You can now customize Gmail for Android's swipe actions

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2018

It now remains to be seen when the customizable swipe actions will come to iOS devices, though it could be expected in the short term.

The search-engine giant also introduced an "early adopter programme (EAP)" for its newly designed Gmail with features like Gmail offline and nudging earlier this month. They are able to adjust both right and left swipe actions with options that spread beyond just archive or delete.

In the app's general settings, you can assign different actions to either the left or right swipe gesture in order to perform any of the following options: archive, delete, mark as read or unread, move, and snooze. This brings the Gmail app (on Android, at least) up to par with Gmail's web mail's ability to snooze your emails until later. With Gmail 8.5.20 Google is now giving users no fewer than five actions to choose from when performing a left or right swipe.

Once you reconfigure your swipe action, it should work across the entirety of the Gmail app. The update isn't available via Google Play Store, so you'll have to wait for Google to enable it via a server-side toggle.

If you're a fan of gestures, you should fine that the new options make it much easier to deal with the contents of your inbox.