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This article was published on June 11, 2021


How to customize swipe gestures on the Gmail app

Get rid of those crap emails quickly

How to customize swipe gestures on the Gmail app
Ivan Mehta
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Ivan Mehta

Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh." Ivan covers Big Tech, India, policy, AI, security, platforms, and apps for TNW. That's one heck of a mixed bag. He likes to say "Bleh."

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I get a ton of emails every day, and not all of them are relevant to me. So when I check my inbox after every few hours, I need to quickly delete or archive emails that are not needed.

Thankfully, Gmail’s swipe gestures on its mobile apps let me go through emails in no time. Here’s how you can use them:

  • Open the Gmail app on your iOS or Android device.
  • Head to Settings > Mail swipe actions.
  • You can choose Archive, Bin, Mark as read/unread, Snooze, Move to, or None actions for swipe gestures.
Gmail's swipe gestures let you perform an action on an email quickly
Gmail’s swipe gestures let you perform an action on an email quickly

Personally, I prefer to keep archiving for the left swipe and moving an email to the bin for the right swipe. Both these actions in tandom help me get rid of irrelevant emails quickly. These gestures also come in handy if you want to organize your email better and might even help you reach inbox zero.

While you’re at it, you might want to check out our guide for scheduling email.

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