Google is shutting down ‘Inbox by Gmail’ app by March 2019

Sheri Evans
September 14, 2018

Google launched Inbox in 2014 as an alternative to the company's popular Gmail web service. Numerous features we know and love from Inbox were brought into Gmail proper when they launched a much needed re-design back in April this year.

But progress on Inbox noticeably slowed, and we can't help but think many users preferred the comfort of Gmail rather than the flashy, if unfamiliar Inbox. Inbox launched in the time when user could do only limited things with Gmail.

Google says Inbox will go offline at the end of March 2019. The cross-platform app was created to clean up the mess of your Gmail inbox by categorizing mail by type such as social media notifications, promotional emails, spam, and your regular correspondence.

As Google plans to pull its plug on the Inbox by 2019, it is integrating some of the important features of Inbox to Gmail. In fact, Google has even thrown together a support guide for Inbox users who are switching over to Gmail to make it easier.

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Over the years, Inbox became a testing ground for features that include the Smart Reply, which later made its way into Gmail. Indeed, that same listing says that the last update was delivered on August 9, 2013 - more than five years ago at this point - so it isn't like development on Gmail Online has been particularly active lately.

Google said that it is making the change so it can focus exclusively on Gmail. Just another case of Google killing off an app or service, Google giveth and Google taketh.

"We know change is hard, so we've created a transition guide to help you switch from Inbox to the new Gmail easily", Izatt added. All your conversations are already waiting for you in Gmail. Let us know in the comment section below.

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