Google Inbox iOS app – a great alternative to Apple Mail App


Google Inbox has become my preferred email app for my iPhone. I have been using it alongside Apple Mail for about a year but in the last couple of months I have completely ditched the Apple Mail app in favour of Google Inbox.  It’s just lovely to use, where do I start?

Google Inbox looks better than the Apple Mail app. Visually it is clear.  It’s easy to scan down and see the subject, sender etc.  When I go back to Apple mail it looks clunky.

Here is a screenshot of the Inbox in Google Inbox – you can see how it’s laid out.



Google Inbox is also better at handling attachments than the Apple Mail App. You can see a little preview or icon of the attachment on the main email screen. (For example, the pdf file in the screenshot above.)

Like Apple mail, it’s just a simple swipe to delete an email, but Google Inbox also has an “undo” button at the bottom so that if you accidentally delete an email you can get it straight back with one press.

Push services from Gmail seem to work better with Inbox so that emails are received instantly and there is a constant count of how many unread emails I  have in my Gmail inbox. I have both Apps on my iPhone screen and  male always seems to arrive at Google Inbox first.

Mail arrives in Google Inbox before Apple mail.
Mail arrives in Google Inbox before Apple mail.

The only problem I have with Google Inbox is that it doesn’t pick up groups from the Apple Address book.  It picks up the contacts, so that you can send an email to anyone, but it doesn’t pick up the groups. Hence I retain Apple Mail to send bulk emails.

Give it a try.

Give it a few weeks to get used to it because it does do some things differently.

I think you’ll like it.

IMPORTANT: Paul (below) just pointed out that Inbox does not work with iCloud. It only works with a Gmail account.


10 responses to “Google Inbox iOS app – a great alternative to Apple Mail App”

  1. I use Spark right now; mainly because Inbox has no share extension. Spark has a few bugs still, though. The one driving me nuts is that it won’t find new contacts added since I installed it. :-\
    I like a lot of what Outlook does, but I could never get it to even display my iCloud calendars.

  2. Thanks for your sharing ,It’s very useful .let me test with my iphone 6s and i will contact with you if get an problems. Thanks

  3. Google inbox ios app took my attention to land on this page. Thanks for nice information buddy.

  4. Paul

    I can’t see how to add an iCloud mail account to this app iOS?

    1. oops. I forgot to mention INBOX ONLY WORKS WITH A GMAIL ACCOUNT.

      Google have a different app (called ‘gmail’) which works with any mail account (including iCloud) but it’s not as good as Inbox.

      My guess is that Inbox might need gmail for all the extra features that can’t be implemented in a normal mail account. (e.g. snoozing emails till later, pinning important emails, adding reminders etc).

    2. So unless you want to forward your emails to a gmail account you’re probably stuck with either the ‘Apple Mail’ or ‘Gmail’ app.

  5. Chip Orange

    Sorry, but I have to disagree about it using the contacts from iOS, I see no way to make this happen and it’s a big disappointment.

    1. You can sync between iOS and Gmail here:
      But it worked for me without doing this.

  6. Looks pretty cool! Will be switching from Spark to Google Inbox and see how it goes!

  7. Thank you for sharing the Google Inbox iOS application and this is very useful for me. I have tested it with the iPhone 9 and see how it goes!, I will contact you if there is a problem

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