July 31, 2021
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Gmail Users will Soon have an Option to Turn Off Smart Reply, but for Desktop Only

A disable desktop Gmail Smart Reply option will soon hit the web, for users to toggle the AI-powered tool off but the same won’t happen for Smart Compose…

Google launched the revamped version of its desktop email client back in April for its 1.4 billion users. The new Gmail redesign borrows heavily from soon-to-be defunct Inbox by Gmail. It sports a sleek new look, with categories in a left side column. And, it has a collapsible right side column with Google Calendar and Google Keep integrations. Users can easily archive, delete, mark as read, or snooze email with a simple click.

Disable Desktop Gmail Smart Reply Option coming Soon

Gmail for the web also gained two more features: Smart Reply and Smart Compose. For those unfamiliar, the former generates automatic suggested responses based on content and context. The latter, also powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, suggests phrases to complete sentences during composition. 

Each is built-into the interface, meaning there’s no way to turn either off. When Smart Reply first debuted, its suggestions weren’t always appropriate or sensible. But now, Google tells The Wall Street Journal it will soon offer an option to turn those suggestions off, at least on desktop.

However, there’s no word if it will still run by default on the app. And, Google says Smart Compose will begin to appear by default, starting later this month. So, it won’t have an option to turn it off.

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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