Google’s been delivering a bunch of overdue updates to Gmail over the past few weeks, and one more arrived in the latest update on Android: the ability to customize what happens when you swipe an email to the left or right. The addition was spotted by Android Police.
Previously, swiping an email in your inbox would archive it, no matter what. That was useful, but not nearly as useful as it could be, since swipe gestures can really help you clear out your inbox so long as their actions fit with the way you work. Swipes have been a fixture of mobile email apps for several years now, and many of them offer users the ability to customize what they do, so it’s an overdue addition from Google.
Gmail’s swipe gestures are not the most customizable in the world, but you have enough options here to make it useful. In settings, you can now assign the left and right swipe to either archive, delete, mark as read or unread, move, or snooze an email. (Snooze being one of Gmail’s other recent — and overdue — additions.) You can change your gestures by going into settings, then general settings, and then choosing “swipe actions.”
Unfortunately, the customization option hasn’t come to iOS yet. But seeing as Google’s been releasing a bunch of new Gmail features across the web and its apps recently, chances are it’ll arrive soon enough.