Gmail for Android: 6 awesome features you probably aren’t using

The Gmail app has been on Android literally since the beginning, but it’s gotten much more powerful over the years. Today, the app does so many things, it can be hard to keep track of them all. Now, you don’t have to know everything Gmail can do in order to improve your efficiency, so here are the six most useful Gmail features you probably aren’t using.

Gmail Smart Replies

When Google’s Inbox app came out a few years ago, it offered a different approach to email with various “smart” features like bundles, reminders, and Smart Replies. Now Smart Replies is available directly in Gmail, and you might not understand how useful this feature can be if you haven’t also used Inbox.

Smart Replies appear at the bottom of emails you receive based on the context of the message. Not all emails will have them, and you have to scroll down through long messages to find them. Smart Replies show up as three phrases in blue boxes. The phrases are simple responses like “You’re welcome,” and “Sure, I’d be happy to chat.”

Change your default swipe action to delete

Consider this two tips in one—there are swipe actions in Gmail, and you can change what that swipe does. In your inbox view, just swipe left or right to act on a message. If you haven’t made any changes to the settings, swiping an email will archive it.

Gmail text formatting

Gmail on the desktop includes various formatting tools, but you don’t need to run over to a computer to make your emails prettier. The Gmail app includes formatting options to—they’re just a bit hidden. To format a block of text, long-press to select it, and one of the options in the popup should be “formatting.”

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