What Are Actions?

Actions enable users to interact with your product or service right inside Gmail and Inbox.

For instance, when a user receives an invitation to an event, she may be presented the option to RSVP interactively to the event from right inside the invitation. When she receives a notification that a magazine subscription is about to expire, she may be presented the option to renew it right from the notification.

Actions can be declared in two ways: as In-App Actions or as Go-To Actions. Multiple types of actions are currently supported.

In-App Actions

In-App Actions are handled in-place, inside Gmail and Inbox, without sending the user to any other website. Such actions include One-Click Actions, Reviews and RSVP Actions.

One-Click Action

There are many scenarios where the expected behavior from the user is to confirm a pre-defined request. For instance, when a user registers to a site, she receives an email asking her to confirm her registration. Similarly, a movie or music recommendations site could prompt a user to add items to a queue to enjoy later.

A Confirmation Button in Gmail A friend accept button in Inbox
One-click actions in Gmail and in Inbox

To learn more, see the One-Click Action Reference.

RSVP Action

A RsvpAction can be used for responding to an event invitation from inside the inbox. The inbox renders this action by showing the details of the event and a combination of Yes/No/Maybe responses defined by the sender.

RSVP Action in Gmail RSVP Action in Inbox
RSVP actions in Gmail and in Inbox

To learn more, see the RSVP Action Reference.

Go-To Actions

For more complex interactions, Go-To Actions can be used to provide a direct link to the page where the action can be performed. Clicking the button redirects the user to the page specified by in the action definition.

Go-To Actions should be used for actions that require multiple steps, or significant data capture that cannot be performed from the inbox. For instance, an airline sending a check-in reminder can add a Go-To Action to quickly take the user to the airline website to select a seat or request an upgrade.

A Go-To Action in Gmail A Go-To Action in Inbox
Go-to actions in Gmail and in Inbox

To learn more, see the Go-To Action Reference.

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