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10 hacks that will change the way you use Gmail

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:05PM EST
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Some of you are fortunate to be young enough that you don’t know what email was like before Google came along and launched Gmail. Suffice it to say, it was awful. First of all, personal email services weren’t free if you wanted any usable amount of storage. And even though you had to pay for email each month, you still had a very limited amount of storage and constantly had to worry about deleting emails with big attachments to ensure that your mailbox didn’t fill up. Seriously, how archaic is that?

Thankfully, Google’s Gmail was a game-changer and now life is completely different. As revolutionary and innovative as Gmail was and continues to be, however, Google can only do so much on its own. That’s why third-party developers create all sorts of great apps that hack Gmail to add a wide range of new functionality.

Let’s check out some of the best options out there.

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We always tell you about great Gmail tricks and nifty third-party apps that enhance the Gmail experience, and now we’ve come across a nice little roundup of useful Gmail apps put together by Business Insider. There may be a couple of apps on the list that you’ve already heard of or maybe even tried, but we guarantee you’ll find some things you didn’t know about before.

Here are 10 apps that provide the best Gmail hacks on the list (click on the name of each app to visit the company’s website and download it):

Sortd: Transform your Gmail inbox from an endless waterfall of subject lines into a manageable group of lists.

Dropbox for Gmail: A Chrome plug-in that lets you attach files from Dropbox and save attachments to Dropbox right from within the standard Gmail interface.

Boomerang: A plug-in for Chrome, Firefox and Safari that let’s you write out an email and then schedule it to be sent at a later time.

GrexIt: Weird name, cool app. This free Chrome extension lets you share labels and notes with coworkers.

Giphy: This is a free Chrome add-on that lets you easily add GIFs to your emails. Please use it sparingly.

Wisestamp: Wondering how people get those cool signatures in their emails with great formatting, links and images? Try Wisestamp.

Gmail Offline: Your Gmail… offline.

Snapmail: You guessed — it’s like Snapchat for Gmail. This Chrome extension lets you send encrypted emails that self-destruct after 60 seconds.

Unsubscriber for Gmail: This iPhone and iPad app makes it painfully easy to unsubscribe from newsletters. A devious little Chrome extension that lets you know when your recipient has opened and read your email.

Want to check out six more cool apps that facilitate great Gmail hacks? Follow the link below in our source section.

Zach Epstein
Zach Epstein Executive Editor

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content. Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment.

His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.