We’ve just launched a major update to our Lite version to give you even more features!
Not only does Kiwi for Gmail Lite turn Gmail it into a full-powered desktop email client that takes everything you know and love about Gmail and adds great new features, but it also integrates all of G Suite (formerly Google Apps). In addition, Kiwi simplifies your life by allowing you to seamlessly manage two different Gmail accounts in one easy to use application.
By providing multiple windows, desktop integration, and a simple, intuitive interface that allows you to quickly access each application, open new documents, and get back to recent documents with a single click, Kiwi for Gmail Lite now gives you all the great functionality of G Suite apps in a better way. It also includes a handy sidebar with icons that provide easy access to your Inbox, Calendar, Contacts and apps like Docs, Sheets and Slides.
Kiwi for Gmail Lite thoroughly integrates Gmail into your desktop experience in ways that simply aren’t possible in the browser. To do this, we rebuilt how Gmail functions on the desktop from the ground up to make it faster, easier to use, and more reliable.
Get started today and discover a whole new way to use Gmail and G Suite.
• NOTE: This is NOT a trial app, but a full email client for Gmail that supports two accounts, just with a few less features than the full app.
• NOTE: Kiwi for Gmail does not support Google's Inbox.
• Use Gmail as a desktop app, freed from the browser
• Reliable Multiple Accounts - Use up to 2 Gmail accounts simultaneously using an architecture that's more reliable than traditional Gmail
• Ability to use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides as native, windowed desktop applications within Kiwi for Gmail
• Ability to open documents in their own windows so you can multi-task like never before using documents across applications and accounts
• Ability to open recent documents and quickly access Google Drive files across multiple accounts
• Intuitive new toolbar on the left side of the traditional Gmail interface provides quick access to all G Suite applications
• Saves all open document windows on exit and restores on relaunch, preserving window size, location, and account in the process
• Ability to open various file types directly within Kiwi for Gmail, including gsheet, gform, gdoc, gslides, gdraw, glink and gnote
• Huge attachments - Send giant files using Google Drive, which is now so quick to do, it's even simpler than Dropbox.
• Powerful Keyboard Shortcuts - let you get to your email in a second.
• Important-Only Notifications - a desktop email first; use this optional feature and filter the noise right out of your email effortlessly.
• The Zen Switch(tm) - shut off all email notifications so you can focus, without shutting out the whole world.
• Gmail as a Polished Desktop Experience - Windows for new messages, the calendar, Google Drive; Attach photos, documents, or whatever you want by just dragging them on; An inbox that works like a desktop application and not a strange menubar dropdown hybrid -- we've thought of everything.
• Gmail as your Default Email Client - It really works. Replace Mail and Outlook completely with Kiwi for Gmail
• Dock icon, Menubar dropdown, and full Inbox window.
What's Available in the full version of Kiwi for Gmail (not in Lite).
• Multiple Accounts - Use up to 6 Gmail accounts instead of 2
• Gmail Plugin Support - Integrated support for Boomerang
• Focus Filtered Inbox - Filter out noise and focus on what's important. Choose your view based on Date, Importance, Unread, Attachments and Starred. Or combine filters to create a short list of your most relevant emails
• Additional colors - Choose from 10 account colors to personalize the look of your inbox
- Updated frameworks
- Fixed issue with file share
Ratings and ReviewsSee All
Decent so far; links don't respect default browser setting
There's a lot to like about this app, especially if you've got multiple GMail accounts (I have a standard one, along with two G Suite accounts for clients).
I'm SO glad to get this stuff out of browser tabs, into an app. I also especially like how it corrals all the Google Drives / docs into a standalone app that feels a bit more like using an office suite.
It's still got a lot of rough edges.
The biggest one, for me, is that all links seem to open in Chrome, rather than in my Mac's configured default browser.
I frankly consider remediation this condition a "bug", rather than a "feature request".
Beyond this, the rough edges I'm seeing boil down to the fact that the app will open a new window each time I click on, say, the Calendar app icon from its main screen… just as Safari is smart enough to know focus an already-existing tab when a particular URL is already open rather than creating a new one with the same URL, I'd very much like this app to have the smarts to avoid opening an entirely new window if there's already one with my calendar in it.
In any case, this is very promising and I'm very grateful for its existence.
And, in case it's not entirely clear from what I've written so far, downloading this Lite version is a no-brainer. I've already recommended it to several people, and wholly recommend the reader checking it out for themselves!
Developer Response ,
We're so glad you like Kiwi and recommend that people check it out! One thing you mentioned in your review was wanting links to open in another browser other than Chrome. Kiwi is designed to let you open links in what ever browser you have designated as your default browser. Make sure you go to your system preferences and choose the one you want. Thanks again for the review and also for your feedback.
Looks like a Desktop app, feels like a Web App
I like the idea, and I think it has potential. My biggest complaint is that the integrated Calendar and Contacts functionality (and Drive, Docs, etc...) doesn't remember that you have already opened a Calendar (or Drive, etc.) window. So when you are in the main interface (which is your inbox) and you click on the Calendar icon, it opens your Calendar... in a new window... It doesn't open the Calendar window that you opened 10 minutes ago, and is hidden behind other windows. Same happens for any other app integration like Contacts, Drive, etc. So unless you have multiple monitors, each dedicated to one of the windows, and 'CMD ~' between windows (negating the launch icons in the main interface), you end up with a dozen windows open at the end of the day.
Fix that, and this has real Desktop feel.
Developer Response ,
Thanks for your feedback and will pass along your thoughts about our interface. What you're experiencing was actually done intentionally as we've heard from many other users that they often want to leverage their larger screens to be able to show side-by-side calendars, etc. But unfortunately people can inadvertently end up with "forgotten" duplicate windows if they don't remember one is already open in the background.
Has promise, but still needs a few items to be truly useful
I enjoy that the app allows me to open my company gmail account in a dedicated app, as my company does not have gmail configured for third party applications. The lack of notification of calendar items however is disturbing. I missed a couple of meetings after installing this app until I realized that a native feature that was present with the browser based connection was no longer there in the kiwi app. This seems odd, as my understanding is that this is just a wrapper around native gmail functionality.
The app itself is good for e-mail, but be aware that the reminders that one sets for calendar appointments will not actually fire.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.