Gmail added smart replies to its web interface and its mobile apps. Smart Reply is a feature on Gmail that uses algorithms and machine learning to suggest replies to emails to users of the service. For example, if you get an invitation to a birthday party, the automated response might be something along the lines of “I’ll be there,” “Sorry, I can’t make it,” or “Thanks, I’ll give you an answer soon.”
It basically saves users the trouble of typing out a generic reply. They’re particularly useful on mobile.
There are two main points of criticism when it comes to Smart Reply. You may need to add more text to the message in many cases so that Smart Reply does not speed things up too much in most cases.
The second issue is one of privacy. To provide answers, Google’s algorithms need to scan the email to decipher topics and generate replies based on what is being discussed. However, if you aren’t comfortable with Google scanning the words of every single email you receive, you might prefer to turn off the feature.
If you don’t find them useful though, you can disable smart replies in Gmail.
Turning off Smart Replies on Gmail for Android
Follow the steps below to turn off smart replies in Gmail:
1-Open the Gmail app.
2-Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper Left-hand corner of the screen.
3-Tap on Settings.
4-Select the email account for which you want to turn off smart replies.
5-Scroll down to General > Smart Reply. Unmark the checkbox next to Show suggested replies when available.
Repeat the above steps for each email account you have.
Remember, if your only reason for disabling auto-replies is to stop Google snooping in your inbox entirely, it’s not going to work.
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Published on: Oct 15, 2018 – edited date: Mar 8, 2020