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How to customize your Inbox with Gmail Snap

Sometimes you just have to put down an email to read it later. When you want the process to be as efficient as possible, Gmail Inbox has you covered.

If you’re like me, you’ll often have a quick glance at an email and need to put it aside to read it later (later. When that happens, I head to the Inbox via Gmail’s Snapshot feature. With Snooze, I can quickly instruct the Inbox to hide the email and then bring it back to the foreground at a specific time. The snooze feature allows you to choose between a predefined snooze period, or even choose manually a specific date and time. Even better, Inbox allows you to customize your predefined periods. So if you prefer your “morning morning” to be at 7am instead of the default 9am, you can do that. If you want tomorrow morning to be 7:32, you can do that too. Snooze even allows you to define your weekend. So if your weekend is Friday-Sunday or just Saturday, you can define it.

These customizations work with both the desktop and mobile iterations of the software, making the option even more attractive. Let’s take a look at how to customize the Inbox Snooze option.

I’ll assume you already have Inbox installed and working with your Gmail account. This demo will take place on the Android version of Inbox, but the steps are the same for the iOS and desktop versions.

Customizing idle times

The first thing we are going to do is change the default times for morning, afternoon and evening. Regardless of platform, Snooze options are customized in the same location. To access the snooze options, open Inbox and then tap the menu button in the upper left corner of the window. Tap Settings, then tap the Gmail account you want to set up. In the resulting window, tap Repeat Settings (.

In the next window, tap Tomorrow and check the clock to set the default morning nap time.

Once you have set the morning time, click OK and you’re done. Follow this same process to customize afternoon and evening. With these precautions, you can define your weekend. Tap Weekend and then select the option that best suits your needs.

Using customizations

With these custom snooze times, they are easy to use. Open an email, and then tap the clock icon to repeat the message. A pop-up window will open) where you can tap one of your new preset times or you can choose a custom date and time.

You may be wondering, “Why customize predefined times when your inbox offers the pickup date and time?” In a word, efficiency. You don’t want to have to go through the steps of choosing a date and time with each nap. By customizing preset times, you can quickly snooze and send an email to best suit your needs, without having to always select that custom time. This becomes even more appropriate if your day does not start and end at the usual times. If your work day is 5-1, instead of 9-5, Inbox can help you set appropriate nap times.

It’s not a game changer, but…

Custom rest times are not a game-changer, much less a change in the imagination. But when you’re already busy as an Exchange administrator, you may not have time to go through the process of setting a custom snooze time for each email message you want to hide for later reading. Use customizing predefined nap times to make your day a little less hectic.

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