Kiwi for Gmail

Developer: Zive, Inc.

Current Version: 2.0.5

Last Updated: 16 days ago

Download Size: 89.1 MB - Download


"It's shocking Google never created this software on its own." -- Inc.
“Can’t miss app.” -- Mashable

Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 integrates all of G Suite (formerly Google Apps) with Gmail as the centerpiece. We turn Gmail and the rest of G Suite into a full-powered desktop client that takes everything you know and love about Gmail and apps such as Docs, Sheets and Slides, and add great new features – including the ability to simplify your life by seamlessly managing multiple Gmail accounts. Finally a solution for office productivity that competes with Microsoft Office 365.

Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 with G Suite revolutionizes Gmail by transforming not only the functionality and interface of Gmail itself, but also how it works with Google Apps. By providing multiple windows, desktop integration, and a simple, intuitive interface that allows you to quickly access each application, open new documents, and get back to recent documents with a single click, Kiwi for Gmail 2.0 now gives you all the great functionality of G Suite apps in a better way.

One of the most anticipated apps on Kickstarter in 2015 and two years in the making, Kiwi for Gmail delivers a sophisticated app that thoroughly integrates Gmail into your desktop experience in ways that simply aren’t possible in the browser. To do this, we rebuilt how Gmail functions on the desktop from the ground up to make it faster, easier to use, and more reliable.

Get started today and discover a whole new way to use Gmail and G Suite.



• Use Gmail as a desktop app, freed from the browser
• Reliable Multiple Accounts - Use up to 6 Gmail accounts simultaneously using an architecture that's more reliable than traditional Gmail
• Ability to use Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides as native, windowed desktop applications within Kiwi for Gmail
• Ability to open documents in their own windows so you can multi-task like never before using documents across applications and accounts
• Ability to open recent documents and quickly access Google Drive files across multiple accounts
• Intuitive new toolbar on the left side of the traditional Gmail interface provides quick access to all G Suite applications
• Saves all open document windows on exit and restores on relaunch, preserving window size, location, and account in the process
• Ability to open various file types directly within Kiwi for Gmail, including gsheet, gform, gdoc, gslides, gdraw, glink and gnote
• Offline access for Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides is in development
• Boomerang plugin fully supported
• Huge attachments - Send giant files using Google Drive, which is now so quick to do, it's even simpler than Dropbox.
• Powerful Keyboard Shortcuts - let you get to your email in a second.
• Important-Only Notifications - a desktop email first; use this optional feature and filter the noise right out of your email effortlessly.
• The Zen Switch(tm) - shut off all email notifications so you can focus, without shutting out the whole world.

• NOTE: Kiwi for Gmail does not have *offline support*, which is incompatible with serving all Gmail's features.
• NOTE: Kiwi for Gmail does not support Google's Inbox.

• Gmail as a Polished Desktop Experience - Windows for new messages, the calendar, Google Drive; Attach photos, documents, or whatever you want by just dragging them on; An inbox that works like a desktop application and not a strange menubar dropdown hybrid -- we've thought of everything.
• Gmail as your Default Email Client - It really works. Replace Mail and Outlook completely with Kiwi for Gmail - click an email in Contacts or the browser and it'll open one of our beautiful new email windows.
• Dock icon, Menubar dropdown, and full Inbox window.
• Gorgeous, simple New Message windows - Vastly improved over the browser.

• More Gmail plugins - We'll be integrating various third-party plugins in coming updates.


Release Notes:

- Update internal infrastructure components
- Adjust view message windows when using Boomerang
- Adjust new event window sizing


Most Helpful Reviews

Version 1.9.10
Review by Pat in San Antonio

Great if you always have an Internet connection when you look at your email. - I LOVE KIWI. Kiwi is SO much faster and better than a web browser to access my Gmail. The customer support is GREAT! Three days after I contacted them, an update was available that fixed my problem. I love how Kiwi quickly connects to Gmail and lets me quickly switch among my accounts. I can immediately see the message list without waiting for messages to download or synchronize. I can directly access the Gmail settings and make changes using Kiwi. Think of Kiwi as a dedicated Gmail browser that needs an Internet connection to work. Kiwi is not the answer for people who want to work with email when there is no available Internet connection. Those people need an app that actually downloads messages and saves tham on the Mac (like Apple’s Mail app).

Found helpful by 10 out of 10 people
Version 1.8.71
Review by Verelse

Free from the browser? Nothing but a browser - Please, don’t be suckered into spending your hard-earned money on this…it is NOT an application; it is just a captured browser. Your experience will be exactly like using the browser because you WILL be using the browser. This app is a complete waste of money. I am not sure where the reviews are coming from, but the positive reviews don’t describe the “application” I just received. The only thing it does is open a captured browser and place an icon on your menu bar. The icon does give one notificatons; but so does the browser if you allow it. There is NO user interface expect for the preference pane and the dialog presented by the menu bar icon. Really, you get nothing at all for your money. Beware the other reviews and take heed: there is nothing here of value. UPDATED: The new version is still just a browser. I am very suspicious of the many “kickstarter” supporter reviews… they continuously refer to this app as a “desktop” application. DON’T BE DECEIVED: It is a BROWSER APPLICATION. There is nothing here but a browser and notifications. It is purely FALSE to say it is strictly a desktop application.

Found helpful by 17 out of 35 people

More Reviews for Current Version

Version 2.0.5
Review by MoEzekiel

Still my go-to email app - now on Windows - Update (7/11) - I think it's been a little while since the last update. I use it intensely, glad these guys are keeping Kiwi up - apparently big update is now it's on Windows. Update (12/22/16): I have wanting the FIND feature within messages and for the inbox. Love. Update (11.23.16): Thanks Zive for fixing those bugs in 2.0. Really loving Docs in Kiwi 2! Update (10.17.16): Finally got Boomerang - can resend emails you want to deal with later, write emails who want sent later. It’s awesome:-) They added support for the Sierra update. Update (9.16.16): They fixed a problem I’ve noticed in the last fews weeks - I had to press “allow” for every account every time I signed-in. I was relieved they fixed this as I was started to get disappointed. They fixed it within a short time! The customer service is very good - they respond quickly when I’ve provided feedback. In the recent update, they managed to do add on some features regular email doesn’t have. I like that separate windows pop out when I press the “compose” button. It’s a feature regular gmail does have. Also, I’ve noticed that sending and receiving emails takes a shorter time than before. I compared it to the browser version and it is very noticeable. Update (8.2.2016): I have some concerns every time there’s an update. Working smooth as usual. No big updates yet, but I hope to see more third party updates! Update (7.18.16): AFTER this update, the few glitches I’ve noticed with the app seem to be GONE! I’m very pleased with this update. I’m hoping that they will continue to add new features. Of note, one of the major updates is zipping entire folders for emails. At first I thought I can drag and drop a folder, but their directions specify that you "right click" on the folder and select “Share” from Kiwi for Gmail. It really works and it is quite useful for me as a grad student as I need to share an entire folder of articles with other students without using Dropbox or Google Drive. Update (1.8.16): These guys really CARE about the user experience. The most recent major updates also includes the following: (1) Increase text size by a shortcut (keeping with the OS X UI paradigm): Command (+) or (-) (2) New event on calendars have a shortcut: Control + Option + Command + E (for Event) just like the shortcut for a new message window (M instead of E). I’m looking forward to what this means for future updates! For someone who has three gmail accounts (one for school, one for personal and one for professsional), this application provides what I have been waiting for. No more being kicked out of one of the email accounts repeatedly. No more multiple sign-ins in one day. My favorite feature is the “Do not disturb” switch. For a grad student who needs to shut down distractions while being connected to email is very helpful - the unread count disappears, and you have no more distractions of new emails coming in. My second favorite feature is the new message window that I can access without looking at my mailbox; let’s be honest, sometimes you don’t want to see your inboxes - you can go to the menu bar icon and click to get a new message box from any of your gmail accounts without seeing your inboxes. Lastly, I love how I can access my calendar from any of my accounts in separate windows at the same time - and works better than in the browser. I used to use different browsers to be able to see my school and personal calendar at once. Now I no longer need to do that. Awesome!!!

Found helpful by 3 out of 3 people
Version 2.0.5
Review by tylerdmace

Getting smoother! - Prefer this to other email apps esp for gmail. Using google docs, sheets, and slides through this is something I use a lot now esp sharing stuff. I had issues with sharing files before and it says that’s fixed - seems to work now. I actually develop on both a mac and windows comp so the version for windows is something I’m gonna check out. Second an earlier review asking for hotkeys for new google docs in particular. Use those a lot. Keep up the good work guys.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.0.5
Review by ewBoston12

Good fixes - RightInbox pls! - I’ve been using this app for the last few months. There were a couple rough edges that glad to say are smoothed out in the update. Would love to see support for RightInbox guys.

Found helpful by 2 out of 2 people
Version 2.0.5
Review by ebear422

Mostly what I use - I use Thunderbird for a couple of things, like sorting for cleanup. Kiwi is faster bringing in the new mail (particularly when I have hundreds of already-read items in the inbox). I kinda have to use both.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people
Version 2.0.5
Review by Manta2011

Good email program for mac users - I like Kiwi for gmail because it includes all of the functions of the browser-based email but it’s neater and easier to work with. I especially like the ease of switching between my gmail accounts.

Found helpful by 0 out of 0 people