Among the many web-based email clients on the market, Gmail is by far the leader with nearly 1.5 billion active users per month. One of the reasons Gmail is so popular is thanks to its robust selection of add-ons from the Chrome Web Store. Gmail add-ons serve to make your email functionality even more powerful. For example, WiseStamp’s add-on lets you instantly add a professional looking email address to your emails (that’s how we earned our 4-star rating!).

 

There’s an add-on for almost every email-related need—scheduling, CRM, file sharing and more. And they are constantly getting developed and released, so it can be hard to keep up with the best ones. Luckily, we’ve done the legwork for you!

Here are the best Gmail add-ons you must try this year.

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Dropbox

One of the greatest uses for exchanging email is to share files, but there are limitations of course. For starters, email clients limit the size of the files you can share. With Gmail, you can send an email that is up to 25 MB in size (and receive up to 50 MB in size).  When the files you share exceed that, you need to turn to a cloud sharing solution like Dropbox. Luckily, with the Dropbox add-on for Gmail, you can seamlessly send large files without having to navigate out of your Inbox. It’s especially great for mobile use.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Number of users: 4.7M

Cost: Free for 2 GB of storage. Premium plans start at $9.99/mo for 100 GB.

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Zoom

What starts out as a conversation over email can often lead to a live conference call. That’s where the Zoom add-on comes in! Whenever you want to seamlessly schedule or make a video call, simply use the Zoom button on the sidebar of your Inbox. It’s a great solution for one-on-one calls as well as conference calls for remote teams.

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Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Number of users: 145K

Cost:  Free version is suitable for personal meetings and hosts up to 100 participants. Premium plans start at $14.99/mo and are recommended for small teams.

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Grammarly

Nothing can kill your email faster than a typo or mistake. With the Grammarly add-on for Gmail, you can easily spell- and grammar-check your emails before you hit “send.” It not only scans for incorrect spelling and grammar use but also detects when you use a word in the wrong context or accidentally omit a word. For example, “What’s on [the] schedule today?” When it comes to grammar use, Grammarly can fix hundreds of complex errors, including subject-verb agreement, article use and modifier placement. Errors are detected and flagged in real-time and you simply click the error to make the correction.

Rating: 4.8 stars out of 5

Number of users: 10M

Cost: Free for the basic version. Premium plans are priced based on a monthly ($29.95), quarterly ($59.95) or annual subscription ($139.95).

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Bookipi

Bookipi is a new but exciting add-on for bookkeeping—one of the biggest pains felt by all freelancers and small businesses! Its user-base is tiny compared to the other add-ons on our list, but if you become an early adopter, you won’t regret it. Bookipi makes it quick and easy to stay on top of your finances. In just a click, you can send unlimited invoices and estimates to customers right from within your Gmail conversations. The estimate templates will help you close deals faster while the invoices will help you with your cash flow.

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Rating: 4.6 out of 5 stars

Number of users: 6K

Cost: FREE

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DocuSign

As a freelancer or small business owner, your work life can seem flooded with contracts. From clients to partners, service providers to contractors, you must exchange signed contracts to legally protect your business. Now you can do it easier than ever with the DocuSign add-on for Gmail. Send PDFs and documents for online signature or add your own in minutes!

Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars

Number of users: 360K

Cost: FREE to send signed documents only. Premium plans to send and request signatures start at $10/mo.

To Sum Up

While add-ons can be powerful tools, you want to avoid installing too many and cluttering your Gmail Inbox workspace. Make sure you are comfortable with the terms of use of the add-on and be sure to control the type of access you allow the add-on to have with your account. Aside from that, add-ons can only make your email life easier!

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Written by Rachel Solomon
Rachel is a Content Crafter at WiseStamp and a journalist who loves sharing information that helps small businesses, startups, entrepreneurs, freelancers and all kinds of independent spirits. She believes that innovative, socially-driven business will save the world.

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