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Kiwi for Gmail

If You Use Google Apps on iOS, You Need Kiwi for Gmail on Mac

All Things Mac
August 29, 2017

If you’re a heavy Google app user, it’s time to consider Kiwi for Gmail. This simple solution for Mac takes Google services out of the browser and into a desktop app. In doing so, accessing these services has never been easier.

More than Just Gmail

More than Just Gmail

Google offers a huge range of online services, including Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive. Each of these products is readily accessible on mobile devices through the use of apps. On Mac, things aren’t so simple.

By definition, web-based software products are available through browsers, regardless of platform. Unfortunately, the more of these products you need to use, the more difficult it can be. If you’re a Google user with both personal and business accounts, the difficulty level can increase even more.

I started using Kiwi for Gmail to gain control of my three Gmail accounts when on Mac. I stay with the product because of its new G-Suite features.

With G-Suite, you can access other Google products from the main Kiwi window, including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, plus Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Contacts. When clicked, these apps open in new app windows, not a web browser. Convenient, no?

Zen Switch

Zen Switch

Two other Kiwi for Gmail features are worth highlighting.

First, accessing recently opened documents in Kiwi is a breeze. Just go File > Recently Closed Docs and you’ll find your items on the list.

I also love the Zen Switch. Located on the Mac toolbar, this feature allows you to quiet email alerts, at least for a day. This includes email counts, badges, and notifications. This tool is great when concentrating is key. For example, ahead of a deadline.

Kiwi for Gmail will never be accused of being sexy. However, it’s one of the most beneficial software products around. If you are a Google apps user, getting Kiwi is really a no brainer.

You can download a free version of Kiwi via the official site. A full version is available for $9.99 on the Mac App Store.