Many people have years (or even decades!) of muscle memory built on former email clients. This guide helps bridge the gap between old Gmail habits and new Shortwave workflows for a seamless transition.
This section covers Shortwave's dedicated Gmail sync page and ways to fine-tune your Shortwave setup based on your existing Gmail settings.
Any time you create or modify settings in Gmail, you must re-sign into Shortwave for them to take effect.
You can add your existing Gmail signature to your outgoing emails from Shortwave. If you opt to enable a signature, you will see a signature icon at the bottom of the compose box. Clicking it will allow you to toggle between including / removing your signature for individual messages.
On sign-in, Shortwave syncs any aliases associated with your Gmail account. You can configure your aliases preferences to always reply from your default address, or from the same address the message was sent to.
When sending an email you can also choose to change the sending alias by clicking the reply arrow in the top left of the compose box.
Gmail filters affecting which threads appear in your inbox are respected by Shortwave, meaning those threads also skip the inbox in Shortwave. You can always find skipped threads in Shortwave via search.
Shortwave imports your last 90 days of email history the first time you sign in. During the alpha, you can import your entire email history from the settings page. Doing so will sync any remaining inbox emails, in addition to making your archived mail searchable.
Below are best practices for migrating your triage process based on Gmail inbox type, keyboard shortcut usage, and available mobile apps.
Gmail has six inbox types 👇
Here is how each inbox type can be configured in Shortwave for a smooth transition:
Shortwave supports a full set of keyboard shortcuts for app-wide actions and navigation. To activate keyboard shortcuts, just press
j to focus a thread. Like Gmail, a blue highlight indicates what thread or section keyboard shortcuts will affect.
To reference Shortwave's primary keyboard shortcuts from the app, press
/ on Windows) to launch the help box. For a full list of supported keys and shortcut descriptions, check out our keyboard shortcut guide.
You can download the Shortwave Gmail extension from the Chrome Store. Installing it simply adds a button in Gmail that redirects you to your Shortwave inbox.
So next time you find yourself typing "g...m...a..." into your address bar, don't fret! Shortwave will be there to gently nudge you towards your new, organized inbox over at app.shortwave.com.
If you want to use Shortwave with multiple Gmail accounts, here's how to manage account switching.