Technology giant Google killed off its Inbox by Gmail service earlier this month on April 2. However, a number of fans of Inbox by Gmail were able to use the older versions of the app on their smartphones till now. Those who did not like the idea of giving up on the app even downloaded the APK versions of Inbox by Gmail, which surprisingly continued to work even when the app was closed down by the search giant.
However, now these users have started reporting that fresh installs of the older APKs are no longer working for them. According to reports, an error signal is popping up every time users attempt signing in to their Inbox by Gmail IDs. This means that the older versions of the app are also about to lose support very soon. And if you are one among the people who have not been able to give up on Inbox by Gmail till now, you would now have no option but to live without it.
This change was first noticed by Android Police, and the report on the website claims that APK versions of Inbox by Gmail was updated and they could not get the older APKs to function. So most users who had this version of the Inbox for Gmail APK were automatically updated to v1.78, and now, they have a Gmail transition appearing.
The only way that the service will continue to work for you is if you have the app installed and turned off all the auto-updates for it. However, even the people who do have the app working for them have claimed that they have stopped receiving email notifications and they even need to refresh the app manually on their own. All of this indicates that the app is only limited for a very limited time.
Although Google closed down the Inbox by Gmail app on April 2, older Android versions of the app, as well as the iOS app, were unaffected even after it. However, now this seems to be changing.
It is worth adding here that in the last few months before closing down its Inbox for Gmail, Google added a number of features from the service to Gmail. Smart Reply, Nudges, and inline attachments are among the features from the email servive that made their way to Gmail. However, since only a few of the features that Inbox users loved made their way to the regular Gmail and many of them are not available even now, many users feel that using Gmail after being accustomed to Inbox is more of a downgrade.
If you miss the desktop version of the app, you can install the Inbox for Gmail extension on Chrome Web Store, which will make your Gmail look like Inbox. However, we should mention that this extension is not made by Google.