Google Wants You to “Gmailify” Your Third-Party Inbox with New Feature

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Google has announced in a blog post that they will begin rolling out a new feature in the Gmail app called “Gmailify” which allows users who have a third-party email address like Outlook or Yahoo! to add their email to the Gmail app and have features like spam protection and inbox organization, exclusives to users of @gmail email addresses.

For the last year, you’ve been able to access your email from other providers, like Yahoo! Mail or Outlook.com, in the Gmail app on Android. And we’ve been getting lots of great feedback from those of you that do. Many of you would like more of Gmail’s powerful features, like spam protection and inbox organization, on these accounts—but don’t want to go through the hassle of changing your email address.

We agree. So starting today, if you use Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/Outlook.com, you now have the option to Gmailify your inbox.

If a user enables “Gmailify” for their account in the Gmail app, they’ll be granted lots of useful features other Gmail users already have access to. Here’s a rundown of them, provided by Google Support:

 

Gmailify links your existing account to Gmail so that you get all the bells and whistles—spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based on your mail—without having to leave your current address behind.

Wanna set it up? Here’s the steps to take:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app.
  2. In the top-left, touch the Menu Menu.
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  4. Tap the non-Gmail account you’d like to link.
  5. Tap Link account.

All you need to do is open the Gmail app, sign in to your email account(s), and enable Gmailify. And of course, you’re always in control—so if you ever change your mind, you can unlink your account(s) at any time, and continue to access them through the Gmail app without using Gmailify.

Right now, it appears that you can only set this up through the Android Gmail app, however it’s expected that Google will begin rolling out the feature to iOS users soon.

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