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How to Disable the Gmail Smart Compose Feature

The Smart Compose feature in Gmail is meant to help you type messages faster. But if you find it intrusive or annoying, you can disable it. Here’s how on the web or your phone.

The Smart Compose option in Gmail is a feature that uses AI to predict what you’re about to type before you type it. It analyses your writing patterns and automatically generates your frequently used phrases as you type. It is meant to help you compose your emails faster and finish sentences for you.

While you might find Smart Compose to be a helpful feature, often times it doesn’t give you the right text or writing style. Or, maybe you find the whole thing invasive or a bit creepy – “Why does Gmail know what I am about to type?” There are plenty of Gmail privacy issues users need to deal with already.

Whatever the case, whether you’re typing a message using Gmail in a browser or the app on your phone, here is how to turn off the Smart Compose feature.

Smart Compose feature

The Gmail Smart Compose feature can predict what you’re about to type next in your messages.

Disable Gmail Smart Compose on the Web

If you use Gmail on the web, log in to your Gmail account and go to Settings – click the gear icon in the upper-right corner.

Gmail Settings

Under the “General” tab, scroll down to the “Smart Compose” section. There you need to click the “Writing suggestions off” option. Your setting should be saved automatically, but you might want to verify by scrolling down and clicking the “Save changes” button.

Disable Smart Compose Web

Disable Gmail Smart Compose on Your Phone

The Smart Compose feature has been available for Pixel owners for a while, and recently Google rolled out a server-side update and it’s available on all Android phones. Now, this feature is definitely helpful while composing emails on a while on the go. Just swipe right to finish a sentence. Still, you might want to disable it on your phone, too.

To turn it off, open the Gmail app and tap the options menu button and then tap “Settings” from the menu.

Smart Compose Android Gmail App

Next, choose the email account you want to turn it off for – you will need to do this for each account you have set up. Then scroll down and uncheck the “Smart Compose” option. Note that here you can turn off Conversation View and Smart Reply is you want.

Smart Compost Android Settings

Keep in mind that Smart Reply is a different feature, though. It is the one that gives you replies at the bottom of a message that you can click or tap that is appropriate to the message.

That’s it. Now you won’t see any more predictive writing suggestions while typing out your messages using your Android or while using Gmail on the web. Also, note that at the time of this writing, it’s not a feature available for Gmail app users on iOS.


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