New email trick is super useful
Google's e-mail service Gmail has turned 15 and to celebrate the tech giant has introduced a handy new feature.
Users can now schedule emails to send at a particular time within Gmail.
"Just write your email as you normally would, then schedule it to arrive in your recipient's inbox at a later date and time," Google said in a blog post.
Here's how to do it:
First you'll need to actually wait for the feature to roll out fully which should happen in the coming days. Google said it started rolling out the feature on Monday but it could take up to a couple weeks to reach everyone.
You don't have to install any software upgrades to get new features in G Suite. Instead, features appear in users' accounts automatically.
Once you've got the update, when it comes to hitting send on an e-mail, you will notice that you can click on a little arrow on the right side of the blue "Send" button and then hit "Schedule send".
In the mobile app, tap the three dots in the top right corner to bring up the menu which allows you to schedule messages.
From there, you just choose the date and time you want it to drop into the recipient's inbox.
Scheduled messages will appear in a "Scheduled" folder while queued to be sent.
For some reason, Google thinks this has something to do with respecting people's digital wellness but at any rate, it's a welcome feature.
Until now, you had to rely on third-party Chrome extensions to schedule your messages or compose an email in draft mode and then go in a hit send at the desired time.
But now you'll be able to more easily schedule emails to be sent at any time of day or night.
The company has also improved its Smart Compose technology that guesses what we want to write and pre-empts us with suggestions to speed the whole thing up. Google says it has made the technology work to be more personalised to the user and their writing style.
So hopefully Google can figure out that I am far less liberal with my exclamation marks than it seems to be.
On mobile, Google is also bringing Smart Compose to Android and iOS, no longer making it exclusive to its own Pixel 3 smartphone.