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Yahoo’s redesigned Mail app aims to tidy up your inbox

The way we use email has changed a lot over the years, from person-to-person communications to an all-in-one repository for newsletters, coupons, travel receipts, and (a lot of) miscellaneous junk mail. . This can lead to an extremely messy inbox, making it all the more difficult to find that e-ticket right before the gig. Yahoo Mail’s revamped app, however, hopes to change that with an approach that puts organization first and avoids email overload (Full disclosure: Yahoo’s parent company is Verizon, which is the same as that of Engadget).

Gallery: Yahoo Mail Screenshots | 4 pictures

Gallery: Yahoo Mail Screenshots | 4 pictures

The main way to do this is to group emails into “views” with categories like deals, trips, subscriptions, and attachments, all of which are handled very differently. This is conceptually similar to tabs in Gmail. In Yahoo Mail’s Travel view, for example, you’ll see all of your upcoming flight and hotel directions, as well as trips you’ve made and associated emails (similar to Google’s inbox).

In the Subscriptions tab, you can see all of your currently subscribed mailing lists or newsletters, with the ability to unsubscribe from any of them with a single click, all within the app. One of my favorites is the Attachments view, which consolidates all of your various documents, whether event tickets or photos, into one easy-to-navigate folder.

If you’re a frequent shopper, you might like the Offers view, which turns all your promotional emails into an online shopping portal. It lists top brands and recommended brands based on your habits and preferences, and even lists nearby deals in a Location tab (this is only for iOS users currently). You can even filter coupons and get notified of deals before they expire. The Grocery view works pretty much the same way, except you can even use it to create a shopping list. It will also take into account any loyalty cards you may have with a participating store.

In addition to this, the new Yahoo Mail also has an “Active Update” feature. Based on the information gathered from your emails, it will automatically show timely updates at the top of your inbox, whether it’s package tracking or flight delays.

Besides organization, the new Yahoo Mail interface has also been redesigned to better fit larger phone screens. Previously, the “hamburger” menu icon was located at the top left, which was a bit difficult to reach with one hand. Now, a customizable navigation bar is located at the bottom of the screen, which is much easier to access. You can also customize push notifications so you know when an important email arrives in your inbox.

As before, you don’t need to use Yahoo Mail to use the app; it is compatible with all kinds of email accounts like Gmail or Microsoft Outlook.

The new Yahoo Mail app will be coming to iOS and Android starting September 23.

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