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Google to Retire Inbox by Gmail on April 2

20 March 2019

It's almost the end of the road for Google Inbox.

As the message first started appearing yesterday - March 18 - this makes the date Google pulls down the shutters on Inbox April 2. That's a version of the same message that greets visitors to the Inbox page, at - "While we were here, we found a new way to email with ideas like snooze, nudges, Smart Reply and more".

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April 2 is going to be a awful day for many Google users, as the search giant is planning to retire not only Google+, but also Inbox by Gmail, as discovered recently. Google announced the change last September and said the new Gmail would serve as the replacement.

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I've since migrated over to Newton as my primary email client, but it's going to be tough to see Inbox sail off into the sunset. Now we know when its time is up. "As a result, we're planning to focus exclusively on Gmail and say goodbye to Inbox by Gmail at the end of March 2019", said a notice from Google in September. It's still alive and kicking for now, but not for long.

Features like bundling e-mails of a type together have similar equivalents in Gmail, but Inbox handles them all in a single Inbox (hey - that's where we get the term!) whereas in Gmail, it's tabbed and limited to five predetermined categories. It has even redesigned it into this all-white look, to resemble Inbox a bit more. It's not an April Fools' joke, the app will really be shut down and users will have to switch to the Gmail app instead. You can find your favorite Inbox features in the Gmail app.

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Gmail for iOS was recently overhauled with a cleaner and more modern design, too.

Google to Retire Inbox by Gmail on April 2