When it comes to cost-free services, a majority of users only dwell on the basic functions provided. For example, most people use Gmail just to send and receive emails. Sharing documents, chats, storing data are just some of the common add ons popular to many. However, there are other convenient uses Gmail provides without having to involve other applications.
Alternate Email Addresses
This function allows users to get an unlimited number of email addresses under one account. For example, if your email address is [email protected] your alternate email could either be [email protected] or [email protected] emails will still be delivered to [email protected] since Gmail ignores dots and everything that comes after the plus sign on the username.
Go to settings>accounts then click add another email address you own under ‘ send mail as’
Navigation with your email
Once you receive an invitation with an address on your email, it is automatically detected on the platform, then creates a link on the right of the message and requests to map it. It also does the same for packages whose messages contain addresses. The owner can, therefore, track whatever it is they are waiting to receive.
Check Google Down-Time
In case you want to check if Google is down, Gmail allows you to confirm your doubts on Google Apps Status Dashboard The page offers performance information for a majority of Google services. This applies to consumer services as well as services for organizations using G suite. The tabulated information on the site will give more information on the service in case of any downtime.
Updating all social media accounts at once
Gmail can work with IFTTT, (If This Then That) It is a free web-based service to create chains of simple conditional statements, called applets. An applet is triggered by changes that occur within other web services such as Gmail, Facebook, Instagram, etc.
If you send a message to a specified IFTTT address, you can post an update to all your social media accounts at once. This option also allows an individual to upload pictures through email attachments. The privacy settings are not compromised.
Get free IMAP and POP mail
Gmail supports both POP and IMAP which means the user can switch to industry standards for desktop email clients, which means you can use Outlook, Thunderbird, or Mac Mail with your Gmail account. The main difference between POP and IMAP is that POP downloads emails from the server for permanent local storage while IMAP is a form of cloud storage that leaves the data on the server and just caches emails locally.