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8 Gmail mobile app tricks for iOS and Android

Ben Patterson | March 19, 2015
There's more to the recently revamped Gmail app than just checking your Gmail inbox. Manage threads, sync subfolders, get notifications and more.

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There's more to the recently revamped Gmail app than a pretty Material Design. Read on for 8 new Gmail tricks, starting with...

Set a vacation responder (Android, iOS)
You can set a vacation reminder directly from the Gmail app, perfect for letting friends, loved ones, and coworkers know that you won't be replying for a good long while.

For Android:
Tap the menu button in the top-left corner of the screen, scroll down and tap Settings, then tap the Gmail account for which you'd like to set an out-of-office message.

Tap Vacation responder, then fill in the start and end dates, a subject line, and the body of your message. Checking the box next to "Send only to my contacts" will ensure that only people you know will get the message.

Flip the "Vacation responder" switch on, then tap Done.

For iOS:
Tap the menu button in the top-left corner of the page, then tap the Settings button (the one shaped like a gear) next to your email address.

Flip the Vacation Responder switch, then fill in the blanks--you know, start and end dates, subject line, message, and so on. Tap the Save button.

Bonus tip: Any vacation message you set in the web version of Gmail will automatically sync with the Vacation Responder settings for the Gmail app, and vice versa.

Shush an annoying email thread (Android, iOS)
Gmail makes it easy to "mute" an annoying message thread--like the kind where everyone chimes in with a "congrats!" or "so cute!" or "see you there"...over and over again. Once muted, the thread won't appear in your inbox again unless you're the only person in the To field.

For Android/iOS:
See a message thread you'd like to mute? Open it, tap the three-dot (for Android) or down-arrow (for iOS) menu in the top corner of the screen, then tap Mute.

Want to unmute a message? Search for "is:muted," open the muted message you'd like to unmute, then move it back to the inbox. That'll clear the thread's Muted label.

Automatically sync message folders besides the inbox (Android)
By default, the Gmail app syncs only your inbox (or inboxes, if you're signed into multiple accounts). All your other message folders--er, labels--will only be synced when you open them manually.

You can set the Gmail app to sync some or all of your labels automatically, not just the inbox--and that'll give you some interesting options when it comes to email notifications (more on that in a moment).

Tap the menu button in the top-left corner of your Gmail inbox, scroll down and tap Settings, then select a Gmail account.


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