As a result of recent changes made by Google to its Gmail e-mail service, D.C. Bar members who have elected to have Bar notices sent to their Gmail accounts are encouraged to adjust their inbox priority settings to ensure they continue to receive Bar messages.
On May 29 Google launched tabbed inboxes for Gmail that presort messages based on message sender and user settings. The default tabs are “Primary,” “Social,” and “Promotions.”
Bar members who use Gmail need to customize their inbox settings to easily find Bar messages such as E-Brief, dues reminders, and event notices. Without making the change, Bar e-mails may end up in the recipient’s Promotions inbox instead of the Primary inbox.
To adjust your inbox settings, follow the steps below.*
On a computer:
1. Go to your Gmail inbox.
2. Click on the Promotions tab.
3. Find any D.C. Bar e-mail in the Promotions inbox and drag it to the Primary inbox.
4. Click “Yes” when asked if you want future Bar e-mails to go to the Primary inbox.
To remove Gmail tabs altogether, click on the gear icon on the upper right of the Gmail inbox, select “Configure inbox,” uncheck categories (Primary will always checked), and save.
On a mobile device:
1. Open the Gmail app on your mobile device.
2. Access the Promotions tab by tapping the Gmail icon.
3. Scroll and select Promotions.
4. Find any D.C. Bar e-mail, press hard and new menu will appear (three stacked dots).
5. Tap “Move to.”
6. Select “Primary.”
With nearly 500 million Gmail accounts worldwide, the rollout of the new e-mail features to all users is still under way. Gmail users whose e-mail settings have not yet changed will probably see the new features soon.
* Instructions valid as of October 29, 2013.