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

    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.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Mar 14 2021, 18:22 IST
    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)
    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 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)
    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)
    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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    First Published Date: 14 Mar, 18:22 IST
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