Smart Compose For The Gmail is Powering AI And Make typing an Email a lot simple
Email makes it easy to share information with just about anyone—friends, colleagues and family—but drafting a message can take some time. Last year, we introduced Smart Reply in Gmail to help you quickly reply to incoming emails. Today, we’re announcing Smart Compose, a new feature powered by artificial intelligence, to help you draft emails from scratch, faster.
Draft emails quickly with confidence
Product Manager Paul Lambert wrote that you could draft emails quickly and with confidence.
Smart Compose offers sentences you can accept by hitting tab, as you would autocomplete words in a word processor by hitting return.
The suggestions appear in gray. You can type to write your content.
From your greeting to your closing (and common phrases in between), Smart Compose suggests complete sentences in your emails so that you can draft them with ease. Because it operates in the background, you can write an email like you normally would, and Smart Compose will offer suggestions as you type. When you see a suggestion that you like, click the “tab” button to use it.
As a reminder, here’s a GIF of how Google showed the feature working during its Google I/O keynote. It suggested entire sentences based off the first word or two typed, and pulled in context from the world and your conversation to customize the suggestions even more.
Smart Compose helps save you time by cutting back on repetitive writing, while reducing the chance of spelling and grammatical errors. It can even suggest relevant contextual phrases. For example, if it’s Friday it may suggest “Have a great weekend!” as a closing phrase.
Over the next few weeks, Smart Compose will appear in the new Gmail for consumers, and will be made available for G Suite customers in the workplace in the coming months.
To get started, make sure you’ve enabled the new Gmail by going to Settings > “Try the new Gmail.” Next, go to the general tab in your settings, scroll down and enable “experimental access.” If you want to switch back, you can always uncheck the box.
How to turn on Smart Compose in Gmail
If you haven’t switched over yet, do so by clicking the Settings cog icon and selecting Try new Gmail. (Don’t worry, you can swap back if you hate it.) You’ll need to go through a welcome screen and pick the interface of your choice.
Once that’s done, you can turn on Smart Compose. Click the Settings cog again, then select Settings.
In the General tab—the one you start in—scroll down until you see an Experimental Access option. “Enable experimental access – Gain early access to features still under development,” the feature reads. Check the box next to the option and then scroll all the way down to the bottom to and click the Save changes button.
That’s it! The next time you compose an email you’ll see Smart Compose in effect. Words and phrases suggested by the AI will appear in grey; if you like what you see, press Tab to accept it.