New-look inbox arrives to Gmail iOS app

By , Jun 4, 2013

Gmail 2.3.14159 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)Gmail 2.3.14159 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)

A week ago, the Internet giant Google started rolling out a new-look inbox with categories and tabbed interface to help users better organize their messages. In order to take advantage of these features on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, you’ll need Google’s freshly updated Gmail iOS app. Gmail version 2.3.14159 includes richer and selective notification options along with the new sortable inbox. More details right after the break…

You can now tell the app to push alerts for all messages, only important messages, or none at all. You can manage push alerts on a per account basis from the in-app settings page, but keep in mind that the new  notification options rather surprisingly work only with the new inbox.

Speaking of which, the revamped Gmail inbox lets you file messages into the following inbox categories – Primary, Social, Promotions, Updates and Forums.

Gmail 2.3.14159 for iOS (iPhone screenshot, TNW 001)
Screenshot courtesy of The Next Web.

Google’s hope is that categories give people better control of their inbox by letting them decide which types of messages they want to deal with. Although Google’s clever algorithms automatically file incoming messages into the aforementioned categories, you can of course create your own with custom rules from scratch.

Primary messages are always listed first. To access the new categories, just open the lefthand pane and access them in the menu. A nice touch: you can move messages between categories, as seen in the web interface, depicted below.

You’ll have to enable and configure the new inbox on the web to access it through the iOS app.

Note that disabling the new tabbed interface in Gmail also turns off your Priority Inbox. To re-enable it, go to settings, choose Inbox, click on Inbox Type and set your Priority Inbox options.

The universal Gmail binary is a free download from the App Store.

If you’re on Android, grab the latest Gmail build over at Google’s Play store.

The new inbox is a staggered rollout so it may not be available to everyone yet.

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  • Mohammed Sahib

    Nice. I wish the stock iOS mail client get more functionality in iOS 7.

    • jocastro

      We all hope so

    • Mohammad Ridwan

      Sadly, Apple makes products for newbies and people unfamiliar with tech stuffs.. which was fine 5 years ago… but now it’s too simple to be productive and a satisfying experience… I’m talking about the whole iOS not just the mail app… and I don’t think iOS 7 will be that much of a difference…

      Apple slowly but surely becoming the next M$.. it’s no longer for the people who thinks different… the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The round pegs in the square holes…

      Now it’s for the apple shaped pegs in the Apple-shaped Hole.. :’(

      • Maxim∑

        As Jonathan Ive said – “Its complex to be simple”

        iOS was not designed for crazy people,misfits or rebels (unless you mean rebels to android :)

        Apple as a company is that, despite the media bashing them at every corner possible Apple is still growing, they lost there CEO and it took time for them to recover. I personally think 2013-14 will be Apple’s best years and the innovation will start again in 6 days.

      • Damian W

        Somehow agree with you, but quietly hoping it is not truth

    • rasengan720 .

      And one of those functionality that we seriously need is the ability to attach any file there is to attach oh and some ui changes as well

  • John Smith

    It still needs a merged inbox for all accounts.

    • Dan

      I agree, I won’t make the switch until this is done

    • Damian W

      Exactly where the hell is the unified inbox. On top of this it is the pain in the ass to switch between accounts. It is the main reason I dont like Gmail app. Sparrow (now owned by google) and iOS have them.

  • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

    For some reason i dont have the primary,social, etc layout. Im stuck with the same old one. Inbox, starred,everything etc. :( oh well…

    • Mathieu Reid

      Go on gmail from a pc, click on the gear (settings) and go in manage inbox.

      • Gustavo Adolfo Mirabal

        Thanks dude. I guess i missed that step lol

  • BЯuce Dylan Tan 陈狄伦

    Does anyone realise the numbers for the patch is the numbers for the mathematical constant Pi? 2. then pi 3.14159265…

  • Jack Newman

    Anyone know how to remove the — above my signature logo in the gmail app for iPhone? Thanks in advance!

  • Messican

    Gmail thinks we’re all infants and everything has to be done for us. Gmail is not my primary email. Can’t stand their attitude.