Google rolls out new settings for smart features in Gmail

Alonzo Simpson
November 17, 2020

Disabling the toggle limits entry to all of the aforesaid options and you'll flip them again on everytime you need from Gmail's settings.

But "in the coming weeks" Google will show a new blanket setting to "turn off smart features" which will disable features like Smart Compose, Smart Reply, in apps like Gmail; the second half of the same prompt will disable whether additional Google products - like Maps or Assistant, for example - are allowed to be personalised based on data from Gmail, Meet, and Chat.

If the user decides not to use smart features and personalization, they will still be able to use Gmail and other Google products. Summary cards can remain enabled; these show package tracking numbers, travel plans, and more.

Google is trying to continue offering useful features that improve the experience and ease of using Gmail and other Google products.

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"Soon, you'll see a new setting for controlling whether your data in Gmail, Meet and Chat can be used to offer "smart" features in these and other Google products", it said. The new settings will be available to regular Gmail users and customers with Google Workspace accounts.

Through the statement, the company also clarified that Google ads are not based on user's personal data in Gmail, no matter the choice. The company further adds that the ability to turn on (or not) some of these individual "Smart features" is not new but the new settings are aimed to make choices over data processing easier.

It was announced that Gmail, which Google has put into service for sending e-mails, will gain customizable features with a new blog post. "This new setting is created to reduce the work of understanding and managing that process, in view of what we've learned from user experience research and regulators' emphasis on comprehensible, actionable user choices over data", she said. For the past year, Google has been rolling new "smart" features that speed up your productivity.

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