Google’s Workspace utilities like Gmail provide top-tier productiveness shortcuts we have come to depend on, like auto-adding signatures below emails and customizable swipe actions. Google lately realized these swipe actions might additionally prevent a while sorting trash in your Messages inbox. The function is now gaining further customizable actions that may be outlined for swipe gestures.

Again in 2018, Gmail added assist for swipe gestures. Immediately, the implementation permits defining one motion for proper swipe, and one other for left swipe, though each actions will archive the e-mail by default. These swipe actions permeated to Messages as a beta check in July final 12 months, albeit with assist for simply three rudimentary choices — archiving texts, deleting them, and turning the swipe function off completely.


Now, Google seems to be testing new swipe actions, so you may mark the texts as learn or unread with a single swipe. The brand new choices are seen in Messages settings below Swipe actions on model 20230512_01_RC00 beta of the app. Nonetheless, it reportedly is not seen to individuals working the most recent beta (v20230515). We examined the newer model and noticed the identical factor, and once we returned to the appropriate beta construct, the setting was gone, suggesting the change could also be a server-side change on Google’s finish.

If this new swipe gesture sees a wider rollout, it could be a major function for many individuals, significantly these of us who are inclined to learn messages, get distracted, and overlook to answer for the reason that chat thread is not highlighted as unread anymore. On the very least, it could make the swipe actions in Messages corresponding to those within the Gmail app, serving to the consumer expertise keep constant throughout Google apps.

Extra personalization isn’t a nasty factor, so hopefully the function begins exhibiting up for extra beta testers within the close to future.

Thanks: Nick