Shortwave Email 4+

Your inbox, but better

Shortwave Communications, Inc.

    • 4.0 • 77 Ratings
    • Free



Email should prioritize people, not advertising. Getting through your inbox shouldn't require busy work, and sending an email should be as fast as typing a text message. Shortwave recaptures the magic of email with a beautifully designed product that works for everyone.

Shortwave is an email app designed to bring modern productivity features straight to your inbox. Since Shortwave syncs with your existing Gmail account, getting set up takes less than a minute!


Related emails are automatically grouped into bundles to keep you organized by default. Bundles make it easy to understand your inbox at a glance without feeling overwhelmed.

Done is for emails that require no further action and can be safely archived. Quickly sweep multiple emails out of your inbox by marking entire bundles and inbox sections as done.

Pin is for emails where the ball is in your court and you need to remember to take an action. Pinning an email moves it to the pinned section at the top of your inbox.

Snooze is for emails that require follow-up or aren't ready to be responded to yet. Temporarily hide threads from your inbox until you’re ready to act on them again.

Shortwave categories provide an extra layer of automatic organization and controls for specific types of emails, like promotions, updates, and calendar invites.

**Real-time email**
Instant delivery, presence, and typing indicators bring email up to speed (literally) with modern messaging apps.

**Emoji reactions**
Express your feelings, conduct informal polls, and bring delight to your emails with other Shortwave users through emoji reactions.

View all of your past emails with any individual contact, group, or channel. Scroll up to view older emails, just like your favorite chat or text messaging apps.

**Account switching**
Quickly add and switch between all of your Gmail accounts from the settings page so you never miss an important email.

**Email links_
Create secure links to specific emails that can be referenced by anyone on the thread. These links are great for things like tracking bug reports in Asana and sharing user feedback in your CRM.

**Do not disturb**
Mute mobile push notifications at any time, so you can focus on what matters most without being distracted by new emails.

**Drop us a note**
Have questions or feedback to share? Just want to say hi? Drop us a note at to get in touch. We’re always here for our users, so please don’t be a stranger!

What’s New

Version 2022.11.02

- Added ability to search by contact, label and more
- Added sent and draft pages
- Added Forums label
- Fixed bug where copied links to threads were invalid

Ratings and Reviews

4.0 out of 5
77 Ratings

77 Ratings

zKaczor ,

Great “Inbox”-like replacement

When Google killed off Inbox, their alternative Gmail client, I was frustrated as that email experience was exactly what I was looking for. However, it seems now that Shortwave has been able to take inspiration from that and create a great product.

One issue I’ve come across is that the animations are not quick enough. When sliding to dismiss an email it takes too long before the overlay disappears and when it does the email below it snaps into its place which is not smooth and is providing an unpleasant user experience for me.

Developer Response ,

We've update our swipe and transition animations to be faster and more responsive based on your feedback. We hope they work better for you now!

kestreljay ,

Great gmail app

I love how it feels like the old Inbox app but newer. I really like how it bundles similar promotional emails together and allows you to handle them together and I like pinning emails to the top. This app helped me declutter my gmail inbox in about 5 minutes. Two features that are missing: you can’t delete emails and there is no landscape mode on the iPad. I understand limiting the delete option, but why no landscape?! EDIT — a few days after posting this review the developer added landscape and says they will add delete. The developer is responsive and their communication is great, well done.

Developer Response ,

We wanted to let you know the latest version of the Shortwave iPad app now supports landscape mode!

Update here: you can now delete threads in the app. Thank you for your feedback and for helping our team prioritize this feature.

Jonny5738677 ,

Good replacement

I’ve been using the gmail app for years and never anything else. Shortwave is an awesome alternative that has since showed me what a properly organized email inbox looks like. I have yet to come across any sort of major gripe, but I do have one suggestion that I’m sure is already in the works, and that would be a dark mode. I’m not able to find the option within the app and I think that would perfect it for me. Thank you!

Developer Response ,

We're excited to announce dark mode is now availble in the latest version of the app. Thank you for requesting the feature and helping our team prioritize this work!

App Privacy

The developer, Shortwave Communications, Inc., indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • User Content
  • Identifiers

Data Not Linked to You

The following data may be collected but it is not linked to your identity:

  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

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