What you need to know
- Google has added a useful new feature to the Gmail for Android app.
- Gmail for Android now offers new buttons that make copying and pasting email addresses easier than before.
- The feature appears to be rolling out to Gmail users with a server-side update.
The Gmail Android app has started receiving a new feature that makes it easier for users to copy and paste email addresses. As spotted by the folks over at Android Police, Google has added new buttons for "Copy" and "Remove" to one of its best Android apps.
When you long-press on any email address in the To, Cc, or Bcc fields in the app, a new window will appear with the associated name and the two new buttons. The copy button copies the email address to the clipboard, allowing you to paste it into another field. On the other hand, the new remove button lets you clear the selected email address from a field. Until now, users had to select an email address, long-press on it, and then tap on the Copy button.
It is worth noting, however, that the remove button will not delete the email address from all fields. For example, if you have the same email address in both the To and Cc fields, and you delete the one in the To field, the other one won't be deleted.
Unfortunately, the useful new feature doesn't appear to be widely available yet. It is likely that Google is A-B testing the feature, which is why only some users are seeing the new Copy and Remove buttons in the Android app. The last major Gmail update was rolled out in December, when the app gained the ability to edit Office attachments using Docs, Sheets, and Slides.