Quickly Check Hundreds of Emails
Email can easily and quickly get
out of hand. Before you know it,
you’ve got hundreds (if not thousands!) of unread emails and more
piling up as the day goes on. Spark
made me love my inbox again,
offering a way to quickly check hundreds of emails and never miss an
important message with its Smart
Inbox. Your Smart Inbox shows you
all your unread emails organized by
category when you open the app.
To pin or delete an email, simply
swipe left on the preview. Swipe
right to either mark it as read or
move it to archives. Better yet, if
a category has lots of emails you
need to go through quickly, look for
the check mark in the upper right
corner. Tap it, and all the emails (usually three) shown will be
marked as read and removed from the list of unread emails.
This makes it easy to go through hundreds of emails in minutes
by repeatedly tapping that checkmark until you’ve cleared your
inbox of messages you’re not interested in reading.
Turn On Notifications for
Important Emails Only
Smart Notifications allow you
to “mute strangers and automated emails” so that you’re only
notified when someone in your
contacts emails you. To turn on
Smart Notifications, tap the three
horizontal lines in the upper left
corner to open the main menu. At
the bottom, select Settings, then
Mail Accounts, and tap the inbox
of your choice. Under Notification
Preferences, select Smart.
Understand Your Inbox
What makes Spark so efficient
is how it shows you your most
important emails first and other
categories below, descending in
order of importance. To do this,
Spark breaks up your emails into
three main categories: Personal,
Notifications, and Newsletters.
Personal: These emails are meant
to be from people you personally
know, although anyone who is
sending an email directly to your
email address will show up here.
This category appears at the top
Notifications: These emails are
alerts sent directly to you from companies. If you sign up for
a newsletter, you’ll get a notification email to confirm your
subscription. If you order something on Amazon, you’ll get
a notice when the item ships. Those are the kinds of emails
you’ll find in the Notifications inbox.
Newsletter: This category is for everything else that we may
or may not want to check. Newsletters are great, but it’s easy
to sign up for too many and suddenly have them take over
your inbox. This is the category I have the most emails in, and
keeping them all together makes the rest of my inbox instantly more organized.
Add an Additional Email
You likely enabled access to all
your mail accounts when you first
downloaded and opened Spark.
In case you want to add a new
account, open Spark and tap the
three horizontal lines in the upper
left corner. At the bottom, select
Settings > Mail Accounts > Add
Account. Select the service
(Google, Yahoo, iCloud, etc.) or
Other. Enter your login information
for that email account, tap Log in,
and grant Spark permissions to
your account information. Spark
will then show you the new
account’s details; make any
changes you’d like. Tap Done.
CREATE THE STREAMLINED
INBOX OF YOUR DREAMS
BY CONNER CAREY