Gmail Update Brings Direct Account Access in App Shortcuts

Yesterday I posted on the improved support for Exchange in the latest update to the Gmail app.  The update to the app now allows you to manage your Exchange tasks from within the app so you don’t have to go elsewhere to do so.  There is another nice update that came with the 7.2 version when it comes to the app shortcuts.  Now when you long press the Gmail icon, you will be able with a single tap access any of the configured accounts you have in the app.

As readers likely know, in order for app shortcuts to work, you have to be running Nougat 7.1.1 or later.  That, for now, limits it to just a handful of devices unfortunately.

When you access the shortcuts, you will have one for each of your accounts along with a compose shortcut.  When you select one of your accounts, you are taken to the inbox for just that account, allowing you to focus just on it and not all of your emails from various accounts you have configured.

These shortcuts will likely benefit users who have more than 2 accounts configured within Gmail and are needing to quickly sort to get to a particular message or thread.  But even for me, with only 2

Gmail Accounts App Shortcuts
Gmail Accounts App Shortcuts

accounts, its quite handy to be able to separate my personal account from my work account with a simple press.

If you haven’t received the 7.2 version of Gmail yet, you will soon as it is rolling out now.  It may take a few days to reach everyone.