Google’s Predictive Email Typing Feature ‘Smart Compose’ Now Available On iOS After Web and Android Launch

Google has made the popular ‘Smart Compose’ feature available to Apple iOS users. The feature primarily relies on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning to instantaneously decipher and offer words to type. The feature might appear similar to Smart Reply, but in reality, is quite advanced and designed for dynamic typing.

iPhone users now have the opportunity to switch on and use Smart Compose while typing out emails on their smartphones. The feature first debuted on desktop or web version of Google’s Gmail last year. Shortly afterward, Google offered the feature on Android, its own mobile operating system. It is not clear why Google delayed the launch of Smart Compose for iOS. However, now that the feature is here, iOS users can start using the same to save time while composing a long or short email.

Needless to add, the Smart Compose feature has quickly become one of the most popular and must-have features for smartphone users. According to Google’s own claim, the Smart Compose has saved users the stress of typing more than 1 billion characters. It is rather a surprisingly tall claim primarily because the feature was only launched on desktop last year, and added to mobile just this year.

The Smart Compose launched exclusively on Google Pixel 3. However, the search giant quickly offered the same to every Android smartphone user. Reports indicated iOS users too, were expecting Google to extend the Smart Compose feature to iPhones the same way it was rolled out on Android. However, for reasons yet unknown Google didn’t follow through with the expected rollout, till today.

Smart Compose first debuted at the 2018 Google I/O conference. The feature appears similar to the Smart Reply feature that Google added to its email app. Incidentally, Smart Reply is also available and on by default on the web version of Gmail. The primary difference between Smart Compose and Smart Reply lies in the way they work. Smart Reply is not dynamic. It essentially offers multiple options to quickly reply to an email with the most common responses. Smart Compose, on the other hand, is much more intuitive and dynamic.

Smart Compose works by trying to understand the typed text. Google’s predictive typing AI quickly and dynamically suggests words and phrases that can be used to quickly complete a sentence that is being typed. Users have a choice to either accept the suggested text or simply continue typing. On the desktop version, users have to hit the Tab key to accept the suggestions. On the Android version, users have to swipe on the text to accept the suggestion. Alternatively, users can ignore suggestions and continue typing.

Smart Compose is one of the most important features that Gmail users on smartphones must use. Using the feature, users can save time by reducing repetitive writing. Additionally, the suggested text is completely free of spelling or grammatical errors. In addition to the powerful AI and machine learning, Google’s Smart Compose comes with support for four additional languages besides English. Google recently added support for Portuguese, Spanish, French, and Italian languages. Needless to say, adding these languages substantially boosts the appeal and usability of Smart Compose.

One of the recent improvements to Smart Compose includes personalization suggestions. In other words, besides the standard greetings like Hello or Hi, users could personalize their greetings with “Namaste”, “Ahoy” or something quirky. Once users start using their own custom greetings Smart Compose will suggest the same. Additionally, Google has ensured Smart Compose will suggest a subject line based on the email that’s being written.

Incidentally, Smart Compose is essentially a feature that Gmail users can choose to switch on or off. The feature is officially called Smart Compose, but users need to activate or deactivate ‘Writing Suggestions’ to use the same. Moreover, users who wish to use their own custom suggestions need to go to ‘Smart Compose personalization’ and switch on ‘Personalization’. All the settings pertaining to Smart Compose are quickly accessible from the ‘Setting pages which can be pulled by clicking on the ‘Gear’ icon on the top right corner.

[Update] It appears Google is also actively offering the ability to schedule emails in Gmails. The process is quite straightforward for scheduling emails to be sent at a later date. Users need to merely hit the small arrow near the Send button to activate the feature.

Alap Naik Desai
A B.Tech Plastics (UDCT) and a Windows enthusiast. Optimizing the OS, exploring software, searching and deploying solutions to strange and weird issues is Alap's main interest.