Use label shortcuts on your Android device to make Gmail priority inbox more useful

Recently, Google updated their Gmail app, breaking it away from being part of the slew of included Google apps and giving it some changes, one of those changes being Google’s new “priority inbox“. Unfortunately, Google decided to bury the feature down in some settings, forcing users to going to Menu > Labels > Important. Want this feature to be more up front, accessible via a direct link on your home screen? If so, LifeHacker tells us how:

To add a shortcut to your Priority Inbox, long press on an empty space on your home screen and choose Shortcuts. Scroll down to Gmail Label and choose Important. The shortcut will show up on your home scree, and you’ll have quick access to your important messages in just one tap. Unfortunately, at the moment, apps like¬†previously mentioned Gmail Label Notifier don’t seem to recognize the Important label in Gmail. Thus, there doesn’t seem to be a way to get notifications for only high priority messages just yet.

The updated Gmail app is for Froyo phones only at this time.

Has priority inbox made your Android experience any better? Let us know in the comments!

[via lifehacker]

  • Priority mailbox has not made my email life better. However, with that said it does push important emails to the top and simplifies my Gmail experience.

    Now if the Gmail app on my Droid X would allow me to select that important box to come up when first launch would be a PLUS.