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How to use Gmail's new ‘copy address’ popup menu

Here's how to quickly copy and paste email addresses on Gmail for Android.
Here's how to quickly copy and paste email addresses on Gmail for Android. (Yogas Design/Unsplash)

Google recently made copying and removing email addresses a lot easer on its Gmail app for Android. Here's how you can start using it right away.

Google has always allowed users to copy or paste email addresses on its Gmail app for Android, which used to be quite a difficult task. This was never an easy task - because selecting the email properly was extremely difficult and was only fixed in a recent update.

Instead of long-pressing an email address and hoping it allows you to copy the text, you can now simply tap an email address which should pop up a new two-button popup menu, with the options Copy and Remove which are also denoted by icons. We had reported about this feature appearing last week.

The older version of Gmail required a user to long press an address after it was entered and then tap the pop-up option. 
The older version of Gmail required a user to long press an address after it was entered and then tap the pop-up option.  (Android Police)

If you’re on the latest version of Gmail for Android you should be able to access the new system of copying and pasting email addresses with just a tap, although it seems to be enabled via a “server-side” update, so you’ll get it when Google turns the feature on (for you) at their end.

Step 1: Go to the Google Play Store and update your Gmail app.

Step 2: Open the updated Gmail app from your phone’s home screen or app drawer.

Step 3: Tap the Compose button to open the new message window.

Step 4: Now type in an email address in any of the recipient’s fields.

Step 5: Once you’ve entered the address, tap one of the recipients and the new pop-up menu should show up.

Step 6: You can either tap ‘Copy’ or ‘Remove’ from the new menu.

Here's what the new popup menu looks like on our device, and it opens with just a tap of your fingers. 
Here's what the new popup menu looks like on our device, and it opens with just a tap of your fingers.  (HT Tech)

The new copy feature will be especially handy for users who want to move a contact from one field to another or simply replace it with another contact. It will certainly help to make things easier when one is in a hurry and wants to quickly move an address from the To field to the CC field, or even to the BCC field, so give it a go as the feature should be available right away.

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