunter

Posts: 265; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Hated inbox. Tried it a few times. Waste of my time. Bye!

11. NarutoKage14

Posts: 1318; Member since: Aug 31, 2016

I use inbox and I like it over Gmail but I have no problem going back to Gmail. I expected this to happen since Google has a history of shutting down new apps that don't reach the minimum usage numbers they want.

13. blazer380

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2018

Petition to keep Inbox: change.org/p/google-inc-keep-google-inbox-c3dfa0fe​-e355-4180-b979-648c75963e8b?recruiter=899667290&u​tm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink&utm_c​ampaign=share_petition

14. phonedroid

Posts: 23; Member since: Dec 15, 2017

Google needs to work on keeping its apps and refining them. Every time you get used to one they discontinue it or change its name.

15. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They'll probably incorporate many of the useful features of Inbox into Gmail itself, so I wouldn't worry.

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