Google has let users of Yahoo- and Microsoft-owned email clients use its Gmail Android app for quite some time, but Google is now doing even more to accommodate those non-Gmail users.
In a new program, known as ‘Gmailify’, Google is offering users of other email platforms “the best of Gmail, without an @gmail address”.
The process of Gmailifying actually started last March when the company began allowing its users to link their Gmail accounts with their Yahoo! and Outlook accounts so that all of their emails could be accessed from a single screen. This feature has now been expanded.
With this launch, Google has made sure that all non-Gmail accounts look and act more like Gmail—aside from the domain name—when accessed through the Android app. The other Gmail features that will now be available after linking include automatically sorting email based on type (Social, Updates, Promotions), faster search, with advanced search operators, travel and hotel reservations appearing automatically in Google Now, and better mail notifications on mobile
Google provides the option to either link your Yahoo! Mail, Hotmail, or Outlook.com email address to your existing Gmail address, or create a brand-new Gmail address. When you sign in to the linked Gmail address, you’ll see your messages from the other email provider in your mailbox and be able to read, reply and organize them just like you do in Gmail.
All you need to do is manually enable the new feature by linking your outside account to Gmail, by following these steps. And of course, if you ever change your mind, you can unlink your account(s) at any time, and continue to access them through the Gmail app without using Gmailify.