What is a Shared Inbox and how to create one in Gmail?
What is a Shared Inbox and how to create one in Gmail?
Last updated:
August 11, 2023
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If you are brand new to the term or just want a refresher - start at the beginning. Don’t worry,  it’s a quick read.

In this article, we will cover:

- What is a shared inbox?
- Why your team should use a shared inbox software?
- What is the best shared mailbox for teams?
- What are some typical use cases for a shared inbox, e.g., customer support, customer service?
- And a few other frequently asked questions about shared inboxes and shared mailboxes?

If you’re already familiar with the concept of shared inbox you can skip straight to the section on ‘why your team should be using one’, or check out some ‘typical use cases’ so you can see shared inboxes in action.  

If you’re trying to decide what is the best shared inbox tool for your team’s workflow, check out ‘the best shared inbox for teams’.

What is a shared inbox?

You may have heard these terms before: Shared inbox. Collaborative inbox. Group emailTeam email.

Or maybe you haven’t. But if you work in a team environment and most of your communications are centered around email... the thought alone will give your team feelings of hope and possibility.

Shared inboxes, when truly designed for teams, are the ideal tool for effective collaboration. Your company can create shared inboxes for specific email addresses, invite relevant team members, and let them manage it together.

A sales@yourcompany email address for your sales team; support@yourcompany for your support team.

One for info@, jobs@, billing@ -- or whatever your company’s workflow requires. 

What's so great about shared inboxes?

Managing a group email as a team without the proper structure can lead to a lot of guesswork (who saw/opened that email? is someone already on it), frustration (as keeping everyone in the loop involves a lot of forwarding and cc-ing, hence flooding everyone's inbox), or worse - mistakes (oh wait, 2 team members replied to that same customer request!).

Shared inboxes allow everyone to work together and tackle the incoming workload knowing who is working on what. Email sharing and email delegation become clear and simple.

No more internal Cc's, Forwards, and cluttered inboxes.

And with all activities fully-synced in real-time, you can be sure that everyone is on the same page. This means accountability would be clear with no more confusion. No more mistakes, or missed opportunities.

Before we get into more benefits and use cases of shared inboxes, let's look at why your team should be using one in the first place.

Why your team should use a shared inbox software?

Email was not designed for team collaboration and it doesn't take long for teams to realize that.

As a one-to-one communication tool - email is great, and to be fair it's tried its best to keep up with modern teams. But workplace environments with constant communications, internal and external, have stretched email into shapes it wasn’t built for.

As the volume of communications increases - so does the need to collaborate. Working teams have real actions that need to be performed in response to every email.

An incoming email normally leads to internal team chat, followed by a series of multi-member, multi-department actions. All with periodic returns back to that email - either as a reference point to re-inform or a source for additional inputs as new emails come in.

So what are teams doing? In most cases, they come up with work-arounds. As unique as these hacks may be, they're just not efficient and definitely not sustainable as your team grows.

On one end of the extreme, you have teams that physically share a computer in order to access the same inbox. One bad step, in the wrong direction, are the teams that share passwords so they can access the same group email. 

No need to go into the security issues on this. Or organizational issues. Or the fact that your email client probably doesn’t allow it.

The opposite side of the extreme is where you’ll find companies using over-bloated tools they don’t actually need. Tools that promise to fix everything but actually make things worse. 

Shared inbox “solutions” outside of your inbox!?

It’s frustrating to get promised a shared inbox “solution” that, ironically enough, lives outside your inbox!

The first of many complaints from your team will be the time and effort needed to learn this other tool. Not to mention having to manage the data between your original email client and this new third-party platform. Sporadic syncing is a common issue with solutions that live outside your inbox. 

What you can expect is a frustrated team that requires training sessions and lengthy onboarding times, as they struggle to manage multiple platforms.

This shows that simply having a "shared inbox software" doesn’t solve your team’s problems; forcing you to look at why all shared inboxes are not created equal.

Why are some shared inboxes better than others? And which one is the best one for your team?

When it comes to your team’s workflow - the right shared inbox can mean the difference between organized success or frustrating failure. 

What is the best shared inbox for teams?

Now that we have a basic understanding of what a shared inbox is, let's go into the details on why some are better than others.  

A shared inbox will organize your incoming emails, but it won't do much to support the actual work you need to do after receiving the email.

Most shared inboxes don’t include the accompanying features that will actually benefit your team’s workflow.

What makes a Gmelius shared inbox different? 

Gmelius takes the concept of shared inboxes further into the workflow of your team.

To start, a Gmelius shared inbox is designed with a collaborative-first approach and specifically built for Gmail and Google Workspace users. Meaning, your team will have the ability to work together on client and project management - without leaving their current inboxes. Not just the communications, but the actual work that comes from them. With Gmelius, you can drive the associated tasks to completion, offering an easy way to collaborate across multiple users and keep everyone in the loop.

Once you install Gmelius, your Gmail inbox will be transformed into your new workspace; home to not only shared mailboxes and shared Gmail labels, but a host of other features for team collaboration and workflow automation.

But don't be fooled. Gmelius fits elegantly into the Gmail you're familiar with. Features are out of your way when you don't need them and easily accessed when you do.

Your new shared inbox will be organized with a set of subfolders, making it easy to monitor and manage multiple inboxes with your team members.


Gmelius shared inbox software is organized for clarity and built for collaboration and increased transparency.

You can easily share emails and delegate them to specific team members.

It's done in one click!

And so is changing statuses from 'Assigned', to 'Pending', and 'Closed' giving you clear visibility on the progress of emails and tickets.

Adding tags to emails gives your teammates additional context. They can further collaborate behind the scenes with private notes. @mentioning your teammates will auto-share the conversation and ping them with a note that runs in a chat-style thread alongside each email.

With Gmelius, your team can forget about duplicate and colliding emails. Teammates will see each other's avatars if they are viewing a shared email, and the red ellipsis will pulse in real-time if they are replying.

As you can see, Gmelius supercharges your Gmail inbox so no more emails fall into the cracks. Think of the frustration for your team every time an email is missed. Less frustration will make your team happier.

What's more, Gmelius offers actionable analytics for your gmail shared inbox and Google Workspace users.

Gmelius analytics for Gmail shared inbox

With clear numbers to assess your team's workload and turnaround times, you can confidently optimize workload distribution and improve email response times.

And how you may ask? Here again, Gmelius offers you a no-code workflow optimization suite so you can better distribute work and automate repetitive tasks (like assigning specific emails to a given teammate, or delegate new requests to the team member with the least emails assigned).

To further outline how Gmelius turns your inbox into the best collaboration tool, let’s look at how teams of all sizes, across many industries, are using Gmelius.

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What are some typical use cases for shared inbox tools?

Managing group emails like sales@ and support@ has never been easier, but Gmelius shared inboxes also act as the base for your team's workflows, including customer service, client, project, and account management.


Sales teams use Gmelius as a complete sales automation tool; to scale their outreach and streamline their team’s workflows. 

Again, Gmelius is much more than just a shared mailbox in Gmail - so sales teams are able to:

  • Work together on incoming emails from their shared inbox
  • Organize conversations by client name with Gmail shared labels
  • Share and assign conversations for clear accountability
  • Automate their sales outreach with smart sequences
  • Speed up and scale communications with personalized email templates
  • Collaborate behind the scenes with email notes.
  • Turn emails into task cards and add them to Trello-like kanban boards
  • Get clear visibility over your sales pipelines on those shareable boards
  • And more

The foundation of this workflow is the sales@yourcompany shared inbox.


Yes, you can turn Gmail into your company’s help desk. 

No, you don’t need expensive, difficult to use help desk software.

Gmelius is the best alternative to over-bloated solutions, making it easy for your team to deliver the best support without leaving their Gmail inboxes.

  • Create a shared inbox with help desk style ticketing
  • Share emails and assign them as tickets for clear accountability
  • Change statuses and add tags for context
  • Speed up support communications with email personalized templates
  • Organize conversations by client name with Gmail shared labels
  • Collaborate behind the scenes with email private notes
  • Turn emails into task cards and add them to Trello-like kanban boards
  • Easily monitor support pipelines on those shareable boards
  • And more

Gmelius makes it easy for your team to manage your support@ email address by turning your emails into helpdesk-style tickets through shared inboxes.


No matter your use case, Gmelius will simplify your team's workflows. And getting started is easy. You can create a shared inbox in a few simple steps from your Gmelius dashboard. 

It’s clear that if you’re part of a team that relies heavily on email - you need a shared inbox tool.

If your team works together on client and project management - you need Gmelius. 

Install Gmelius (free trial and no credit card required) and transform the way your team communicates, collaborates, and gets work done.

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And a few other frequently asked questions about shared inboxes…

Do we need a separate login or password for a shared or group inbox?

No. Gmelius shared inboxes are integrated into your standard Gmail inbox. One login, one password - one inbox. Your new shared inbox is seamlessly located in the familiar lefthand pane of your Gmail or G Suite inbox. 

Who gets the incoming replies to a team inbox?

Everyone on the shared inbox will receive and have a record of all replies. Depending upon your workflow you can choose to “Assign” emails to specific teammates, making them the delegated owner of that conversation.

What’s the best way to organize who replies to a shared inbox?

Gmelius shared inboxes allow you to structure the best workflow for your team. Email sharing, assignments, and ticketing make accountability clear. So, it's all up to you: who is able to view and monitor the emails versus who is responsible for replying.

Can anyone send an email from a shared mailbox?

Yes, any member of a shared inbox can send emails with the from address of that particular shared inbox. For example, any member of the sales@yourcompany email address can send and reply to its emails - directly from their respective inboxes.

Why is a shared inbox software better than a Google Group?

Google Groups miss the main benefits of Gmelius shared inboxes: being able to collaborate in real-time and all shared inbox activity being fully-syncing into your personal inbox. Google Groups are not accessible from your Gmail or G Suite inbox. This means your team will have to manage two inboxes, each on separate platforms. And you won't know if anyone has replied or what the current status of a conversation is. With Gmelius all replies and inbox activities are synced, in real-time, across all inbox members and all their devices. 

What is a collaborative inbox?

If you Google "Collaborative Inbox" most results will lead you to Google Groups. But for reasons stated in the previous answer - Google Groups is not the best fit for teams looking to truly collaborate. At Gmelius we define Collaborative Inbox as an email address turned into the central hub for your team to work together. They can communicate and truly collaborate - not only on incoming emails but also the many workflow actions that follow. Gmelius is a collaborative inbox.

What’s a shared inbox again?

A shared inbox is the answer to your team’s internal and external communication issues. When packaged into a complete solution like Gmelius, with collaboration and automation features, it’s the key to your team’s success. 

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