Google always cares about the outlook and functionality of its apps; but sadly, it has been a bit lazy as far as the Gmail app for iPhone is concerned. Until recently, the Gmail app for iPhone has been an average looking app with average features. But now, it seems like Google has realized the importance of keeping up with its name.
While Gmail app for Android was an eye candy with all the features of a high-quality mailing app, the Gmail app for iOS lacked certain quality which kept the iOS users from enjoying the app as Android users do. Things have changed a lot now.
The latest updates to the Gmail app for iOS have made it prettier and easier to use. We have almost the same features in Gmail iOS app as those of Gmail android app. For example, simple yet very useful features such as Swipe to archive/delete have been added in the Gmail iOS app.
The recent updates have also added brand new features in the app such as Undo send function. Although ‘Undo Send’ is not ‘brand new’ as it was first introduced in the Google Inbox, but it is certainly a new addition to the Gmail app.
There is always more to an update than just a beautiful shape and a couple of highlighted features. Today, we will explore some of the latest features in the Gmail app for iPhone. Moreover, we will provide some useful tips and tricks to utilize these new features and updates to the fullest.
Set up a Vocation Reminder in Gmail App for iPhone
Vocation reminder is a new Gmail feature that automatically reminds your friends, colleagues, and family that you are on vacations. Hence, you don’t get bothered by the frequent emails and are able to get the best out of your vocations.
To set up a vocation reminder in Gmail app for iPhone, follow these steps:
- Open the Gmail iOS app and Tap on the Menu button that is located at the top left of the interface.
- Tap on the Settings.
- Enable the Vocation Responder from the toggle.
- Fill in all the fields such as start and end dates of the vocation, your message, and the subject line.
- Tap on the Save button to finish the job.
- The vocation responder automatically syncs with the web Gmail. If you have activated the vacation responder feature on your Gmail web app, you don’t need to activate it on your Gmail app for iPhone as it will automatically sync with the web app.
Mute a Spammy Mail Thread
Many a times, we get caught up in a Gmail email thread that just doesn’t stop. For example, if you are in a team that successfully completed a project recently, you will get messages such as ‘Congrats’, ‘Good Job’,’ Well Done’, and so on from everywhere including colleagues, bosses, and teammates. Honestly, the first few emails are fine but it starts to get annoying at a certain point and you hate every new notification that you receive every other second just because of that thread.
Luckily, there is a way to mute such a thread and you will only receive a notification when only your email ID is put in the ‘To’ section. This saves you from tons of messages and notifications.
To mute such an email thread, follow these steps:
- Open your Gmail app for iPhone.
- Open the thread that you want to sush.
- Tap on the vertical three-dot button.
- Tap on the Mute.
If you feel like the congrats storm has now cooled down and you want to follow up on what your teammates are talking about, you can unmute the thread by following some easy steps.
- Open the email app.
- On the search bar, type ‘is: muted’.
- If you have multiple muted threads, you will get a list of muted threads as a result.
- Select the email thread that you want to unmute.
- Move the thread to the inbox.
- This will remove the Mute label from the selected thread.
Swipe to Read the Next Thread
This is a very smart and useful feature in the Gmail app for iPhone. This feature allows you to swipe and read the next email thread. This means that you don’t have to tap the Back button, scroll down, and finally tap the next email thread to open the next email thread.
By enabling this thread, you just have to swipe right to read recent threads and swipe left to read the older threads. The best part is, you don’t have to change any settings to get this feature as this feature comes by default.
Send Very Large Files Through Google Drive
The normal attachments in Gmail app for iPhone have their size limit; you only can attach files of just a few MBs with an email. However, if you have a file that is of the size in GBs, you can still send it to one of your colleagues or friends; by taking help of Google drive.
To send a large file or a large batch of files over Gmail, you will first have to upload those files in your Google Drive account. If you are wondering how you can get a Google Drive account, you don’t need to worry much because Gmail account holders have a Google drive account by default.
All you have to do is open your Google Drive account, drag and drop the file/folder that has the files to upload those files. Once the upload is complete, you can open your Gmail app for iPhone, and after composing your message, click on the attachment icon, you will see two options; ‘Attach file’, and’ Insert from Drive’. Select the ‘Insert from Drive’ option, this will open your Google Drive account where you will have to find the file that you want to send and then tap on a curved arrow that selects the specific file and attaches with the email.
Feel free to try these tips and tricks on your Gmail app for iPhone and let us know about your experience!