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A lot of people are super confused about how to use the new pinch-to-zoom and swipe to delete / archive features. Here's the breakdown.
  • Pinch to zoom: You need to go into the General settings menu and enable "Auto-fit messages" to use pinch zooming. Pinch zoom only works when this feature is enabled.
  • Swipe to delete / archive: The swipe action can be configured from the General settings area as well, look for "Swiping conversation list." You can choose "Archive or delete" - which archives from the Inbox (or strips a label from a non-inbox message and sends it to All Mail), but will only delete a messages from the All Mail / Spam folders (it does nothing in Trash), "Delete only" which deletes from everywhere, or "Do nothing" ... which does nothing. Yeah, we're not sure what Google was thinking, either.

The wonderful new revision to Gmail we first covered back in October is officially live for all Android 4.0+ devices. It brings message auto-fitting and zooming (via pinch), swipe to delete / archive, in-app video and photo attachment capability, larger photo previews, along with a brand-new gallery view for emails with multiple image attachments.

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Smaller changes include removing the message text size option (because pinch to zoom is now present), contextual unread counts for each label (as opposed to just the inbox), and a permanent anchor for the "inbox" label on the drop-down menu at the top of the app. Oh, and praise all that is holy: attachments are back where they belong - at the bottom of the message.

Head to the Play Store to grab the latest version of Gmail now. And remember, this is only for Android 4.0 devices! You can also check out this post by the Gmail team on Google+ to learn more about the new update.

David Ruddock
David's phone is whatever is currently sitting on his desk. He is an avid writer, and enjoys playing devil's advocate in editorials, and reviewing the latest phones and gadgets. He also doesn't usually write such boring sentences.

  • jammer

    Not available to me

    • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann


      • jammer

        I'm guessing we'll see it before the end of the day, but who knows.

        edit: now it's live

    • John

      just install it from play store - over current install. that usually works when play store on your device doesn't see update yet

      • jammer

        It wasn't available to me in the play store at the time, but it has since appeared. I looked at both mobile and desktop play stores.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      It's rolling out - keep checking, or use the web Play Store to push it to your devices manually. That almost always works.

    • Huton Gergö

      Enter Play Store on device, go to myapps or all search gmail there and click on it and than in seconds the update button appears

      • jammer

        See my comments below. I eventually got the update.

  • JT


  • IncCo

    Hell yes !

  • Gomez

    I had to go into my settings and change it to Auto-fit messages (Shrink messages to fit the screen and allow zooming)

  • Kobi Medrish

    When will they enable the option to sent e-mails to groups...

  • garychencool

    Updated and it works!

  • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

    This is not present on my GNex Android 4.2.1 and Gmail 4.2.1
    "• Auto-fit messages to screen and message zooming"

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ David Ruddock

      Go to General Settings and enable auto-fit.

      • http://twitter.com/LV2355 Laurentiu

        Great. Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/Chasev13 Chase Vandiver

    Google should probably tell people that the new features are in the settings or enable them by default.

  • yankeesusa

    Awesome. Just got the update. Now gmail is definitely one of the best if not the best gmail app around. One question I have, what is archiving again and what does it actually do with the message? I could never figure that out. I guess I'll google it also unless someone answers it here.

    • Sam

      Archiving essentially just removes the top label.
      So if you're in your inbox, it removes it from your inbox (so you can still see it from All Mail or any other labels it's in).
      If you're looking at it from within a label, then archiving will remove that label.

      Assuming you're asking because of the swipe-to-archive, be aware that the default behavior for swiping a message away while in a system label (like all mail, or sent, etc) is sending to to your trash.

    • Lexster

      Archiving basically takes the message from your inbox, but makes it so you can still search for it in the future, as opposed to deleting, which completely removed the message.

  • Lexster

    Oh, it's so nice...just having the email display so that the whole thing fits on the screen instead of seeing just a quarter of the whole email at a time is wonderful. Makes me why it took YEARS for this, though...

    • Christopher Payne

      I think I would have rather had them allow media queries so designers like myself can make it resize emails accordingly and be better for the consumer.

  • hyperbolic

    Thank you !

  • Cherokee4Life

    you know why I love Android Police?

    for the little things. Like screenshots.!! :) Thanks guys


  • Karlo E.

    Now if only the swipe did both archive AND mark as read... Perfection.

  • carbonated_turtle

    I sure hope it sucks as much as every previous version!

  • dbareis

    Tying "Pinch to Zoom" to "Auto-fit messages" is stupid and the fact that in some emails it fails to work plus there is a limit on how far it zooms limits its use, without my glasses on the previous font size option was better, they have made it less useful for me :-(

  • Arcest

    The autofit stuff is very good, very similar to Kaiten mail and K-9 mail.

  • Tim Thompson

    cool features, works as advertised

  • Freak4Dell

    Sweet. I could never get the unofficial versions to work. Time to finally fix my phone.

  • AllPurposeRadio

    Don't know I'm giving it another try over my Bionics built in email app. Swipe actions and the auto fit are pretty sweet but still missing a few key features...I'd like a dark mode option and way to sort by sender. If there is way to sort I'm missing please let me know.

  • http://www.androidpolice.com/author/ron-amadeo/ Ron Amadeo

    BTW, I did a teardown of this vs the Nexus 4 version, and there is one new thing. There's a new "What's New" section.

  • slickware

    Wake me when they remove conversation view.
    Hate, hate, hate, hate it.

  • QuanahHarjo

    All well and good I guess, but until I can actually make new tags from mobile, I won't be all that content. Being able to filter into tags is the whole reason i switched from Yahoo to Gmail, and being required to go to a browser to do it is annoying. Am i missing something?

  • mma173

    Hope that the stock E-Mail app in next. The 'Exchange' support is so poor.
    I also wonder why it's not updatable through the store?!

  • Dustin Miles

    Weird, I've got swipe to delete/archive but no pinch/autofit. Version #4.2-478

  • http://www.facebook.com/wakedelie Elie Waked

    How can I attach a file to my email? rather than picture and video?

  • Aakaash

    Why can't I batch-select emails to delete anymore? Now I have to long press all the ones I want to delete at once. It's a pain in the ass for morning spam if you ask me...