Make Gmail simpler, more capable, and more respectful
This is the canary version of Simplify Gmail. I release updates here first so I can catch any issues before I update Simplify for everyone. Sometimes, it is also a place where I try crazy things and get feedback to help decide if or how to launch something.
You can find the stable release for your browser at https://simpl.fyi
Brought to you by the co-founder and design lead for Google Inbox, Simplify Gmail is a browser extension for desktop Gmail that boosts productivity, strengthens privacy, and reduces️ stress by:
✔️ Making hundreds of improvements (small and large) to streamline, simplify, and enhance Gmail’s design and functionality. No part of Gmail is left untouched. Messages are easier to scan, read, and compose. Once you install, compare Gmail before and after using Alt+S (⌥S on Mac).
✔️ Blocking over 250 email spy trackers (more than any other tracker blocker extension).
✔️ Adding intuitive keyboard shortcuts. Navigate faster with your arrow keys, Enter (to open, then to reply), and Escape (close a message, then to return to inbox). Use familiar shortcuts like Ctrl+A / ⌘A to select all or Ctrl+Z / ⌘Z to undo. Press "?" in Gmail to see all shortcuts.
✔️ Adding a full dark mode with options to invert compose and all or only text messages.
✔️ Letting you focus by turning off your inbox and optionally disable notifications. This isn't for everyone, but some appreciate being able to press pause and focus on their starred messages, drafts, etc without being distracted by new mail. Video demo
✔️ Adding back the missing categories. Google Inbox had three other categories (Finances, Purchases, and Travel) that still work but Gmail doesn't link to. Simplify adds links to these in the nav with the other Categories.
✔️ Providing over 40 options with great defaults so you can fine tune Simplify just the way you like. Options include changing the interface font, hiding unread counts, making the interface even more minimal, and more.
✔️ And more, with more on the way There are tons of other details and features with more on the way.
PAID PLAN REQUIRED AFTER 14 DAY TRIAL
Comes with a free 14-day trial after which a paid plan is required. Learn more and sign up when you're ready at https://simpl.fyi/plans -- Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to extend your trial a week to decide.
WHO MADE THIS?
Simplify was made by Michael Leggett (leggett.org), Gmail's lead designer from 2008 to 2012 and the co-founder of Google Inbox. With the unfortunate demise of Google Inbox, Leggett wanted bring the simplified email experience to Gmail. Thus, Simplify Gmail was born on April 2, 2019.
IS IT SAFE?
You should always be super careful what extensions or apps you use with your email.
✔️ Simplify always puts your security and privacy first.
✔️ The code for Simplify is entirely stored on your computer (no remote code) and is for the sole purpose of improving and enhancing Gmail's user interface and functionality.
✖️ Simplify does NOT request full access to your email (no API permissions required).
✖️ None of your data is collected, stored, or sent to Simplify.
✖️ Simplify has no tracking or analytics software.
✖️ Simplify will never have ads. Ever.
Simplify's products have no ads, no analytics, no trackers, no cookies, and do not send or receive personal information of any kind from your account or device.
Your privacy and the security of your account and data is of the utmost importance to us. We aim to make software worth paying for and taking the strictest stance on privacy possible.
HAVE FEEDBACK OR QUESTIONS?
There are over 100,000 unique combinations of Gmail’s options, features, and user states. Add in other 3rd party add-ons, different languages, browsers, screen sizes, and more and it grows to over a billion. Simplify strives to support them all, along with the more popular 3rd party extensions and add-ons. I wrote more about the complexity of building on top of Gmail here: https://on.simpl.fyi/p/complexity-of-simplify -- You can send feedback or report issues via https://simpl.fyi/support (I usually respond within one business day).