What do technology and vacations have in common? Being awesome, of course! Though not many like the idea of mingling the two together, because if your line of work involves dealing with tech throughout the year, the last thing you want is having to deal with it while you’re supposed to be taking a break. But that doesn’t mean we can’t put it to good use while we’re away, does it? That’s where automation comes in. Email autoresponders have been around for quite a while, helping us set up an automatic response to be sent out to the emails we receive while we are away from work. While Gmail has had this feature for quite a while in the web app, at times you only realize after leaving that you forgot to set one up, and the only device you have by then is your smartphone. To address this, Google has added the ability to add a vacation responder to the latest update of its Gmail app for Android. Let’s find out how it works.
This feature was brought to Android in the latest Gmail update (v4.7) that started rolling out to users just yesterday. To activate the vacation responder, open the Gmail app and from its menu, go to Settings and select the account for which you want to set the vacation responder.
You will see the new ‘Vacation responder’ option right under Signature. Tap it, and you’ll be able to start composing the response of your choice, complete with subject, start date, and an optional end date that you can set to make sure the responder turns itself off after your vacation even if you forget to switch if off yourself. In addition to that, you can also choose to enable it only for the people in your contacts list and in case you’re using a Google Apps account, the people on your domain.
While limited in scope, the ability to set a vacation responder right from Gmail’s Android app when you no longer have access to a computer to set it from the web interface is certainly going to be a welcome addition for many. It’s one of those things that we might not find too useful when coming across it, but end up truly appreciating it when we find ourselves needing it.