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How to Turn Off Gmail’s New AI Features (And Why You Should)

Nancy Messieh 25-05-2018

There are a lot of great new features in the new Gmail redesign 5 Powerful New Gmail Features You Need to Start Using Right Now These new Gmail features from the Gmail redesign will help you manage your email better, faster, and with less hassle. Read More , including a handful that make use of Google’s machine learning algorithms 3 Magical Ways Artificial Intelligence Can Save Your Time Artificial intelligence is cutting edge. But the ultimate goal is to simplify our lives We look at how AI can write your emails, schedule your meetings, and save you time. Read More .


Up until now, these algorithms have contributed to predictive replies for users checking their Gmail accounts on the go using a mobile app. That feature is now being rolled out to web users, along with a few others.

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Some of the AI related features added to Gmail include:

  • Smart Reply: Predictive text to reply to emails based on your previous emails (for web users).
  • Smart Compose: Gmail will offer predictive writing suggestions as you write your email.
  • Nudges: Google will give you a reminder for emails you received a few days ago, but have yet to reply to.
  • High priority notifications: Google will flag only the messages it thinks matter the most.

These features depend on Google scanning your email to learn your patterns and what matters to you most. If you decide that these are features you don’t want to use, you should be able to turn them off once they roll out to you.

How to Turn Off Nudges and Smart Compose

So far, it appears you can only turn off two of those features Nudges and Smart Compose.


To turn off the Nudges feature, go to Settings and under the General tab, scroll down and make sure the two settings for Nudges are not checked. Gmail will have this feature turned on by default.

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To turn Smart Compose off go to Settings and on the General tab scroll down to look for that feature and select Writing Suggests Off.

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Which New Gmail Features Can’t Be Turned Off?

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It doesn’t appear possible to turn High Priority Notifications or Smart Reply off just yet.

And there certain things where you simply will have no choice. Last year Google announced it would no longer scan emails for advertising purposes, but would continue to do so to protect users from spam or phishing attempts.

And so with the redesign, Gmail’s automated scans will contribute to Google’s ability to prominently flag spam or phishing emails—and there’s no opting out of that.

If you don’t like the redesign at all, don’t forget that you can always just switch back to the classic Gmail interface How to Switch Back to Classic Gmail If You Hate the Redesign Do you want to go back to the old Gmail? Google no longer allows it, but here's how to almost go back to classic Gmail. Read More , at least for now.

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  1. Abbey
    October 23, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    How can I get rid of that stupid, annoying message that comes up every single bloody time I delete an email? It drives me to a level of rage usually reserved for when I see or hear Trump. How can I get rid of it permanently?

    • sufferingundo
      June 25, 2019 at 4:24 pm

      Yes, the torture of the "undo" pop-up is THE worst pop-up, and they won't just add an undo button at the top of the window but put this over our folder list. Years of suffering now! Someone could make a fortune by figuring out a hack to disable the dumb thing!

  2. dragonmouth
    May 27, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    "Smart Reply, Smart Compose"
    So Google IS reading all our emails! How else could they make these "features" predictive???!!!

  3. larise
    May 26, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    What's so frustrating and infuriating about reading tech articles is the perpetually unquestioning, fawning, toadying to whatever creepy thing Silicon Valley does. Were it some Chinese company doing this, tech sites would have been screaming in terror and advising users to stop using and delete, delete, delete!

    • dragonmouth
      May 27, 2018 at 12:50 pm

      Ahh, but there is a big difference! Silicon Valley companies are OUR companies and whatever they do is for OUR benefit. Whatever the Chinese (or any other country's) companies do, is a cyber attack against the United States and its inhabitants.