The 8 Best Gmail Extensions to Install Now
Like peanut butter and jelly, Google’s Gmail and Chrome can make an outstanding combination, provided that you install the right extensions.
What do you get if you cross the world’s most popular web browser for computers with one of the best emails services? An ultra-powerful productivity service with incredible abilities and features. Using Gmail on Chrome is one of the greatest options for any platform, whether you’re running a Mac, a Chromebook, Windows, or Linux.
Gmail works well in any browser, but using it in Chrome can see your output and efficiency go through the roof. Here’s our pick of the eight best Chrome extensions for Gmail that you can install right now.
1. Checker Plus for Gmail
Checker Plus for Gmail lets you receive notifications, read or delete emails without opening Gmail, making it one of the most popular Gmail extensions in the Chrome Web Store. With over 1.2 million users and an average rating of 4.7 out of 5, Checker Plus is a must-have add-on for anyone who needs manage their inbox more efficiently.
Checker Plus is packed with many useful features including the ability to listen to emails. Once installed, you’ll see a red mail icon to the right-hand side of your Chrome address bar. Simply hover your mouse over this icon to see a drop-down list of your most recent emails. Checker Plus will alert you to new emails via pop-up windows that appear in the bottom-left of your browser, even if you aren’t logged into Gmail.
Checker Plus is renowned for its regular updates and recently added Google Calendar support to allow you to manage events from within the extension. You can play around with skins and themes, and, for a small donation, you can unlock a range of other customizable features.
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2. Email Tracking for Gmail & Inbox – Mailtrack
Mailtrack has over 1.1 million satisfied users and an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store making it the most popular email tracking extension available. Mailtrack is an easy-to-use extension for Gmail that lets you easily track emails and get a read receipt. When installed, it adds simple, unintrusive check marks to your Gmail inbox to let you know when emails have been read by the recipient.
As shown above, one tick – (✓) – means that your email has been sent but not opened, while two ticks – (✓✓) – means that your email has been opened. Unlimited tracking is free, but you’ll need to upgrade to the Pro version to remove the Mailtrack signature and receive full email metrics, real-time notifications, click tracking and email and phone support.
Mailtrack’s cheapest paid option is the annual Pro subscription plan for US$29. As not everyone will want or need the Pro plan, Mailtrack’s unique selling point is that it’s the only free extension in the Chrome Web Store to trace emails for free forever.
3. Dropbox for Gmail
Dropbox’s Chrome extension and Gmail are a force to be reckoned with. Dropbox’s innovative extension allows you to preview and send any file or link from your Dropbox account without even leaving your Gmail window. If you regularly share and review important files via email, the Dropbox extension will send your productivity into overdrive.
If you’re looking to save inbox space and seamlessly share large files, adding a Dropbox button to Gmail Compose couldn’t be simpler. The extension comes with a supercharged Search tool that lets you quickly and effortlessly find the file you need. Sharing files becomes a breeze and Dropbox even lets you see previews of links shared in emails. You can download files directly, simply by clicking on the links.
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BitBounce is an email filtering Chrome extension that saves you time by keeping unwanted emails out of your inbox. Once installed, all of your contacts are automatically put onto a ‘whitelist’ so people you know can still email you as normal.
Emails from unknown senders will be ‘bounced’ and the senders will receive an auto-reply prompting them to pay a fee if they want to contact you. Their emails are moved to an ‘Unpaid’ folder until a payment is made. With an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store, BitBounce is fast becoming one of the most popular spam email fighting Chrome extensions available.
BitBounce works using a cryptocurrency called Credo but it doesn’t require you to join a cryptocurrency exchange. Instead, everything is managed through the main BitBounce website. When you create a BitBounce account, you can set your “fee” for receiving emails from unfamiliar senders. You can also personalize the autoresponder message that’s delivered to senders who aren’t on your whitelist. This message contains a link to pay your BitBounce fee.
Any money you earn through BitBounce will be stored in your cryptocurrency wallet. This wallet is automatically created for you when you sign up for BitBounce. If you want to cash out, you can trade your Credo on the CredoEx exchange right away for Bitcoin, Ethereum and a range of other cryptocurrencies.
Even if you aren’t interested in cryptocurrencies, BitBounce is still a powerful spam email extension that can help keep you focused and productive. You can still read and respond to any of the ‘bounced’ emails by checking out the ‘Unpaid’ folder at any time.
5. Boomerang for Gmail
Falling in love with Boomerang is very easy as it solves problems that you never realized you had! Billing itself as the “ultimate productivity tool”, Boomerang offers scheduled email sending and reminders. You can set a time when you want to send an email, even if you’re not online. You can also track emails to ensure that you hear back from the recipient and schedule reminders. If you’re suffering from an overwhelming number of notifications, Boomerang’s ‘Inbox Pause’ feature will help you stay productive and focused by temporarily delaying new messages arriving in your inbox.
One of Boomerang’s most useful features – and one of the main reasons we recommend it – is ‘Respondable’, an AI-powered assistant. Every time you write an email, Respondable will give you real-time input as to the likelihood that the message you are writing will receive a response. It can help make suggestions for starting or continuing any conversation, making it extremely helpful for anyone who receives a vast number of emails on a daily basis.
Boomerang’s free plan only covers 10 emails. Thereafter you’ll need to buy either the Personal or Pro plan, costing $4.99/mo and $14.99/mo respectively. Boomerang has over 1.7 million users and an average rating of 4 out of 5 in the Chrome Web Store.
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6. Right Inbox for Gmail
Right Inbox is one of the best ways to schedule emails in Gmail and create recurring emails. It also lets you set reminders and follow up conversations with ease. With almost 200,000 users, this free extension has an impressive average rating of 4.7 out of 5. Right Inbox integrates with Gmail seamlessly and lets you choose whether you send emails immediately or at a future date. This greatly increases the productivity of busy professionals who have to read and respond to emails on a daily basis.
Right Inbox helps you boost your productivity by adding reminders to emails and getting notified when you need. You’ll have a cleaner inbox and won’t lose track of important conversations. The extension has advanced text-parsers that will understand a wide range of inputs. When you need to pick a future time for your emails, you can type “Thursday 9AM”, or “9AM Thursday” or “9AM in 2 days” and Right Inbox will understand. This flexibility will increase your workflow and make you wonder how you ever did without it!
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7. FlowCrypt: Encrypt Gmail with PGP
Sending someone an email message is about as secure as mailing them a postcard. That’s why many email clients offer encryption to help users keep their data secure. Unfortunately, Gmail doesn’t let you encrypt or password-protect your emails – that’s where FlowCrypt comes in handy. This free extension lets you seamlessly send PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) encrypted messages so that only the intended recipients can view your emails and files.
The catch with FlowCrypt is that both you and your intended recipient needs to have the extension installed to read any encrypted emails. If you are emailing someone without this extension, you need to add a one-time password to your email that lets them view the text. In our view, you really can’t take chances when you use any email service, so we highly recommend installing FlowCrypt. It has over 40,000 users and comes with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store.
8. ActiveInbox: Organize Gmail Tasks
Last but not least is ActiveInbox, the original Gmail plugin for task management that’s been around since 2006. Hard as it might be to believe, Gmail recently turned 16 and ActiveInbox was one of the first solutions for time-pressed execs, managers and founders who were overwhelmed by the number of emails they had to deal with on a daily basis.
Three years before Gmail’s release, David Allen published his seminal text, Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity, and quickly established himself as one of the world’s most popular time management gurus. ‘GTD’, as it became known, is a simple framework that helps anyone keep track of their tasks and work, and has developed a cult-like following.
GTD calls for information to pass through five stages: Capture, Process, Organize, Reflect and Engage. This workflow helps anyone prioritize anything that comes into their lives, from emails to work assignments and events. ActiveInbox was designed to be ‘GTD-for email’ and has been adopted by major companies including LinkedIn, Spotify, Salesforce and many more. It works by organizing your emails into specific folders (known as ‘projects’) and assigning them a specific action and due date, according to how important they are.
After installing ActiveInbox, your new top bar will help you track your tasks for the current day. Emails and tasks can be prioritized as either high or low, depending on their importance. With over 28,000 users, this extension has an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 on the Chrome Web Store and comes highly recommended.
The extension is currently free for a 14-day free trial period and, if you like it, charges $4.16/mo for a personal account. Unlocking the full features and the mobile app costs $5.83/mo for a Premium account.
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We’re confident that our list of the top eight Chrome extensions for Gmail will help completely transform your relationship with your inbox. We’ve covered everything from encryption to spam email prevention to time management and plenty more. We promise that your experience of using Chrome will be redefined by one or all of these revolutionary extensions.
What do you think of our list? Which extensions do you agree with? Which ones did we miss? As always, let us know in the comments section below.