A Guide on Smart Compose and Smart Reply on Gmail

In this post, we’ll see:

What is Smart Compose on Gmail?

Smart Compose, a feature in Gmail which is powered by machine learning, offers suggestions while composing an email.

This feature is on by default in Gmail web version (PC) and app (Android and iPhone).

How to Use Smart Compose

Compose your email as usual, and you can see the suggestion. If you want to use it, then press the Tab key (if you’re in PC) or swipe (if you’re in Android or iPhone). Else, continue typing.

If you don’t like this feature, then you can turn it off and here’s how you can do that on PC, Android, and iPhone:

Disable Smart Compose on Gmail

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account.
  2. Hit the Gear icon at the top right.
  3. In the menu, hit the Settings which you can find between Configure inbox and Themes.
  4. In the General tab, you can find Smart Compose between Autocorrect and Experimental Access. Beside it, you can see two options – Writing suggestions on and Writing suggestions off.
  5. Click on Writing suggestions off.
Selected Writing suggestions off option
  1. Hit the Save Changes button at the bottom.

Enable Smart Compose on Gmail

Follow the above steps and instead of selecting Writing suggestions off, select Writing suggestions on.

Smart Compose Personalization

The suggestions are based on your writing style by default.

If you want to turn off this feature, follow the below steps (remember that when you turn off this feature, you’ll get generic suggestions):

  1. Hit Gear icon > Settings > General tab.
  2. Find Smart Compose personalization. Beside it, you can see the Personalization off option. Select it.

Note: To turn on the feature – follow the above steps and instead of selecting the Personalization off option, select Personalization on.

Enable or Disable Smart Compose on Gmail for Android

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Hit the three vertical lines at the top left.
  3. In the menu, tap Settings which you can find at the bottom.
  4. Tap the email account for which you want to disable Smart Compose.
  5. Enable or disable Smart Compose option which you can find between Conversation view and Smart Reply.
Disabled Smart Compose

Enable or Disable Smart Compose on Gmail for iPhone

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Tap three vertical lines at top left > Settings at the bottom of the menu > Email address you prefer.
  3. Enable or disable the toggle switch beside Smart Compose.

What is and How to Use Smart Reply on Gmail

Gmail’s Smart Reply is a feature powered by machine learning, which will scan your email and suggest three replies according to the content of the email.

If you like any of the suggested replies, then click (or tap, if you’re on Android or iPhone) on the one you prefer and it will appear in the reply email. Customize that email if you prefer and then hit the Send to send the reply email.

Keep in mind that the suggested replies will not be shown in all the emails. Also, note that you’ll get better replies when you use this feature more.

By default, this feature is enabled in Gmail web version (PC) and app (Android and iPhone).

If you don’t like this feature, then you can turn it off and here’s how:

Disable Smart Reply on Gmail

  1. Sign in to your Gmail account.
  2. Hit the Gear icon at the top right.
  3. In the menu, hit the Settings which you can find between Configure inbox and Themes.
  4. In the General tab, you can find Smart Reply between Nudges and Desktop notifications.
  5. Besides it, you can see two options – Smart Reply on and Smart Reply off.
  6. Click on Smart Reply off option.
Selected Smart Reply off option

Enable Smart Reply on Gmail

Follow the above steps and instead of selecting Smart Reply off, pick Smart Reply on.

Enable or Disable Smart Reply on Gmail for Android

  1. ‚ÄčOpen the Gmail app. Tap on the three vertical lines at the top left.
  2. In the menu, you can see Settings at the bottom. Hit it.
  3. Hit the email address for which you want to turn off Smart Reply.
  4. Enable or disable Smart Reply option, which you can find beneath Smart Compose.
Disabled Smart Reply

Enable or Disable Smart Reply on Gmail for iPhone

  1. Open the Gmail app. Hit three vertical lines at the top left.
  2. Tap Settings at the bottom of the menu.
  3. Hit the email address you prefer.
  4. Enable or disable the toggle switch beside Smart Reply.