Gmail is a free email service developed by Google.
Google’s mail servers automatically scan emails for multiple purposes, including to filter spam and malware, and to add context-sensitive advertisements next to emails. This advertising practice has been significantly criticized by privacy advocates due to concerns over unlimited data retention, ease of monitoring by third parties, users of other email providers not having agreed to the policy upon sending emails to Gmail addresses, and the potential for Google to change its policies to further decrease privacy by combining information with other Google data usage.
Gmail fans often cite great spam protection as a key reason as to why they love Gmail. It’s relatively easy to catch spam messages; the challenge is to catch the right messages without blocking mail that you want along the way.
How do we do it? Our team of leading spam-fighting scientists uses a number of advanced Google technologies. Though in many cases our best weapon is you.
Gmail users play an important role in keeping spammy messages out of millions of inboxes. When the Gmail community votes with their clicks to report a particular email as spam, our system quickly learns to start blocking similar messages. The more spam the community marks, the smarter our system becomes.
Don’t waste time with junk mail and unwanted messages. Gmail blocks spam before it gets to your inbox. If an unwanted message ever finds its way through, you can fight back by reporting it and help make our spam filters even better. Learn more about fighting spam.
Use Google search within Gmail to find the exact message you want, no matter when it was sent or received. You don’t have to spend time sorting your email, just search for a message when you need it and we’ll find it for you.
With Gmail, each message you send is grouped with all the responses you receive. This conversation view continues to grow as new replies arrive, so you can always see your messages in context.
With just one click, you can chat in Gmail with the people you already email or reply to emails by chat. You can even talk face to face with Gmail voice and video chat. All you need is a webcam and a small download that takes seconds to install.
Gmail uses labels to help you organize with more flexibility. A conversation can have several labels, so you’re not forced to choose one particular folder for messages. You can also create filters to automatically manage incoming mail. Starring messages is another way you can organize your inbox. Plus, it looks pretty.
The days of needing your computer to get to your inbox are long gone. You can now use Gmail on your mobile device to access your email from anywhere.
We’re always working to increase the amount of free storage we offer in Gmail, and if you want even more, you can always purchase additional space. With all that space, you can archive instead of deleting messages, so they won’t clutter your inbox but will remain searchable in case you ever need them again.
With Gmail, you’ll never see pop-ups or untargeted banner ads. Instead we display text ads and related links you might find useful and interesting. Learn more about how seriously we protect your privacy .
Just like bank and credit card web sites, Gmail uses always-on HTTPS encryption to keep your mail secure, so someone sharing your favorite coffee shop’s public wifi can’t maliciously read it.
As you receive and send messages, the emails are automatically grouped according to the subject line, regardless of the age of the conversation. As someone replies to you, Gmail automatically brings up all previous related messages for your reference in a collapsible vertical thread. This conveniently reviews what has been discussed before, and spares you the effort of searching folders to see what you wrote four weeks ago. This feature is absolutely invaluable to organizers, team managers, public relations, professionals, and anyone who communicates with many people and needs to keep accurate tracking on the details of each conversation.
10 GBs is five times more space than most people need, but it’s comforting to know that there is no pressing need to delete anything. If you are a packrat mentality and like to hang onto emails then Gmail is an excellent choice. If you are a clean freak, then consider tagging and archiving your read emails so they vanish from your inbox, but relish that there is no urgency to delete.
Yes, if you want to send 25 MBs of file attachments to a friend, Gmail will support that. While many people’s inboxes won’t take more than 5 MBs, another Gmailer can. Most people will never use this capacity, but it’s good to have for when you return from that trip to Europe, and you have a boatload of photos you want to send. Yes, using file storage services online are probably more convenient in the long run, but for those rare instances where a big send is necessary, Gmail is a good choice.