You can now customize Gmail for Android's swipe actions

Judy Cobb
June 12, 2018

In a recent update, Google is giving users some new options for customizing in-app actions.

The feature is available in the latest update to Gmail for Android, which bumps up the version number to 8.5.20. Until now, it was impossible to designate a certain functionality to swipe gestures - doing so only archived an email. For example swiping to the left would delete an email, while swiping to the right would. Swiping has been a fixture of mobile email apps for years now, and many of these apps allow users to customize these gestures, something Google oddly hasn't been able to add into Gmail until recently. The options for swiping now include: Archive, Delete, Mark as read/unread, Move to, Snooze, and None - and obviously you can customise both left and right. Yep, you are getting more control over them.

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To customize the option, head into Gmail for Android's settings - general settings - swipe actions and choose what you'd like your swipe action to do.

Android Police noted that the new feature may have been released via a server-side change exposed in the Android version of the app in the last few days.

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