Gmail: How to add bookmark shortcuts to the Android home screen

The Gmail app for Android allows you to create shortcuts to specific folders and bookmarks on your phone's home screen. The function allows you to access work emails, for example, with a single tap. Without the shortcut, the user usually needs to open the application, access the menu, and select the desired folder or bookmark to view the messages.

Here's how to add shortcuts to Gmail folders and bookmarks on your smartphone's home screen. The feature is exclusive to devices with the Google system and is not available in the iPhone app (iOS).

Learn how to create shortcuts for folders and bookmarks on the Android home screen

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Step 1. Go to the mobile widgets gallery. On Motorola phones, which interface with few modifications, you must keep your finger pressed over an empty space on the home screen and then tap Widgets.

Access Android Widgets

Step 2. Locate the Gmail widget and drag the "Bookmark" item to the desired location on your home screen. Your folders and bookmarks will be displayed. Tap the folder or bookmark for which you want to create the shortcut.

Adding Gmail shortcut widget

Step 3. If you want, you can change the text of the shortcut - which, by default, has the same name as the folder or bookmark. Finally, touch "Done" to add the shortcut to the home screen.

Creating folder shortcut on Android home screen

Take advantage of the tips to create shortcuts to the emails you use often.

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