A new feature rolling out to Gmail’s iOS app will allow it to automatically filter your notifications, so only the high-priority ones make it through.
The feature was first revealed at Google I/O earlier this year, but Google has announced that the update is rolling out to iOS users now.
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In order to enable the new filtering, you’ll need to select “High priority only” from the Notifications section of the settings menu within the app.
We’re yet to try out the functionality for ourselves, but we’ve got our fingers crossed that it actually works.
Google claims it leverages the company’s machine learning and AI prowess to separate your low- and high-priority emails, but it will be interesting to see quite how successful it is.
Although cutting out all spam would be ideal, if the system gets too aggressive then it runs the risk of not notifying you of important emails, which could end up with some very unfortunate consequences in the worst situations.
Combined with the changes to notifications that are already due to arrive in iOS 12, your phone notifications could become a lot scarcer very soon. It won’t stop you from compulsively checking your phone overnight, but it’s a start.
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