This may seem absurd at the outset, but now you can use Gmail without having a Gmail account. This new feature is called Gmailify and it allows you to log into Gmail without having a Gmail account. Does it make sense? It makes perfect sense, according to a recent blog post appearing on the official Gmail blog.
It’s quite simple actually. Instead of using Gmail just to manage your Gmail email, you can now use Gmail as an email client so that you can use any email with Gmail.
So how is it different from your ability to add a POP3 account to your existing Gmail account? Previously, in order to use another email ID with your existing Gmail interface, you needed to have a Gmail account. In order to use a third-party email account, you first needed to have a Gmail account so that you could log into the interface and then add the other account. No longer is the case, especially when you are using Gmail on your mobile phone. Simply, on your Android phone
- Open the Gmail app
- Tap the menu on the top-left corner of your screen
- From there tap Settings
- Choose to add Personal (IMAP/POP) account
- You are all set!
Why does Google want you to use Gmail for your other email accounts like Hotmail and Yahoo mail?
There are millions of people still using Hotmail and Yahoo mail and despite knowing that there are great features in Gmail like spam protection, organisation or messages under different tabs, an extremely clean interface and a very user-friendly mobile interface, they simply don’t want to go through the hassle of changing the email ID at every place. So along with the email ID, they are stuck with the interfaces that Hotmail and Yahoo mail provide.
It’s no longer the case with the Gmailify function. You can use the Gmail interface without having to change your email ID.
Google displays advertisements when you’re using Gmail so you can imagine suddenly how many more people will be seeing Google ads once they start using Gmail without even having Gmail accounts. It’s a clever way of getting people into the Google ecosystem without forcing them to change their email IDs.
Here is the video that explains the new feature: