Gmail stands out for its smart email features. But if you don’t like Gmail’s auto-complete or auto-reply suggestions, you can turn them off. Here’s how to turn off Smart Reply and Smart Compose.
What are Smart Reply and Smart Compose?
The Smart Reply feature in Gmail shows you three quick replies at the bottom of an email.
The Smart Compose feature gives you predictive text suggestions as you type an email.
You can disable both features in Gmail settings per account and per device in the Gmail web client or in the mobile app for iPhone and Android.
Disable Smart Reply and Smart Compose in Gmail for web
If you are using the web client, the Smart Reply and Smart Compose features can be turned off in Gmail settings. To do this, open the Gmail website in your web browser. Click on the settings button (which looks like a gear icon) in the top toolbar and choose the option “View all settings”.
Scroll down to the “General” tab and find the “Smart Compose” section. Select the radio button next to “Writing suggestions off” to turn the feature off.
Then scroll down a bit and find the “Smart Answer” section. Click the radio button next to “Smart Reply Off” to turn the feature off.
Then scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click the “Save Changes” button.
This will return you to the Gmail inbox. The next time you try to reply to an email, you’ll notice that the Smart Reply box has disappeared and you won’t be bothered by autocomplete suggestions.
Disable Smart Reply and Smart Compose in Gmail for iPhone and Android
If you are using Gmail on your smartphone or tablet, you must turn off the Smart Reply and Smart Compose features on your mobile device separately for each Gmail account. The process is the same for both iPhone and Android devices.
First, open the Gmail app on your iPhone or Android smartphone. Then tap the menu button (three parallel lines) in the top toolbar.
Scroll down and tap Settings.
Select the email account for which you want to disable the Smart Reply and Smart Compose features.
Scroll down and turn off the “Smart Reply” and “Smart Compose” features. After that, tap the back button in the top left corner to go back to the Gmail home screen.
If you are using multiple accounts in the Gmail app, repeat the process to disable the feature in all your accounts. That is it!