In October, Yahoo Mail for iOS was updated with a slick new design. More interestingly, the app was updated to work with multiple mailboxes that not only support those on Yahoo Mail itself but also those on Outlook.com, Hotmail, and AOL. But notably absent was support for the most widely used Web-based email service, Gmail.
Well, as it turns out, connectivity with Gmail is set for Yahoo Mail in the app’s follow-up update, which has just been released by Yahoo.
Gmail, welcome to Yahoo Mail
That’s right: You can now manage your Gmail (or Google Apps) mailboxes right within the Yahoo Mail app.
To add a Gmail mailbox, tap the person icon at the upper right corner of the Yahoo Mail app’s inbox screen, tap “Add another mailbox,” choose Google among the account types, and enter your details in the ensuing sign-in screens.
After adding your Gmail account, you can already view, manage, and search your Gmail mailboxes alongside whatever mailboxes you may have from Outlook.com, Hotmail, AOL, and, of course, Yahoo Mail.
Note that with Gmail mailboxes, left-swiping on the message list archives the message instead of deleting it. If you want to delete it, you need to tap the delete button on the toolbar at the bottom of the message, which now also includes an archive button. Also, archived messages can be found in the “All Mail” folder, just as they would in actual Gmail.
Yahoo Mail goes iPad multitasking
Aside from adding Gmail integration, the latest update to Yahoo Mail brings support for multitasking on iPad.
On iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 2 or later, you can use Slide Over to quickly check Yahoo Mail over another app. And on iPad Pro, iPad Air 2, or iPad mini 4, you can use Split View to use Yahoo Mail side by side with another app at the same time.
More improvements received
The latest update to Yahoo Mail also delivers performance improvements, particularly in relation to push notifications, as opening messages from push notifications is now quicker and more reliable.
Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad running iOS 8.0 or later, Yahoo Mail is available on the App Store for free.
With its latest update, which serves as a follow-up to its major overhaul in October, Yahoo Mail has become an even better email app that not only supports its eponymous service but other email providers as well. It’s definitely something that you should consider if you’re on the lookout for an excellent email app for iOS, especially in light of the imminent demise of Mailbox.