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Change your Gmail settings

You can change settings for Gmail, like adding an email signature and choosing which notifications you want to get.

Get to the settings page

  1. Open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom, then tap Settings.
  4. Tap your account.

Settings you can change

Note: Some Gmail settings can only be changed on a computer.

Show Sender Images

When this setting is on, you'll select messages by tapping the sender's profile image. When this setting is off, you'll see checkboxes instead.

  1. Open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom, then tap Settings.
  4. Switch the "Show Sender Images" setting on or off. 
When removing messages

When you swipe a message to the left from your inbox, you can choose to either archive or delete it.

You can also archive or delete a message from your lock screen:

  1. Swipe the notification to the left, then tap View. If you don't see anything, press and hold the notification.
  2. Tap Archive or Delete.

Learn more about archiving and deleting messages.

Smart Reply

Learn more about suggested replies.

Privacy settings

Your iPhone or iPad has privacy settings that control how Gmail can use information on your device, like your contacts and photos.

If you want to access your device's contacts or photos while using Gmail, follow these steps:

  1. Go to your device's Settings app.
  2. Tap Privacy.
  3. Tap Contacts or Photos.
  4. Switch the "Gmail" setting on.

You can always revoke or change these settings by going back to your device's Settings app.

"Gmail would like to access…"

When you add contacts or photos from your device to a message for the first time, you'll see this prompt.

By tapping OK, you’ll allow Gmail to:

  • Autocomplete contacts from your device when you write messages
  • Access your photo library only when you attach photos to your messages

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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