Smart Filters

Smart Filters let you choose which kinds of emails you care about and which kinds you don't. In this guide, learn about Smart Filters and how you can use them to more easily manage your inbox.

What are Smart Filters?

Smart Filters are pre-built email filters built around common topics or priorities, like Receipts, Security Notices, or Calendar Invites. Like the filters you create in your email client, they can determine whether an email you get is an email you want. Unlike those filters, however, they don't require you to build anything extra. Instead, you can select a Smart Filter in your dashboard, and every email that matches that filter will be left in your inbox automatically.

While Trusted Contacts handle emails from people you know, Smart Filters handle emails from people you don't. Even if an email isn't from someone you know, it might still have content you care about. Smart Filters make it easier to pick out specific emails by their content alone, no matter who sent them.

For example, you may want to receive shipment tracking updates on a recent online purchase, but you may not care about receiving promotional newsletters from the retailer you purchased it from. Or perhaps you want to get updates on your recently booked flight, but you don't have any interest in receiving other flight promotions from the airline. Maybe you don't care for marketing emails from apps you use, but would like to know when they make changes to their Terms of Service and Policies.

Smart Filters get pretty specific, so you can pick out precisely which emails you want to see.

How do Smart Filters work?

Under the hood, Smart Filters work a lot like the filters in your email client. They take keywords commonly found in emails and combine them with ANDs, ORs, and NOTs to create complex rules that define which emails match and which emails don't.

To be as accurate as possible, Smart Filters contain a lot of detail: they're built around lengthy lists of keywords—lists that have taken us a lot of time, expertise, and data to create. These keyword lists take into consideration things like similes, syntax, common phrases, different wordings, and much more. Smart Filters can also use the extra data in an email—data that you don't see when you read them in your email client—to get more accurate results. (If you're curious about what extra data comes in an email, you can see it for yourself! Learn how to view email source in Gmail, or learn how to view email source in Outlook.)

Every time you receive a new email that isn't from one of your Trusted Contacts, InMoat checks it against all the Smart Filters you've selected.

  • If the email matches any of your Smart Filters, InMoat leaves it in your main inbox for your immediate attention.
  • If the email does not match any of your Smart Filters, InMoat moves it to your @InMoat folder so it's out of your way until you want it.

*As a friendly reminder, InMoat never deletes, saves, stores, or modifies any of your emails without your direct consent. All it does is move emails from one place to another, so you don't ever have to worry about losing anything important.

How do I use Smart Filters?

To select the Smart Filters you want:

  1. Go to your InMoat dashboard. On the left sidebar, select the Smart Filters page.
  2. On the Smart Filters page, you'll see a tile for each of the Smart Filters you can choose from. Click a Smart Filter to select it.
  3. If you no longer want to use a Smart Filter, click it again to deselect it.

Every email that matches one of the Smart Filters you've selected will now be left in your inbox, and every other email will be moved to your @InMoat folder.

The sidebar button that takes you to the Smart Filters page.
The Smart Filters pane. In this example, four filters are selected: Renewal Notices, Security Notices, Your Appointments, and Incoming Calendar Notices. For this user, emails that match these four filters would go to the inbox, and everything else would go to the @InMoat folder.

What are the different types of Smart Filters?

InMoat comes with a library of pre-built filters based on common priorities. Below are some of the most frequently used filters.

  • Payment Notifications (like receipts, invoices, late-fee notices, and so on)
  • Calendar Notifications
  • Your Travel Itinerary (your upcoming travel,)
  • Your Appointment Notifications
  • Account Notifications (cancellations, email verification, terms of service & privacy policy updates, renewal notices, and more)
  • E-signature requests
  • Collaboration Notifications (chatters & mentions, task updates, accepted invitations to collaborate, and more)
  • Banking & Finances (monthly statements, credit card payment reminders, transactions, and more)

To view a comprehensive list of the different types of Smart Filters and how they work, you can read more in the Filters Library section of the Knowledge Base.

What if I need a Smart Filter you don't have?

We're constantly working to improve and expand our Smart Filter options. If you're looking for a new filter to meet your precise needs, let us know. Our email experts will work with you to design a bespoke filter. You can learn more about how to request a custom filter here.

If you have any other questions about our Smart Filters, please send a note at and a member of our team will reach out to you directly.