What Are The Best Gmail Plugins For Chrome?

Justin Pot 11-05-2013

Tweak Gmail to work exactly the way you want it to. Whether you want to integrate social media icons in your signature, see more information about your contacts, or deal with an email later instead of now, Chrome’s seemingly endless collection of extensions has you covered.


If you’re looking to get the most out of Gmail, you’ve come to the right place.

We take great pride in our list of the best Chrome extensions The Best Chrome Extensions A list of only the best extensions for Google Chrome, including suggestions from our readers. Read More , and try to update it regularly. There are more than a few Gmail-related extensions to be found there, but they’re not all there – and there is no way to filter to only Gmail-specific plugins. This list is an attempt to remedy that.

Some of these extensions I use; some I hear about constantly from friends and colleagues. Everyone’s workflow is different, so not every extension will work for everyone. If you love Gmail, however, at least one of these tools is bound to make you happy.

Rapportive: Connect With Your Contacts

Email is, of course, only one way of connecting with people online. It makes sense, then, to integrate social networking sites with your email – if it’s done properly. Google knows this, so they integrated a single social network with Gmail – Google Plus.

If you need to connect with people who don’t work with Google, however, Rapportive is here. This browser extension shows you the social profiles – and recent activity – of anyone you’re communicating with online. It even gives you a quick way to connect with the people you’re contacting, if that’s something you’re interested in.


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There’s a distinct chance this plugin could become terrible someday – it was recently acquired by LinkedIn. For now, however, it’s a pretty great Gmail extension for Chrome.

Boomerang: Schedule Emails For Future Reading

Email is overwhelming, and most of it involves people wanting you to do something. If you like to keep your inbox clean – and have a message you need to deal with at some point in the future – the aptly named Boomerang for Gmail is probably right for you. Thrown an email away only for it to come back to you later.

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It’s particularly useful if you’re an Inbox Zero 4 Simple Steps to Achieving & Maintaining Inbox Zero in Gmail Read More practitioner, but I think anyone can come up with a use for this one. Read more about Boomerang for Gmail Schedule Emails to Send Later with Boomerang for Gmail in Chrome Gmail is in ingenious tool for managing emails. Much of what it is lacking per default, is covered by Gmail Labs apps or browser add-ons. Boomerang is a browser add-on available for Chrome that let's... Read More

Use Gmail While Offline

Sometimes you’re simply not online. Many occasionally use third party email clients alongside Gmail for just this reason, but it’s not really necessary. If you’re a Chrome user you can use Gmail offline from within the browser – you simply need the appropriate Chrome app.

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This simple, official Chrome app downloads as much of your email as you like. You won’t get the full Gmail experience – the interface is quite different. But you can read and respond to emails, knowing everything will be synced the next time you connect to the web. Read more about Offline Gmail Take Gmail Offline With The Offline Google Mail App [Chrome] Offline Google Mail for Chrome allows you to use Gmail without an Internet connection. Read, search, and send emails – all offline. When you do connect to the Internet, Offline Google Mail synchronizes with your... Read More .


WiseStamp: Create Fancier Signatures

Gmail, like most email clients, allows you to set a signature – but it’s boring. At least, that’s how many Gmail users feel, which is why WiseStamp exists. This Chrome extension allows you to easily add images, social networking icons and much more to your Gmail signature.

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If you really want to spice up your email signatures this is not an extension to miss. Read more about WiseStamp How To Spice Up Your Email Signatures With WiseStamp WiseStamp allows you to create multiple personalized email signatures for all standard webmail accounts, including Gmail, Windows Live / Hotmail, Yahoo! Mail and AOL Mail. In addition to standard personal data and social networking profile... Read More . Explore Your Attachments Like A Pro

Gmail’s built-in search is great…if you’re searching for something within an actual email. If you’re trying to find text within a particular attachment you’d better remember the file name.


Unless, of course, you’ve installed This extension adds all kind of extension-specific features to Gmail, including a better way to search:

If you struggle to keep track of attachments, this is not an extension to miss. Read more about Liberate Your Gmail Inbox Attachments With Have you ever received an email from your boss, family member, friend or some other connection with an attachment in it, then saved that email because you wanted to access the attachment later? You probably... Read More .

Any.Do: A Better To-Do List

Find the default tasks service in Gmail too limited? You’re not alone. Luckily for you, popular alternative Any.Do is now available for Chrome.

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Okay, so this isn’t strictly-speaking a Gmail extension. It is, however, a replacement for a part of Gmail many find lacking – and as such worth mentioning here.

Gmelius: Make Gmail Minimalist

Love Gmail, but wish you could remove certain features from it? Gemlius lets you do just that.

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The extension is basically a series of checkboxes you can turn off to remove particular Gmail features. It also allows you to remove formatting from incoming emails, and adds attachment icons to your inbox. This one is worth exploring if you’re the kind of person who loves to tweak – and because you’re reading this article, I’m fairly certain you are. Read more about Gmelius Customize Gmail's Online Interface With Gmelius [Firefox, Chrome & Opera] Remove features you don't like from Gmail, leaving behind only the things you do. Gmelius is a simple extension for Chrome, Firefox and Opera that lets you turn off parts of Gmail you're not interested... Read More .

Anything Else?

Try as I might, I could never compile a complete list of the great Gmail plugins for Chrome. With our powers combined, however, this should be perfectly possible. So I ask you: which awesome Gmail extensions for Chrome did I miss? Point them out in the comments below, and together we can make this a real collection of the best Gmail plugins for Chrome.

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  1. Sergey Nosov
    January 13, 2017 at 12:37 pm

    I'd like to recommend another Gmail plugin for Chrome - I use free mailtracking, email sheduling and snooze features. That's really helpful.

  2. balu
    March 1, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Hi All,

    Is there any way to develop Plug in in Gmail ?

    or else

    what is best chrome extension for reading mails and stored to local server ?


    • Justin Pot
      March 1, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      Hey, building a plugin means learning all kinds of coding skills I don't have and as such cannot begin to give you. I don't know of any tool that makes Gmail compatible with local emails, though it is possible to migrate old emails over if you've got patience.

  3. Frank
    July 28, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    Wow, I didn't know you can use Gmail offline! Thanks for the nice article, I think I found a lot of good apps. I am also going to install this to-do list instead of writing on slips all the time. :-)


    • Justin Pot
      July 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      Thanks for the comment! We all love hearing someone found our work useful.

  4. Niraj Ranjan Rout
    July 3, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    You missed GrexIt ( It lets you share your Gmail labels with any other Gmail or Google Apps user. Its really simple to use, and great to collaborate on projects, customer support and sales right from your inbox.

  5. ae84
    June 6, 2013 at 11:19 am is such a cool app! Thanks a lot. Luckily, I was able to install it on my Torch browser, wouldn't want to switch back to chrome for this.

  6. Stephanie Staker
    May 21, 2013 at 4:51 am

    Hey, Justin, I just went through a disgusting process with Wise Signature. Also, I don't know the difference, apparently, between an app and an extension. I added Wise as an extension and when I tried to sign with FB, I wanted no changes to my pages so it failed. Next, I went to just adding a new account, right? It failed too. So I removed it entirely. If something is frustrating to me right out the gate, that is not a good sign to me. Just reporting! :)

    • Karthik
      May 21, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Hey Stephanie, Apps and Extensions are 2 completely different animals

      An app is more for a business unit, only Google Apps admin for the domain can install apps. Once installed all users within that domain will have access to the App. Link for Apps

      An extension is more a individual oriented tool, you will download from Chrome webstore and can use immediately. Link for extensions

      Most companies will create both Apps as well as extensions to do the same thing. However Apps are more professional.

      Hope I was abnle to clarify this point.


      • Stephanie Staker
        May 22, 2013 at 9:21 pm

        Thank you for the explanation. I had not seen "apps" before on Google so it makes sense that a consumer only sees extensions. Good to know this!

    • Justin Pot
      May 21, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      Thanks for the report! I've never been in love with Wise Stamp, but so many people I know swear by it that I felt it needed to be included. I'll continue not being in love with it based on your testimony. :)

  7. David Clark
    May 20, 2013 at 5:33 am

    "Actions for Gmail": Fairly new - pretty simple, but you'll wonder how you ever lived without it. Adds an archive and/or delete button for each email in your message list:

  8. Karthik
    May 17, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    Hey Jason,

    Check out TinyEmail, a free email shortening service. It is still too new and is listed in the Top new apps at Apps Market place here...
    Let me know what you think


    • Justin Pot
      May 20, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Interesting, but I'm not sure what I'd use it for.

      • Karthik
        May 20, 2013 at 6:12 pm

        Thanks Justin for checking this out for me, I thought you did not respond because I had addressed you as Jason :) , anyways coming to your concern. There are a good % of emails that are "tweetworthy" i.e they have an informative subject line and some links in the body (isn't that basically what twitter is!) so Tinyemail automatically creates this tweet in case you want to share it on twitter. What's to be noted here is that personally emails will not show up "tweetworthy" . the cool thing is it works fully automatic and all you do is decide if you like to tweet it or not! Hope I was able to show its use.

  9. Claire Curtis
    May 14, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    Other useful addons:
    "Send from Gmail (by Google)" - if you use a mail program some of the time, but want to send from gmail, this allows you to do so without actually opening a gmail window.

    And of course, there are security and privacy addons such as WOT, Facebook Disconnect, etc.

    • Claire Curtis
      May 14, 2013 at 4:14 pm

      Of course those last are not gmail addons - I got distracted.

    • Justin Pot
      May 15, 2013 at 2:40 am

      Doesn't Chrome send using Gmail by default now? I'm pretty sure there's no longer any need for an extension...

  10. Claire Curtis
    May 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    "multiNotifier – for multiple Gmail™ accounts" - this is by far the most useful addon I have. It sits in Chrome's menubar, with a number indicating number of unread messages. A pull-down menu indicates how many unread messages are in each of the gmail accounts. Clicking on the account name will bring you to the login page (and log you in automatically, if you have it set up that way).

    If you have multiple family members using one computer, this is invaluable. Or, if you have multiple gmail accounts for personal/business use.

    • Justin Pot
      May 15, 2013 at 2:39 am

      I use Chrome's built-in multiple profile feature to do something similar, but those who like notifications should probably check this out. Sounds cool.

  11. null
    May 13, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    Some nice add-ons!

  12. Debbi H
    May 13, 2013 at 3:32 pm

    Checker Plus for Gmail™ and Send using Gmail™ (no button)

  13. Brillohead
    May 13, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Another vote for Checker Plus for Gmail™.

    I also use Send using Gmail™ (no button).

  14. Mark Lloyd
    May 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    My favorites are: Boomerang Calendar, Awesome New Tab Page, (Updates contacts automatically -from incoming emails),
    Ginger (spell check)
    Lastpass (for passwords)

    But the best for keeping in boxes at or near zero and knowing what I need to take action on is: ActiveInbox.

  15. Rajaa Chowdhury
    May 13, 2013 at 5:51 am

    Before the Hangout session I was discussing about GMail Offline feature and the Chrome extension with Tina and other participants, and loo, next day you publish this article. This is perfect coincidence. :D I use it extensively and find it pretty useful.

    • Rajaa Chowdhury
      May 13, 2013 at 5:52 am

      I also used to use Boomerang earlier with my older GMail ID, but have not been using it with my newer ID. :)

  16. Emanuel Lopes
    May 13, 2013 at 12:07 am

    tell me extensions for firefox

    • Justin Pot
      May 13, 2013 at 8:54 pm

      Some of these, like Rapportive, also work for Firefox. But perhaps we'll need to do another roundup for Mozilla's browser...

  17. 7XN
    May 12, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    ooh you missed smartr .. i moved from using Rapportive to it its pretty awesome and useful ...

    • Justin Pot
      May 13, 2013 at 8:53 pm

      Yeah, that's a good one too. Thanks for the addition.

  18. null
    May 12, 2013 at 1:48 am

    Facebook Chat Notification, The Camelizer and Checker Plus for Gmail™ for me.

  19. Johann
    May 12, 2013 at 12:30 am
    • Justin Pot
      May 13, 2013 at 8:51 pm


  20. David Moreira
    May 11, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    The to-do list addon seems awesome, thanks.