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Gmail’s Inbox gets a smarter Snooze

Gmail Inbox Snooze

Inbox by Gmail (or Google, if you prefer), has been out for some time and ever since I could use Inbox, I’ve stopped using Gmail.

Although I still can’t seem to edit email recipients in Inbox when making a reply (unlike Gmail), I’m really happy with Inbox, especially its Snooze feature.

With Inbox Snooze, I can snooze an email at some time later in the future. For example, if an email needs to be replied next week (or to be re-read again and takes action on), I snooze it. Snoozing simply means making it disappear from your Inbox so you do not get distracted with emails that you are not supposed to read or take action on at that moment in time.

As of today, Google has announced an improvement to the Snooze feature. When you snooze an email that has dates or times, you’ll find an extra Snooze option to snooze the email closer to the time.

For example, if you get a flight reservation email, you can snooze the email closer to the date of your flight.

According to Google, you will see the option appearing on these types of emails:

  • Package tracking updates
  • Restaurant and event reservations
  • Calendar invites
  • Flight confirmations
  • Hotel reservations
  • Rental car reservations
  • Package tracking updates
  • Restaurant and event reservations
  • Calendar invites
  • Flight confirmations
  • Hotel reservations
  • Rental car reservations

As good as these sound, it seems that it doesn’t work on all kind of reservations. It depends on the emails and whether Google can read it correctly. For example, it doesn’t detect my Secure Parking car park reservation and treats it as a regular email. At the moment, I’m snoozing it “manually” with my own date and time. It’s not a big deal, really.

Most flights (such as the one from Qantas) work really well and this little feature addition will definitely save us from having to waste a few clicks.

 

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