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Now you can get Gmail’s best features even if you don’t have a Gmail account

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 9:13PM EST
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Are you a longtime Outlook or Yahoo user who regularly feels envy over some of the cool features you can get in Gmail? Well worry not, because Google has announced a new option that lets you take advantage of Gmail’s best features without leaving behind your longtime email address.

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The new option is called Gmailify and, as its name suggests, it lets you make your current email service more like Gmail by giving you access to things such as spam protection, inbox organization and even Google Now cards based the contents of your mail. Of course, taking advantage of that last feature means you need to be comfortable with Google’s algorithms scanning the contents of your emails, but if that doesn’t bother you then you’ll definitely love how insanely useful Google Now is.

To “Gmailify” your other email accounts, first you have to link them to Gmail. Here are Google’s instructions for doing that:

If you already have a supported non-Gmail account, like Yahoo! Mail, Microsoft Outlook, or Hotmail on the Android Gmail app (Android 4.4+), you can link to Gmail.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app.
  2. In the top-left, touch the Menu .
  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.
  4. Tap the non-Gmail account you’d like to link.
  5. Tap Link account.

After you link your email address to Gmail, you’ll see those emails under the linked Gmail address both in the Gmail Android app, and on the web at

After you do this, you’ll have to open up the Gmail app, sign into your non-Gmail email account and enable Gmailify for that account.

Check out Google’s video showing off Gmailify below.

Brad Reed
Brad Reed Staff Writer

Brad Reed has written about technology for over eight years at and Network World. Prior to that, he wrote freelance stories for political publications such as AlterNet and the American Prospect. He has a Master's Degree in Business and Economics Journalism from Boston University.