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Easily Star or Archive Gmail Messages in BlackBerry 10

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Here is another BlackBerry 10 tip I noticed recently. One of the things I have been missing from BlackBerry 7 is the ability to star a message in Gmail along with archiving, labeling, and reporting messages as spam. While the latter two are still unavailable I did find a work around for starring and unstarring Gmail messages along with archiving them.

It turns out that you can simply “Flag” or “Unflag a message in the BlackBerry 10 hub and that translates into a Star or Unstarred message in Gmail. It really is as simple as that!

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For archiving email things get a bit trickier. It turns out that there is a “Bug” in BlackBerry 10 that that I actually consider sort of a feature in some cases. It turns out that when you delete an email from the Hub it does not actually place it in the trash. Instead the email is archived and put in the All Mail folder. I am not sure how I feel about that last bug but for now that means I can archive email!

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  1. Thanks for that. I finally figured out the flagging/starring relationship.

    As for the archiving, GMail was originally designed in such a way that you would never have to delete an email again, so archiving was conceived as their version of deleting… sort of. It was only after they were pressured that they introduced an actual “delete” function in GMail itself. On the other hand, I don’t necessarily want to delete mail off the BlackBerry when I archive it, so I’m not sure that this current method really suits me either.

  2. Nice find Ronen! I never starred email since I mostly manage all email on my 9900 and rarely logged in on my PC. But this will be quite useful.

  3. This does not work for me. A “flagged” email does not translate to a “star” in gmail.

    Due to the calendar sync bug, I had to set up my gmail account by selecting activesync, and not gmail. Maybe this is the reason.

    I REALLY need that star. Any other ideas?

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