Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto-fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

Posted on Dec 3 2012 - 10:35pm by Mike Wewerka

Today, Google added a feature to its Android Gmail app that users have been requesting for some time, auto-fit with pinch-to-zoom. Since Google debuted the Android Gmail app, whenever an email came into your inbox—assuming it wasn’t just a text email—you’d have to scroll around to read the entire message. This has been a major issue, especially if you’ve ever received an HTML email from say Best Buy, Walgreens or any other major corporation that sends out large, image based emails. Now with the auto-fit feature turned on, emails open completely in view and require no scrolling around (see step 3). However, some emails may contain some small text, so with pinch-to-zoom, you can now enlarge emails quick and easy.

For some odd reason, Google decided not to turn on the feature by default, so you’ll have to do it manually. But it’s easy to do, just follow these simple steps.

1.) Open your Gmail app and tap on settings, then tap on General settings.

gmail general setting Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

2.) Scroll down and select “Auto-Fit messages.” Make sure the box is checked with the blue checkmark next to it.

auto fit messages Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

3.) Now back out and click on a message that may have an image or even one with just text. Now all messages will open and be fit to the window. You can of course, pinch and zoom to make the images and text larger, or smaller, depending on how you pinch.

email resized Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

There is another feature Google added to Gmail, swipe to archive/delete. Now, users can view the emails (in list view) and swipe left or right to delete or archive emails. This too, requires some users to turn it on. But it too is easy to fix.

1.) Like the Auto-fit feature, you’ll have to go to your settings within Gmail and then select General settings.

gmail general setting Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

2.) Scroll down and tap on the “Swiping conversation list.” This will open a box that will require you to pick your option.

gmail settings page Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

3.) You can leave the feature off, so it can do nothing, or you can have a swipe activate a archive/delete or just delete.

gmail turn on swipe Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

4.) Once activated, when you swipe left or right on an email (in list view) you’ll see the option like the one in the image below. If you tape “undo” it will return the email back to normal, if you choose to delete or archive, it removes it and the rest of the emails will file up.

gmail new swipe Google updates Gmail for Android with Auto fit and swipe to delete/archive, but you need to turn it on

These are some great new features, ones that probably should have been implemented a long time ago, but regardless, Gmail, may now be the perfect email app and now you know how to turn them on and get the most out of your Android device.