Welcome to Shortwave, the email app to help you get more done.
Shortwave is an email app designed to bring modern productivity features straight to your inbox. Since Shortwave syncs with your existing email account, getting set up takes less than a minute!
During our early access period, you'll need to be invited by a Shortwave team member or existing user to access the product. After our team receives your request, you'll receive an invite email with a ✨ magic access link ✨
Click that magic link in your invitation email and follow the instructions below to sign in.
Once you've signed into Shortwave, you'll be greeted with your brand new inbox! It should look something like this 👇
Let's break down what all these new buttons and bundles do!
The sidebar refers to the entire left navigation pane, from Inbox down to the bottom of the Conversations list. The sidebar is used to quickly see new messages, access drafts, or view your full conversation history with your contacts. It's comprised of three main sections:
Inbox — for emails you need to triage + page for emails you've prioritized to do next
Snoozed — for emails you've scheduled for later
Done — for emails requiring no further action
Workspaces — for organized team collaboration
This is a dedicated area for your important contacts and channels. Adding a favorite lets you quickly see when new messages come in and reference past conversations. To add an individual, group, or channel as a favorite:
Your conversations list is populated based on who you last sent a message to, you have push notifications enabled for, and recent drafts you've started. Clicking on a name in this list will take you to your conversation history with that individual or group.
Shortwave's inbox helps you stay organized by default. Threads are automatically grouped into bundles, making it easy to understand your inbox at a glance. Bundles are groups of related emails, giving you a condensed view of your inbox.
The inbox is further organized into collapsible sections based on time, like
last month. Want to customize things? Re-organize by dragging & dropping threads together to create custom bundles and reorder sections. Feeling overwhelmed by the amount of email you get? Adjust your notification settings to control who sends you push notifications and what enters your inbox.
In Shortwave, conversations happen in threads between people and channels. You can quickly send short replies, or compose long-form emails, all in real-time. We support a variety of rich text features such as inline images, emojis, and code blocks to keep your emails looking fresh.
To send an email, use the compose button in the lower-left corner or reply to a thread directly from your inbox.
Finish setting up your new email app by customizing your preferences. From the Shortwave settings page, you can manage email aliases, enable signatures, and adjust your notifications to make Shortwave work for you. To navigate to settings, click your profile photo in the top-right and select settings from the drop-down menu. Here, you can also import all of your Gmail history and even sync your existing inbox filters. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even test out official Shortwave experiments!