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Get Gmail features for Yahoo and Outlook accounts on Android

​Want the spam protection and the powerful search powers of Gmail for your other email accounts? Here's how to get it.

Gmail may not be the only email provider you use, and that's why Google added the ability to access other email accounts through their app. Unfortunately, those non-Gmail accounts didn't gain access to the features that make Google's version of email so great. Now Google is changing that by letting you Gmailify your Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail/ accounts.

So what exactly is Gmailify? It's a shorthand version of forwarding your email from other services to Gmail. That way, Gmail can offer you some of its best features. Here's some of the perks you can expect, according to AndroidPolice, and how to set it up:

  • Better spam protection
  • Sorting into Gmail categories
  • Advanced search capabilities
  • Itineraries appearing in Google Now

Note: This feature is rolling out in Gmail version 5.11. If you are not on this version yet, you can download and install it from APKMirror.

Step 1: Make sure you have a Yahoo! Mail or Hotmail/ email added to the Gmail app.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Head to Settings > tap non-Gmail account name > Link account.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: You'll see a setup wizard to Gmailify your other email account. You can choose which Gmail account you want email from that address forwarded/linked to.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 4: Sign in and grant permission for Gmail to manage your account.

Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 5: Finally, pick the email address you want mail to be sent from.

Should you change your mind in the future, you can disable Gmailify on your non-Gmail accounts, and continue using them as you did before within the app.

For more information (and a video), check out the Official Gmail blog.