If you’re a Gmail user, Google has just made it even harder for you to “forget” to respond to crucial emails. With the recent launch of the redesigned Gmail webmail interface, Google is rolling out a new feature called Nudge. This innovative tool utilizes artificial intelligence to remind you to reply to emails that might have slipped through the cracks.
What is Nudge and How Does It Work?
Nudge is a smart feature that identifies important emails in your inbox and notifies you of the number of days since they were sent. It then prompts you to reply, helping you stay on top of your email game. To make this feature possible, Google uses its advanced artificial intelligence engine to scan your emails. It’s worth mentioning that Google no longer scans your emails for personalized ads since last June. Nowadays, Google uses AI to offer features like Smart Reply, Nudge, and high-priority notifications.
Google also uses AI to scan your inbox for another critical purpose – to detect and prevent spam and scam emails. While you can disable features like Nudge and Smart Reply, keep in mind that Google continues to scan your emails for security reasons. This scanning process ensures that scam emails don’t reach your inbox.
How to Get ‘Nudged’ on Important Emails
Nudge is enabled by default for all Gmail and G Suite users. However, Google is rolling out the feature gradually, so it may take a few days before it appears in your Gmail account. It’s important to note that you need to enable the new Gmail interface to access Nudge. If you haven’t done so already, you can follow our guide on how to get the new Gmail interface right now.
To recognize a nudge, follow these steps:
- Nudges appear alongside your email previews on the right-hand side. You’ll see the sender’s name, subject, and a preview of your email in black text. Select emails will also display the nudge in orange text, grabbing your attention. Nudges are positioned at the top of your inbox, ensuring they’re the first thing you notice.
- The nudge displays the number of days since the email was received and asks if you want to respond immediately. By showing the time elapsed since the email, you can prioritize the ones you’ve put off for longer.
- Not all emails in your inbox will trigger nudges. Google’s AI algorithms determine the importance of the emails that warrant a nudge. As the AI continues to improve and learn, Gmail’s nudges will become even more effective in highlighting what truly matters.
- Nudges serve two purposes. Firstly, they remind you of emails you may have forgotten to reply to, keeping the conversation flowing. Secondly, they suggest emails that you should follow up on.
An Alternative to Annoying Nudges
Although Nudge is enabled by default, you have the option to disable this feature in your Gmail settings. Disabling Nudge won’t turn off Google’s AI scanning of your inbox, but you won’t receive the orange text prompts to respond to important emails.
If you prefer to manage your own reminders, Gmail’s Snooze feature can come in handy:
- Hover over the email you want to snooze within Gmail. On the right side of the email preview, additional options will appear.
- Look for the clock icon, which represents the Snooze feature. Click on it to reveal a drop-down menu with various options.
- You can choose preset reminders such as “later today,” “tomorrow,” “later this week,” “this weekend,” “next week,” or “someday.” Alternatively, click “Pick date and time” to set a custom reminder.
With Gmail’s new Nudge feature and the ability to snooze emails, managing your inbox has never been more convenient and efficient.
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Source: This article was written for OnSpec Electronic, Inc.