If you’re not on Gmail, what are you waiting for? Gmail is the most widely used email provider, and is Google’s most popular app. It’s easy to use, not full of ads and is secure. Gmail is also connected to a bunch of other Google apps like Google Drive, Google Calendar, and more, which can be accessed with a single sign-on. I’ve been using Gmail since 2010 (I was a freshman in high school) and I’ve loved it ever since.
While Gmail is very easy to use, there are still ways to make it even more user-friendly. I like customizing my experiences online like most Millennials do, so I download Gmail plugins using Google Chrome to make my experience unique. I’m able to manage my emails, format them the way I like and access and file old emails with ease. These five plugins are my favorites:
Send and Archive
Every morning I wake up and reach for my phone. I check my email as soon as I get up and usually spend five minutes deleting all of the junk and replying to the necessary messages. If you’re a freak like me and like having a clean inbox, you’ll understand the need for a convenient button like the “Send and Archive” button from Google. It’s a Google-created add-on that allows you to reply to an email and remove the old email from your inbox in one easy step. Get it here.
As I mentioned before, I wake up to a lot of mailing list-type emails. I love hearing about clothing sales as much as the next girl, but I’d rather look at them on my own terms. With Unroll.Me, you have an easy way to see all of your “junk” emails in a single message. You can also easily unsubscribe from the junk messages using the app. Learn more about Unroll.Me.
Tired of your average email signature? Stand out with an email signature from WiseStamp. Customize colors, fonts and sizes in your email signature. You can even add your Twitter feed to your signature. Make sure all of your email contacts stay up-to-date on your doings by including a blog feed in your signature too. You can add a photo to your signature for a personal touch, as well. Read more and download.
Do you love tracking your packages when you shop online? When you send email newsletters, do you obsessively check who’s clicking what? If so, Mail2Cloud is the Gmail extension for you. With this plugin, you can see when people open your emails, when they open links or attachments, set reminders to reply to emails, send “self destructing” emails for those messages with sensitive information and more. Check out the full list of features here.
Just Not Sorry
If you read my last blog post, you know that one of my goals for 2016 is to say sorry less–or at least to mean it more. By saying “sorry” too often, we undermine ourselves. I want to be taken seriously and I don’t want to be sorry for following up on an email. This plugin warns you when you’re undermining yourself by using words like “just” or “sorry.” Get it now.
These five plugins are just the tip of the Gmail customization iceberg. Do you have any favorite Gmail plugins? I’d love to hear about them!