Third-party email accounts may soon work with the Gmail app for iOS.
The feature has been available for Gmail on Android, but for its iOS counterpart, Google has chosen to exclusively make it a home for its own email client. That is changing with the new feature it is testing out on the platform.
The Gmail Twitter account invited all Gmail users on iPhone to test out the beta. There are few restrictions you will need to meet before being accepted into the beta program: You need to use Gmail app on iOS, have a third-party email account and have iOS 10 or later installed on your iPhone.
— Gmail (@gmail) October 17, 2017
Right now, it is only a beta, so it is unknown if the third-party email access will be extended to public users, but it is good to see Google open to the possibility of opening up its iOS Gmail app to third-party email clients. Some of the clients already being supported include Outlook (as well as Hotmail and Live) and Yahoo among others.
The hope Google may have of overtaking Apple’s own stock Mail app as the default email client is still a ways off because you still can’t set any third-party apps as default apps. But this new feature makes the possibility a little more realistic.
You can sign up for the Gmail beta after answering Google’s questionnaire.