How Does Mailbox For iPhone Work With The Gmail Web Client? [iOS Tips]

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One of the advantages of Mailbox only working with Gmail is that a lot of the conventions you’re already used to are present in this fantastic on-the-go email app for your iPhone. If you spend a lot of time on your iPhone using Mailbox, you might have wondered what it does with your mail when you archive, set to later, or add to a list.

Well, it’s really quite simple.

When you launch the Gmail web client after you’ve used Mailbox for the first time, you’ll see a new set of labels on the left side of your Gmail web client, cleverly titled [Mailbox]. There’s a little disclosure triangle to the right of this new label, which will reveal more sub-labels below that, titled “Later,” “To Buy,” “To Read,” and “To Watch.” Whenever you add a List to Mailbox, it will appear here, as well.

When you Archive an email in Mailbox, it can be found in the All Mail section of your Gmail client, and anything you delete will go right to Gmail’s Trash folder.

Any mail you’ve marked as “Later” in the Mailbox app on your iPhone will go to that label in Gmail, and anything you’ve sent to a specific list will show up under that specific label, letting you use the Mailbox workflow when on the go and still access your email from your Mac. It’s all terribly consistent and convenient. The Mailbox folks say that these will also show up in Apple’s Mail as well as Microsoft Outlook, too, but as I don’t use either one, I didn’t have a way to check.

  • LarryMcJ

    Additionally (though the folks at Mailbox don’t advertise it because they think “everything” needs to go to Gmail’s Archive) you can also use all your existing Gmail labels with Mailbox. In your Gmail desktop app, simply click on the “down” arrow to the right of any folder, then click “Edit” and move the folder under [Mailbox}. After Mailbox.app syncs, all you labels appear under LISTS and you can then uses your labels with Mailbox the same as with your desktop Gmail. If you ever stop using Mailbox…just move back to their original positions.

  • LarryMcJ

    Additionally (though the folks at Mailbox don’t advertise it because they think “everything” needs to go to Gmail’s Archive) you can also use all your existing Gmail labels with Mailbox. In your Gmail desktop app, simply click on the “down” arrow to the right of any folder, then click “Edit” and move the folder under [Mailbox}. After Mailbox.app syncs, all you labels appear under LISTS and you can then uses your labels with Mailbox the same as with your desktop Gmail. If you ever stop using Mailbox…just move back to their original positions.

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Rob LeFebvreAnchorage, Alaska-based freelance writer and editor Rob LeFebvre is Cult of Mac's Culture Editor. He has contributed to various tech, gaming and iOS sites, including 148Apps, VentureBeat, and Paste Magazine. Feel free to find Rob on Twitter @roblef

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