In a blog post on Monday (April 1st, 2019), Jacob Bank, Google's Director of Product Management at G Suite, described a range of new features pertaining to Gmail. Most notably, Google is finally rolling out a new Write Now, Send Later function that lets you compose crucial emails whenever you want and now have the choice of scheduling them to send out at a later time. At the time of writing, it was only available on a few accounts, however, soon almost every user will get this feature.
How to Schedule Gmail with Write Now, Send Later
1. When the feature is turned on for your account, look for a new drop-down arrow in the Send box when you are composing an email in the browser.
2. After composing your message, click the drop-down arrow and select "Schedule Send."
3. A time-and-date selector will then appear, enabling you to choose when you wish to send your email. Gmail will then send out the message at your requested time.
Check out the gif below for a sample (credit: Google)
Smart Compose Improved
Mr. Bank also revealed that the firm is expanding its Smart Compose service, which assists users to draft new emails without requiring to key in recurring words and expressions, to Android. Bank added that the function will be offered to iOS users "soon."
Google states that Smart Compose is catching on with Gmail users. The function forecasts what users wish to state and recommends a word or expression that they can input with a single button press. According to Bank, it saves Gmail users from needing to type 1 billion characters every week.
In addition to a new mobile rollout, Bank said that Smart Compose will now intelligently adapt to how you write and stay in your voice. It will also assess a message's content and recommend a subject line.
Looking ahead, Bank stated that Google will continue to work on Gmail to make it "even smarter and more useful" for its users. He didn't state when all of the features would be readily available, however, since updates often roll out gradually, you may see it turn up in Gmail sooner than later.