It goes without a say that Gmail is the most used email app anywhere in the world. That probably explains why Google is always up and doing when it comes to adding new features. The email service is already hailed by many as useful for both business and personal use, but that has not stopped the developers from adding more important features. Fresh from overhauling Gmail only a couple of weeks ago, Google has once again updated the service [the Gmail app for Android] with new customizable swipe actions.
The new update will let you customize what happens when you swipe an email either to the left or to the right. Spotted by Android Police, you can now customize your swipe actions, which means you can choose a different one to perform—and it does not matter whether you swipe right or left. The update brings the Gmail app for Android to version 8.5.20—about time too.
What is not clear at the moment is when the feature was added by Google, but the good thing is that a much needed updated has now been added to make the app more useful for everyone. The Swipe actions checkbox is located in your Gmail Settings leading to a menu that takes you to a different page.
Tap on it to choose a different action for each swipe direction. Among actions to choose from include: Archive, Delete, Mark as read/unread, Move to, Snooze, and None.
Settle for any of the actions of your choice, and every time you browse any folder or inbox inside the Gmail app for Android, a simple swipe in each direction will perform the action you have chosen.
The swipe actions feature is currently only available on Android with no word yet on whether or not an iOS version will be released or available soon.
In April, Google updated its Gmail email service by adding some powerful feature to make the service even more useful for everyone. Among other features, Google added the following:
Email snoozing: This is one feature that is gaining a lot of attention these days—a lot of email services are now adopting. Not to be undone by others, email snoozing has now been integrated into Gmail. For now, email snoozing is only available on Gmail on the web. Perhaps, we could yet see this feature added to the Gmail app in no-distant future.
Confidential mode: This new feature allows you to set an expiration date for all your sensitive email. What that means is that the email can be revoked at the expiration of a set date. This works by sending a link instead of the confidential email directly to the recipient. The sent link leaves your mailbox from where the recipient is able to access it via his Gmail account or another email service. The sender is always in charge of how long the recipient gets to access the message—it’s all about putting a time-limit on the access granted to the other party.