tl;dr: Download this chrome extension to easily access your archived emails in Gmail!
After using Google Inbox for a few years, I am not looking forward to reverting back to Gmail. Google plans to shutdown their experimental Inbox app next month and so I am now on the hunt for an email client that can make me just as happy as Inbox did.
Choosing an email client is kind of a big deal. Even in my Slack-heavy workflow, I find myself checking emails frequently throughout the day. My plan is to experiment with a few different apps while I rely on Gmail as a fail-safe to make sure that I’m not letting anything slip through the cracks of my inbox.
After reacquainting myself with Gmail in preparation for this transition, I realized that surfacing archived emails is not an easy thing to do. My years of using Google Inbox has conditioned me to archive my emails when I’m done with them. Archiving helps me keep my primary inbox clean while keeping all of my messages searchable for reference later. But what about when I want to take a quick glance at the messages that I’ve recently archived? How does one pull off these email-gymnastics in Gmail?
Until now, I had to run a search each time I wanted to peek into my list of archived messages. Gmail does not offer a link to the list of archived messages like it does for Drafts or Sent emails. I created a chrome extension to create that button.
If you’re stressed about transitioning away from Inbox like I am, hopefully the extension will help you out a little bit. If you’re a regular Gmail user who also likes to archive messages, hopefully this helps you access your archived emails more easily! The code is up on Github if you’d like to expand upon this project further. If you have any suggestions for Google Inbox alternatives, please let me know in the comments!