A few months ago, Google introduced a new function called Smart Reply in the Gmail app for Android and iOS. What “Smart Reply” does is that it reads your email message and suggests three possible replies that you can tap on to quickly reply to the email message in a flash. This is very useful feature as it can save you a lot of time when you are traveling, do not want to type the message yourself, want to save time and quickly reply to the messages. But (like my aunt), some people can frown upon these brusque canned replies and then you have to spend a lot more time apologizing and explaining everything.
I personally disable this Smart Reply feature on email address that I use for personal contacts and enable it for business or official email addresses. This is how you can toggle it on or off in the Gmail app for Android:
- Launch Gmail app and tap on the hamburger icon to pull down the menu and select Settings from there.
- On the settings screen, select the email address for which you want to toggle Smart Reply feature. You may have one or more email addresses added to the same Gmail app.
- You will find Smart Reply option and it will show whether it is enabled (checked) or disabled (unchecked). Tap on it once to toggle it to enable it or disable it for the selected email address.
- Repeat the same steps for all the email addresses added to your Gmail app.
The Smart Reply feature is also available in the Gmail app for iPhone. The instructions for that app are also similar so it is not really necessary to repeat them once again. In either case, you should note that this feature is only available for the email addresses from Google (ending in @gmail.com).