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Your Gmail Inbox is Changing- Don’t Lose Your Emails!

Your Gmail Inbox is Changing- Don’t Lose Your Emails


Earlier this week, I received a notice when I logged into my gmail account that my inbox was changing.  I didn’t pay too much attention because a) everything is changing in technology these days and b) usually I like the direction gmail takes when they make changes.  However, later that day I was looking for an email that I had seen on my phone and couldn’t find in my inbox.  Turns out, it was under the “Promotions” tab.  It didn’t take me long to figure out that now I have three different places to look for emails.  However, it’s pretty easy to sort out which emails you want to be in your primary inbox.  In the picture to the right, I clicked and dragged over an email from Loft to my primary folder (no, not a sponsor and don’t tell my husband).  You’ll see in the picture below, it asks if I want future messages from Loft to go to the primary folder as well (I may or may not have clicked yes.  Again, between you and me…)  You can do this for each of the emails that you get that you DO want to see in your primary folder.  You will notice that all of my Once a Month Mom emails are landing there as well so I’m guessing yours will as well.  There is also a social folder where things such as your Pinterest emails, Facebook updates, etc will probably be filtered to.



I also heard that you can change back to the old inbox for a while through your settings tab.  Some people even mentioned they haven’t been moved to the new inbox.  Either way though I would guess it’s only a matter of time until this change is permanent.  Technology- we love and hate it, right?

Now, it’s time for your opinion- do you love the new inbox?  Hate it?  Know more tricks that I didn’t cover?  Fill us in!


5 Responses to “Your Gmail Inbox is Changing- Don’t Lose Your Emails!”

  1. Lisa says:

    They’ve been rolling this out slowly for almost two years now. They are finally doing a rolling turnover for all users. I was chosen for early beta testing, probably because I’m OCD about my inbox and already had about a 60 filters set up. The Smart Labels rely on the filter technology and you can edit them through your filters menu (google that if you don’t know how).

    Original blog from google announcing this back in 2011: http://gmailblog.blogspot.com/2011/03/new-in-gmail-labs-smart-labels.html

    Useful tips: http://lifehacker.com/5985689/set-newsletters-and-other-smart-labels-to-automatically-skip-gmails-inbox

    • katie says:

      Two years? I’m clearly behind. I may or may not have 2400 emails in my inbox unsorted… lol. Thanks for the tips!

  2. Patty says:

    If you right click on that little plus sign next to the promotions tab it will bring up some options for you. I don’t remember exactly what they said because now that I have done this I can’t remember how to bring it up, but somehow you can uncheck the promotion tab and the social tab which will put everything into your primary tab. The great thing is once you have saved that you are back to your old inbox with everything in it even though technically it is all under the primary tab.

    I actually find it very strange that the gmail created this new tab thing. I set up my folders long ago so my promotions email is already going into my “deals” folder and blogs into my “blogs” folder etc. This tab thing was nothing new (except it automatically decided what was going where – which I didn’t always agree with), but added more clutter to the screen since the files are already on the left.

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