Change Swipe Actions in the Gmail App for Android

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Gmail's mobile app is convenient for Android users because most people who own an Android-powered device, also have a Gmail account. If you're someone that receives a lot of emails, you'll want to take advantage of any feature that helps minimize time spent on handling those emails. One such feature that can drastically reduce tapping is Gmail's Swipe actions. By default, swiping left or right will archive the email. However, there are additional options that can be set for Gmail's swipe actions, such as; Delete, Mark as read, Move to, and Snooze.

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In the following VisiHow guide, we're going to show how to change both the left and right swipe actions in the Gmail mobile app. We'll also show how to check if you're running the latest version of the Gmail app. For this article, we used a Google Pixel running Android Oreo 8.1.0.

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Check for the Latest Version of Gmail

The steps below outline how to enable the Auto-update feature for all your apps. If you have this option enabled, you can skip to the section on changing Gmail's swipe actions.

  1. 1
    While on the home screen, swipe upwards to access your device's app drawer.
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  2. 2
    From inside the app drawer, tap the "Play Store" shortcut.
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  3. 3
    Once the Play Store app is open, tap the hamburger icon in the top left corner, followed by "My apps & games".
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  4. 4
    Tap the Installed" tab, then scroll down and tap the Gmail app
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    Make sure to tap the Gmail icon/name on the left, and not the "OPEN" button on the right.
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  5. 5
    Once on the Gmail app's information screen, tap the three-dot menu icon in the upper right corner, then tap "Enable auto-update".
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  6. 6
    When the pop-up box appears, tap "YES"
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    Remember, you can change the Auto-update feature from the Play Store app's settings.
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Change Swipe Options in Gmail App for Android

  1. 1
    From either the home screen or app drawer, tap the "Gmail" icon.
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  2. 2
    With the Gmail app open, tap the hamburger menu icon in the top left corner, followed by "Settings".
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  3. 3
    While on the Settings screen, tap "General settings".
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  4. 4
    From the General settings screen, tap "Swipe actions".
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  5. 5
    To edit the Right swipe action, tap the "CHANGE" link
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    When the pop-up appears, select one of the actions from the list. Select "None" if you don't want anything to happen when you swipe right on an email message.
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  6. 6
    To change the Left swipe action, tap "CHANGE"
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    When the pop-up options appear, select an action. If you wish for nothing to happen when you swipe left on an email, select "None".
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If you have problems with any of the steps in this article, please ask a question for more help, or post in the comments section below.

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