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Mailbox Update for Android Adds Action Buttons to Notifications

Ever since Mailbox finally made its way onto Android, I have mostly merged by email life over to the 3rd party client. I like having a single inbox to manage multiple email accounts, plus it seems to have helped me clean up the thousands of emails we receive in a week that I would typically just brush off and come back to later. That doesn’t mean there aren’t some things I don’t miss about Gmail, though. One of those in particular is action buttons in notifications. 

You know, the buttons for delete/archive or reply that show up alongside your notifications in the notification shade that allow you to act upon an email without having to first open the message? In the original release of Mailbox, there were no action buttons, so each and every time you received an email, you had to fully enter the app. I can tell you right now, that action buttons were the first feature my mind began to request as I made the switch over.

Well, they are now a part of Mailbox too, thanks to an update that was pushed through Google Play, today. In the update, these new action buttons will be turned on by default, showing buttons for Archive, Snooze, or Reply. The only change you can make is to check a box in settings to swap out Archive for Delete.

If you tap Snooze, you will see a pop-up on top of whatever you are doing with time-sensitive selections. The Reply button opens up the mail draft, of course. The Archive/Delete button will do exactly that.

I never thought I would be so excited about a couple of little buttons. The update is live, go grab it.

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  • d-rock

    Fine if you have multiple gmail accounts….sucks if you have multiple real world accounts….just another incomplete mail client.

    • Adrynalyne

      Darn those fake gmail accounts!

  • Collin Chapin

    I wish this worked for exchange accounts…

  • Michael Adcock

    I installed this and only had the option to add GMail or whatever the Apple mail is called. Can you add POP/IMAP emails?

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Wait, you installed it without reading the google play description? Ok, fine, let me help you out with that:

      “Note: Currently for Gmail and iCloud accounts. Other email platforms coming soon.”

    • You could always setup a gmail account that manages a POP/IMAP account. Seems a little silly to make one just for that purpose, but I’ve done it for a tech support client before.

  • hamiseady

    You know, the control buttons for delete/archive or response that appear together with your notices in the notice colour that allow you to act upon an e-mail without having to first start the message? In the unique launch of Mail box, there were no activity control buttons, so each and whenever you obtained an e-mail, you had to completely get into the app. I can tell you right now, that activity control buttons were the first function my thoughts started to demand as I changed over.


  • zurginator

    Doesn’t work for my primary gmail account for some odd reason. My business account works though.

  • monkey god

    What, no widget? That’s kindve a big missing feature for an email app isn’t it?

    • Just_Some_Nobody

      Not really. I find no value in an email widget. When I get a notification I see it in the shade, and can act on it there. If my phone is open, it’s nothing to clieck an icon to open the app.

  • For some reason my device is not compatible even though I changed my dpi back to 480

  • Hershel

    Gmail or nothing.

    • Jeff C

      If you don’t use Gmail you risk your life…

  • Tyrone Biggums
    • Hershel

      LG G3

      NOW theres’ a name thats crazy

  • Nate

    I like it, however… Whatever they’re doing with the statusbar is bizarre. It’s like they want Android to be iOS. It’s beyond me why they do something stupid like this for Android.

    • miri

      I thought it was pretty clever to be honest.

      • Nate

        From a programming aspect, I agree.

        From a UI aspect, no. There is a reason Android has it’s own statusbar. Why cover it up? For new notifications, it covers up your statusbar. Just use the built-in ticker text APIs.

  • dmagicp

    So Kellin can you tell me how this compares to Aquamail? I have come to the conclusion that Aquamail is was the best solution at the time, and it integrated with my smartwatch. But I may switch to this. I also have difficulty dealing witha huge number of emails and end up putting them off until my inbox is ridiculous.

  • BiggiePhat

    Still not good enough. I want to be able to reply, delete, or archive. Don’t like that it’s either delete or archive.

    • A Tanner

      You can delete, you just have to go under settings>notifications>delete button