Following Gmail’s 15th anniversary last year, Google decided to introduce a bunch of machine learning and productivity tools to its email service.
The additions introduced a way for Gmail to write email subject lines for users and schedule an email to send later. Smart Reply and Smart Compose are two of Gmail’s new tools. The features can be a little bit confusing or challenging, but they’re developed to offer us the best experience ever and to save us time.
Here are the ways to enable your Gmail responses.
How to Enable Smart Reply and Smart Compose
To let Gmail generate email text and responses, you first have to access your Settings menu. If you use Gmail regularly, then the following steps should be easy to understand:
- Find the gear icon on the top right side, click on it, and look for the Settings page;
- Scroll down to the Smart Reply and Smart Compose features and select “On” for both or either to enable the automated suggestions;
- You can also pick to allow Gmail’s machine learning to customize the recommendations based on the way you write your email; select “Smart Compose personalization;” for instance, if you greet your friends with “Hello, there” versus “Hello, all,” it will automatically drop in whatever you utilize most often.
If you utilize G Suite, you’ll notice that the feature toggle on Smart Compose is not available. Your G Suite admin must activate this option for the organization. It’s better to contact the person in charge if you’d like to enjoy the feature.
On the iOS and Android App
- Find the hamburger icon on the top left side to open the side section; scroll down until you see the Settings;
- Choose the Gmail account you want to make the change;
- Tap the checkbox on Smart Reply and “/” or Smart Compose to enable the feature.
After the settings are activated, your Gmail is set up to recommend replies and help auto-finish sentences based on your writing style.