How to Turn Off Smart Replies in the New Gmail
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Google has added the new “Smart Reply” feature to its Gmail service on Android and iOS, and it works by scanning emails as you receive them, then suggesting pre-formulated responses that might be helpful.

For example, if you get an invitation to a birthday party, the automated response might be something along the lines of “I’ll be there,” “Sorry, I can’t make it,” or “Thanks, I’ll give you an answer soon.”

If you live under a constant barrage of email requests, the availability of one-tap responses is probably useful. However, if you aren’t comfortable with Google scanning the words of every single email you receive, you might prefer to turn off the feature. Luckily, it’s easy to do.

How to Turn Off Smart Replies in Gmail

Follow the steps below to turn off smart replies in Gmail:

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. Click on the three horizontal lines in the upper right-hand corner of the screen.
  3. Tap on Settings.
  4. Select the email account for which you want to turn off smart replies.
  5. Scroll down to General > Smart Reply.
  6. Unmark the checkbox next to Show suggested replies when available.
  7. Repeat the above steps for each email account you have.

Remember, if your only reason for disabling auto-replies is to stop Google snooping in your inbox entirely, it’s not going to work.

Google is already scanning your inbox for spam, phishing attacks, and viruses—though admittedly, these scans probably don’t read your emails word-by-word in the same way that the smart reply algorithm would.

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  1. Sara
    September 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Guess what? Smart Reply is only optional in app form. On the web version you cannot shut it off.

  2. Sara
    September 25, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Guess what? Smart Reply is only optional in app form. On the web version you cannot shut it off.

  3. Bill
    September 19, 2018 at 1:56 pm

    How do I turn off smart replies in the web version of Gmail? Surely Google isn't forcing us to have these stupid buttons in our email messages?

    • opie
      October 8, 2018 at 8:53 pm

      open gmail. go to gear and pick settings. scroll down in general. click "smart reply off"

  4. Jo Biasi
    September 14, 2018 at 2:59 am

    I hate smart reply. It seems canned to me and I just hate it. I want to turn it off. This article did NOT help me do that.

    For starters- I am on a computer NOT a phone so I don't have the three bars to get to my settings I have the wheel instead- but I figured that out on my own. Then I look in General and there IS NO OPTION for Smart Reply. It seems to be on and you can't turn it off.

    This is going to make me dump gmail if I can't figure out how to turn it off.

    • Lin
      September 28, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      You can't turn it off on the web. (Yes, that is ridiculous.) Send feedback (Go to the gear and click "Send Feedback") and request that they make it optional.

  5. James
    September 9, 2018 at 8:02 am

    Google scans the words of your emails regardless of whether you use Smart Reply. It's just that by refusing to use Smart Reply, you're hanging on to the last remnant of your humanity.