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New ways to express yourself! Emoji reactions are coming to Gmail

Gmail users, get ready to communicate in a whole new way! Google is set to introduce emoji reactions in Gmail, allowing users to express themselves with icons rather than just text.

| Updated on: Oct 02 2023, 15:40 IST
Tired of managing excessive emails? Google just rolled out this new Gmail feature
1/5 Do you also face difficulties while managing your emails on Gmail? It is quite a hectic task to remove a large chunk of unwanted mail from the Android devices. Things are changing for the better now as Google has rolled out its latest update where you can get rid of this problem, but up to an extent.. (Unsplash)
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2/5 Gmail for Android is introducing a new feature – the "Select All" button – which facilitates efficient inbox management. This button will enable users to easily select multiple emails to clean up their inbox. (unsplash)
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3/5 While this functionality has long been available on Gmail's web application, it's a significant addition for mobile users. It simplifies the process of selecting multiple emails. This task was previously more difficult on Android devices. (Playstore)
4/5 With the "Select All" button, you will only be allowed to select a maximum of 50 emails at once. This is similar to the limitation present in the web version of Gmail. Despite this limitation, it was a much-needed feature for Android users. (Unsplash)
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5/5 As per a report by 9T05 Google, users can see "Select All" button in Gmail for Android on version 2023.08.20.561750975 for both Pixel and Galaxy, Android 14 and Android 13. It's worth noting that this change appears to be implemented on a device basis, rather than being tied directly to a traditional app update. The introduction of this feature is a step towards enhancing the mobile Gmail experience, making it more user-friendly and efficient for managing emails.  (Playstore)
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Gmail's new emoji reactions feature will be rolling out soon to everyone. (Unsplash)

If you are someone who relies on emojis to convey your feelings and reactions swiftly, you're in for a treat. Imagine being able to respond to emails with just a simple emoji instead of typing out a full response. Well, Google is working on making this a reality for Gmail users. The tech giant is reportedly in the process of adding the option to react to emails using emojis directly within the Gmail platform.

While this feature isn't live for everyone just yet, Android users can catch a sneak peek of it in action. Emoji reactions have been quietly integrated into the Gmail app, and with a bit of tweaking, you can enable and use them. A blog post by @AssembleDebug shed light on this feature, which is already partially functional.

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Emojis at Your Fingertips

In this new setup, an emoji reaction button appears within emails right alongside the traditional reply button. Initially, it provides you with a selection of popular emojis like hearts, party hats, thumbs up, laughter, prayer hands, and smiley faces. However, there's also a convenient "+'' button at the end that lets you pick from a vast array of emojis to react to the email. Once you've chosen your emoji, it will be displayed at the bottom of the email.

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What's more, you're not limited to just one reaction per email. Multiple reactions can be added to a single email, although there seems to be a cap at 50 unique reactions.

For the recipient, especially if they're not using Gmail with emoji reactions, your reaction will appear as a separate email featuring a prominent display of the selected emoji. However, Gmail users are designed to see the reaction as an integrated part of the original email, rather than a separate reply.

In essence, when you react to an email in Gmail, other Gmail users will see your reaction within the context of the original message, while non-Gmail recipients will view it as a reply email.

While Google has not specified the exact release date for this feature, the fact that it's already functional behind the scenes within the Android app suggests that emoji reactions in Gmail are on the horizon and will likely arrive sooner rather than later. Get ready to express yourself with emojis in your Gmail conversations.

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First Published Date: 02 Oct, 15:18 IST