Google Meet Videoconferencing Coming to Gmail iOS App

Google made its premium Meet videoconferencing service free to use last month, and now the company has announced that it's bringing Meet to the Gmail app for iOS and Android.


Google Meet offers many of the features that have made Zoom so popular in recent weeks, including video conferencing for up to 100 participants, the option to schedule meetings, and screen-sharing capabilities.

In the coming weeks, integration with the Gmail app will appear in the form of a new Meet tab, which can be used to view upcoming meetings scheduled in Google Calendar and easily join them with a tap.

The new tab also includes a "New meeting" button that lets users start a new meeting or generate a meeting link to share or schedule in Calendar. In addition, users can tap the "Join with a code" option if they've received a meeting link.

If a Gmail user has no interest in Google Meet, they can disable the Meet tab by entering Settings via the hamgurger menu in the top-left corner of the screen. Tap on the preferred account, scroll down, and toggle off the switch next to Meet.

Gmail for iPhone and iPad can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]
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Gmail App’s Dark Mode Finally Completes Rollout on iPhone and iPad

After months of delay and inconsistent functionality, the rollout of Google's long-awaited dark mode for Gmail appears to have finally completed on iPhone and iPad.


Version 6.0.200519 of Gmail, which propagated through the App Store overnight, includes the following release notes:
Pro Tip (if you haven't noticed): You can now switch between dark or light theme after upgrading to iOS 13. Or you can use the system theme set by default.
Google announced dark mode for its Gmail app back in September 2019, but rollout since then has been patchy on iOS to say the least, with some users managing to activate dark mode in the app, only for it to vanish on the next restart. Others haven't been able to access the feature at all.

With a bit of luck, today's update should bring an end to months of waiting for a large segment of users. To enable dark mode in Gmail on ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌, update the app on your device, then follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Gmail app.

  2. Tap the Menu icon (the three lines) in the top-left corner of the screen.

  3. Scroll down and tap Settings.

  4. Tap Theme. (If you don't see the option, try force-quitting and then relaunching the app.)

  5. Select Light, Dark, or System default. The latter option makes Gmail's theme default to your device's system settings, which is a useful option if you've set the appearance of iOS to change automatically depending on the time of day.
Note that if your device is running iOS 11 or iOS 12, you'll see a Dark theme toggle instead of a Theme submenu in the Settings screen.
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Gmail Users Bring Renewed Attention to Issue With Apple’s Mail App Popping Open Sporadically on Mac

In a blog post shared on Reddit, software engineer Philipp Defner has brought renewed attention to a years-old issue that results in Apple's Mail app randomly popping open as the frontmost application on the Mac.


"If you are in full screen mode — like when you are giving a talk or watching a movie — it opens itself up in split view mode where it takes up half the screen while your other main window is being resized," wrote Defner, in line with similar comments shared across the MacRumors Forums, Apple Support Communities, and elsewhere.

The issue appears to be related to a potential connectivity or syncing issue with certain Gmail accounts, with some users noting that creating an app-specific password for your Gmail account is an effective workaround. Other users simply keep the Mail app minimized in the Dock instead of closed entirely to avoid it from popping open sporadically.

Defner notes that the issue has been occurring since at least macOS Sierra and continues in macOS Catalina. Affected users are hopeful that Apple can implement a fix, although it is unclear if there is anything it can do on its end.
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Gmail App for iOS Gains Support for Siri Shortcuts

Google today updated its Gmail app for iOS to add support for Siri Shortcuts.

With ‌Siri‌ Shortcuts, Gmail users can create a shortcut that will allow them to send an email using a ‌Siri‌ voice command. Sending an email is the only capability that Google has included at this time.


‌Siri‌ Shortcuts is a feature that Apple first introduced in iOS 12, so it has taken Google several months to implement support.

The shortcut for sending an email can be set up within the Settings section of the Gmail app or in the Shortcuts app. Gmail can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Gmail for iOS Gaining Integration With Apple’s Files App for Adding Attachments

Google is rolling out an update to its Gmail app for iOS devices so that users can upload attachments from Apple's native Files app.

When the new feature becomes available, tap the paperclip icon when you're composing or replying to a message in the Gmail app. This will bring up a sheet with carousels for "Camera roll" and "Attachments" (formerly named "Recent attachments").

This new Attachments section will feature a special folder icon for directly accessing the contents of the Files app on your iPhone or iPad, including access to the native search and selection tools of the Files extension.

As for the rollout timeline for the Files integration, Google says there will be an extended rollout which may take longer than two weeks for "feature visibility." Whether that means this is a server-side change or requires an updated version of the app is unclear.

The Gmail app is a free download available on the App Store. [Direct Link]


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Gmail for iOS Gains Setting for Automatically Blocking Images

Google today updated its Gmail app for iOS devices with a new image blocking setting for easier access to the option designed to prevent Gmail from automatically loading attached images.

Many email tracking clients use small, invisible images as a means of tracking when an email has been opened and viewed, allowing for invasive features like read receipts.


Gmail on the desktop has long had the setting that lets images be blocked by default, but now that setting is also accessible on iOS devices for personal Gmail accounts, so it's easier for those who primarily use iOS devices to activate it. From the release notes for the latest update of Gmail:
You can now choose to be asked before external images are displayed automatically. To enable this for new incoming messages, go to Settings > specific account > Images and select Ask before displaying external images.
As The Verge points out, this appears to be a response to a recent controversy with Superhuman, an email app that allowed users to track the location of a person who opened an email as well as what time of day the email was read.

Location tracking has been removed entirely and read receipts are off by default in Superhuman following public outcry, but the issue did raise awareness about tracking features in email apps, which may have prompted Google to expand the setting to iOS devices in addition to the web.

Gmail can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Gmail for iOS Gains Customizable Swipe Actions

Google today announced that its Gmail for iOS app has been updated with customizable swipe actions that can be set to do the following things: Archive, Trash, Mark as read/unread, Snooze, and Move To.

These are the actions that will be enabled when you use the left and right swipe gestures on emails in your inbox in the recently redesigned Gmail for iOS app.


You can customize the gestures by opening up the Gmail for iOS app, selecting the Settings section, and choosing Swipe Actions.

Google says that the same swipe actions can now be used for notifications. On an incoming Gmail notification on iOS, if you long press or 3D Touch, you can get your swipe options to interact directly with emails without opening up the app.

Google says that the customizable Gmail swipe actions are rolling out to users today, but it could take up to 15 days for the option to become available to everyone.

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Google to Shut Down ‘Inbox by Gmail’ on April 2

Google will shut down its "Inbox by Gmail" app on April 2, the company has confirmed to users of the email app.

Google announced in September that it would be shuttering the app toward the end of March 2019, but didn't give a set date for when that would happen.


However, as noted on Reddit, users of the app yesterday began being notified that the app would be "going away in 15 days," which points to April 2 as the end date.

Inbox by Gmail was an experimental email app, offering users features like snoozing emails to check later, Smart Reply, high-priority notifications, and more.

Google says that in the four years of the app's life it "learned a lot about how to make email better," adding some of the most popular Inbox features directly into its main Gmail client, to which the company is directing existing Inbox users.

To help users transition from Inbox to Gmail, Google has set up a guide on its support website. Google says the new Gmail, launched in April, will be a good home for former Inbox users as it incorporates many of the same features as Inbox, in addition to new ones.


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Gmail, Google Docs and Google Sheets Gain Support for 2018 iPad Pro Models

Google today updated its Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Sheets apps for iOS devices, introducing support for the new 11 and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models.

The update brings an optimized form factor that no longer features distracting black bars at the top and bottom of the display in portrait mode or at the sides in landscape mode. Following the update, the Gmail app takes up the entirety of the iPad's display, providing more detail on the screen at once, and the same goes for the Google Docs and Sheets apps.


Apple first introduced the new iPad Pro models in October 2018, so it's taken Google three months to add optimization for the tablets.

Gmail can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Google Docs can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

Google Sheets can be downloaded from the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

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Gmail Redesign for iOS Rolling Out Starting Today

Google today announced that its mobile apps for Android and iOS are gaining a new look to bring them in line with the design changes and new features that were previously made available on the web.

With the updated version of Gmail for iOS, attachments like photos can be viewed without opening or scrolling through a conversation.


There are clear alerts when an incoming email looks suspicious, and Google has made it easier to switch between personal and work accounts.

Google says the redesign that's rolling out to iOS and Android users "in the coming weeks" is part of a larger effort to make its G Suite products look and act like a family of products, all with Google's Material Theme.

Web apps like Gmail, Drive, Calendar, Docs, and Sites have already been updated with the redesign, and later this year, additional mobile apps will be revamped.

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