Mailbox email app for Android has been released

Martin Brinkmann
Apr 9, 2014
Apps, Google Android

Dropbox acquired the makers of the popular Mailbox application for iOS along with the app last year.

Today, the company launched Mailbox for Android which is currently available for free on Google Play. You can head over to Google Play right away to install the application.

The application is limited to iCloud and Google accounts currently, which means that it is not really a practicable solution if you use other accounts as well or exclusively.

The application itself requires Android 4.03 and requests lots of permissions. Make sure you check those out before you install it on your device.

The first thing you are asked to do after installation is link it to a Dropbox account. The account is detected automatically if Dropbox is installed on the system.

Once that is out of the way, you need to add at least one Google or iCloud account to get started. It is possible to add multiple accounts.

mailbox app android

All inbox emails are displayed on a single page. The sender and time is displayed for each, as well as the title and the first couple of words of the body text.

What makes Mailbox interesting is the swipe functionality. You can swipe to the left to schedule the reading of the email at a later point in time. It is added to the later folder and can be accessed at any time when you open the later zone in the app. A long swipe to the left adds the email to a list. Mailbox ships with some, like to buy, to read and to do, and provides you with options to create your own lists.

When you swipe to the right, you either archive it, or send it to the trash depending on how far you swipe.

The app ships with a new feature called auto-swipe. It works much like swipe, only that Mailbox learns from your actions. Say you get a backup report each day per email. You can use auto-swipe to automatically archive that email for example.

It works more or less like filters, but without the fiddling around that filters require to create the right matches for emails that you want processed automatically.

The auto-swipe feature becomes available when you open an email in the Mailbox app. Long-tap on one of the options at the top, e.g, archive or schedule so that Mailbox performs the action on similar emails from that moment on.

This is extremely powerful. You can for instance snooze (schedule) all your friends emails throughout the day to come up again in the evening when you are off work.

mailbox app


The email app is intuitive to use once you understand what the different symbols mean. The auto-swipe functionality makes life even easier and if you are using Gmail or iCloud exclusively, then you may want to give this a try as it is well thought out.

If you use other providers, then this app is not really for you, unless you do not mind using multiple apps to manage all of your accounts.

I guess it is theoretically possible to redirect all emails through Gmail to use Mailbox for other accounts as well, but that is probably not something that you may want to do. Therefor, only four out of five stars.

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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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