‘Swipe actions’ can now be customized in Google Messages in beta

With the most recent Google Messages beta update, you can now choose what occurs when you swipe away a conversation.

Simply default, Google Messages lets you instantly delete a discussion you don’t want to keep by sliding it away from the app’s home screen. Regardless of which way you swipe, the chat is promptly tucked away into the Archived page.

However, since Android 10 introduced full gestural navigation, swipe actions have become challenging. It’s a little too simple to swipe backwards in an attempt to send a chat to the archive instead. Since Google Messages recently added a navigation drawer, which allows a very similar gesture to launch it, the problem has grown even worse.

The most recent update to Google Messages beta version 20220721 adds a new Swipe actions page to the settings to assist prevent accidental message deleting. The new options give you the option to decide what happens when you swipe a message to the left or to the right, as was previously noticed by our APK Insight team.

Google Messages gives users the option to archive a discussion, completely delete it, or take no action at all. The UI for these choices, which was cleverly coordinated, closely mimics the customization page for swipe actions in the current Android version of the Gmail app. The left and right swipes in Google Messages can be configured to numerous alternatives, exactly like in Gmail.

Swipe actions in Gmail

The option to turn off one or both swipe directions is a good touch for individuals who are merely attempting to avoid making mistakes. Power users will probably value the option to distinguish between archiving and deleting by swiping left or right.

Comparing Google Messages to Gmail’s swipe actions, there is still room for improvement. In contrast to Google Messages, which only offers the ability to archive or delete messages, Gmail lets you quickly mark emails as read or unread or even snooze them.

It should only take a few weeks before the functionality is made available to everyone who uses Google Messages as it is currently broadly available in beta and is there on every device we checked. It simply takes two clicks to join up for the Google Messages beta if you want to use features like these before anyone else in the interim.

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