The world’s most popular email service, Gmail, now lets you set an expiration date for your emails, recall them, set passcodes for replies you send and more

Add SMS passcode to your emails

You can now add an extra layer of security to your Gmail account. Tap on the ‘lock’ icon in the compose mail. All you need to do is click on the ‘SMS passcode’ option, which by default should be at ‘No SMS passcode’.

Increase the email recall time

It can be useful in situations when you’ve sent a mail that you were in the process of drafting, or wasn’t sure that you had to send, mistakenly. Increasing the undo time up to 30 seconds gives you that some time to click on ‘Undo’ send and get the mail back inside your inbox. This option can be seen in the ‘settings’ tab inside Gmail.

Send self-destructing emails

This feature was introduced by Gmail last year. It lets you send an email and set a timer to it. The timer, although not visible, turns on the moment it is opened by the receiver. After the given time he/ she won’t be able to access that mail. This option can be found as a ‘lock’ icon at the bottom while composing a mail.

Mute unwanted mail chain conversations

It often happens that someone tags you in a single email and then several others start replying to ‘all’ and you’re buzzed every time a new mail arrives — even if it doesn’t have to do anything with you. In such cases, you can mute the mail conversation by selecting the mail chain and tapping on the three-dot icon on the above bar to ‘mute’ it.

View emails in a single conversation

You can turn off email threads and start seeing them as separate emails by going into Settings > General > Conversation view. It lets you keep track of different emails easily.

Use Gmail without internet connectivity

If you’re unaware, using Gmail offline is also a possibility now. However, the actual work will be done only when the device gets internet connectivity. If the offline mode is switched on, you can access Gmail, compose emails and save them.

This option can be found in Settings > Offline tab.

Preview emails on Gmail

Just like Outlook, you can preview emails on Gmail as well. You need to change the view settings. To activate it navigate to Settings > Advanced > Enable Preview Pane and save changes. Then go to the inbox and click on the view settings on top right corner in the same bar from where you access ‘Settings’.

Send pre-set replies

In case you’re not willing to write the same response to several people who have emailed you, you can use canned responses. Although you have to type that as well, it’s a one-time thing. To access it, navigate through Settings > Advanced > Canned Responses (templates).