The Gmail app is already one of the best mobile email clients on the market. With the newly added ability to customize swipe actions, it’s even better.

How to customize the right and left swipe action in Jack Wallen explains how you can customize the swipe actions in Gmail

The Gmail app continues to evolve so that it is not only easier to use, but also more flexible. When you are a busy IT administrator, doing IT administration things, the last thing you need is a mobile email client that is clunky and less than efficient. In keeping with the Android UI, Gmail has given a little more love to swipe actions through customization. What used to be a fixed feature now allows users to customize what those swipe actions can do. Even though actions are limited to the options list, you are no longer locked to a right swipe delete and a left swipe file. Instead, you can select from the following list:

Although it may not be an extensive list, it offers just the right amount of options to make even the advanced user happy. Say, for example, you rely on folders to keep your email organized, but moving email around within the Gmail app has never been very efficient. Now, you can assign a right or left step to the Move To action, making the task much easier. Or maybe you rely on the Snooze feature. If you want Gmail to better fit your specific use case, that power is now at your fingertips. Note: Not all actions work with all account types. For example, the Snooze action only works with a Gmail account (not IMAP or POP.

I’m going to show you how easy it is to customize the right and left swipe action. I’m doing a demo on an Essential PH-1, running Android 8.1 and the June 14, 2019 update to the Gmail app. If you’re not sure if you’re using the latest app, open the Play Store app on your Android device, tap the menu button in the top left corner, tap My apps & games, then check to see if you have any updates available .

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How to customize swipes

Now that you’re sure your Gmail is up to date, customize your swipe actions. To do this, open the Gmail application. Once the app is open, tap the menu button in the top left corner. In the sidebar, scroll down and tap Settings. In the Settings window, tap General Settings. In the resulting window (), tap Swipe Actions.

In the sliding actions window), tap the CHANGE button associated with the swipe action you want to change.

By tapping on the CHANGE button, a pop-up window will appear where you can select the action that you want to associate with that particular swipe action.

Configure both swipe actions to suit your needs, and then exit the Settings app again.

That’s all!

That’s all there is to customizing Gmail swipe actions. With a quick change in settings, you can make Gmail better suit your needs. Personally, I’ve set up a right swipe Snooze and a left swipe delete (since I don’t need to archive Gmail, but I use the Snooze feature a lot with my Gmail accounts. With this setup, I use swipe motions, which makes Gmail much easier to use. Customize these actions and see if you don’t find Gmail a little more efficient.

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Henry Alexander

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an accomplished IT professional with a wealth of experience in the high-tech industry. As the IT Team Lead for Validation and Embedded Software at Qualcomm, he leverages his expertise to drive innovation and ensure optimal performance. With a career spanning over 40 years in Silicon Valley startups and consulting, Henry has been at the forefront of technological advancements. From software engineering to management positions, his diverse skill set has enabled him to navigate the ever-evolving landscape of technology. Currently, as an IT Manager and Web Administrator, Henry continues to contribute his knowledge and expertise to shape the digital future.

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