Since moving to a work from home setup last March, my laptop and monitor have become a bit … impractical. I̵
Enter Kiwi for Gmail, an app that allows you to move all of your Google products that would normally be in your browser – Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Slides – to your desktop, as a separate, standalone application. The app acts as a hub for your personal and professional Google accounts, including calendars, files and documents, so you can work in the Google ecosystem without opening a browser. Version 3.0, which launches Tuesday, includes new features such as browser extensions such as Zoom, an offline mode and calendar notifications.
In 2020, amid the pandemic and boom in telecommuting, Kiwi for Gmail saw the number of daily average users of the free version of the app increase by more than 70%, according to parent company Zive.
If you are a Mac user, there is a free “lite” version that allows you to connect to up to two Gmail accounts. Or, upgrade to the full version for $ 30 per year to connect up to six accounts. (There is no free version on Windows, but there is a 30-day free trial of the full version. At the moment, the company works at a 25% discount for Mac and Windows users).
Here’s how to get started with the free version of the app for Mac. If you like it, you can always upgrade to the paid version.
Set up Kiwi for Gmail
Here’s how to get the free version of the app on your Mac.
1. Go to KiwiforGmail.com and click Get started.
2. Switch to Mac and under Kiwi for Gmail Lite, click To download. This will ask you to open the Mac App Store and download it there.
3. When done, press Open.
4. Click The next through each of the instruction pages. Then click Get started.
5. Then you will get a number of pop-ups to adjust your settings. Choose whether you want to return anonymous usage data to the company, how you want the compose button and window to appear, and any extensions.
6. Log in to one of your Gmail accounts. It appears in the app the same way it appears in the browser, but with additional options in the left sidebar, so you can access your calendar, Drive and contacts directly.
7. To add a second Gmail account for free, click the gear icon at the bottom left, click Accountsand click on it Plus icon. Log in to your second account.
8. The two accounts appear as different colored tabs in the top right corner, with the number of unread messages on the tab. Switch back and forth as you see fit.
I hope your browser tabs are now a bit less cluttered. Look for more information, and .