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Is there a quick (menu / tap) way of viewing the unread emails in your inbox? Or at least showing the unread emails at the top of the list of emails, in other words sorted by unread/read (temporarily)?

The only way I have found to do this is to search for is:unread in:inbox which is not ideal on the phone's touch screen IMO.

Is there a quicker way?

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    Yeah, I imagine typing that search is less than ideal, but once you've done it once it's saved in the list of searches, so next time you search it is available in the list. – ale Mar 23 '13 at 12:05
  • @AlEverett: Good point - actually the saved list of searches works quite well! :) – MrWhite Mar 23 '13 at 12:59
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Doesn't seem to be, the search is the only way as of now, however; if you use the browser there is an option to view only unread emails.

  • As Al Everett says in comments, previous searches are saved in the autocomplete list of searches, so you shouldn't have to type much to get this search back - and most recent/frequent searches are at the top as well. This actually works quite well. – MrWhite Apr 2 '13 at 9:07
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I had the same issue. Tried in vain. Search is the only way - inelegant but works. And repeat searches are relatively easy if one does not have too many previous searches with different filters.

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Tap the magnifying glass on the top left corner of your screen to launch the search function. In the search field text box, enter is:unread in:inbox Launch the search and there you go! All the unread messages come up first.

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    This is exactly what I stated in my question?! – MrWhite Jul 12 '16 at 16:44
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another option is to make a label for unread mails. 1. make a label for unread mails (gmail wont let u name it "unread" but you can call it something else. i called it "unread mail") 2. u make a filter. in the filter u write under "has the words": "is:unread label:inbox" 3. press "create filter" 4. apply the label u made 5."apply filter to ...." at the bottom 6. "create filter"

now you can access the unread mail through the label section and once u open in on your android through the "recent labels".

  • i was to fast to write it. :( doesnt work.... leaves read mail in the label.... – guest Sep 27 '16 at 10:46
  • Yeah, you'd have to manually remove the label when you've read the email, which is messy, too complex and massively prone to error. – MrWhite Sep 27 '16 at 11:21

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