Gmail app will now make phone numbers and addresses clickable

Muriel Hammond
September 20, 2017

Obviously, clicking an email address assumes you want to email that person and so it will lead to a compose new email window in your device's default email client.

As the conversion is carried out automatically, there's nothing Gmail and Inbox users actually need to do. The company is rolling out an update that turns addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses within messages into clickable links.

The update to Gmail and Inbox will take effect in Gmail and Inbox on Android, iOS, and the web over the next three days.

The search engine giant recognized that users of Gmail exchange information such as addresses and phone numbers to set up meetings, plan events, and introduce colleagues & friends.


As you might expect, clicking/tapping on an address will open Google Maps to that location. Having to switch apps and copy and paste lines can be annoying, or even just having to copy and paste one line can be mildly frustrating, especially if you have to fiddle with the text selection. Click an email address and. you get the idea. The alert from Gmail will come in form of a box, letting iOS users know how it is leading to an untrusted website.

Both Android and iOS offer the number linking feature at the operating system level, but other functions, such as linking contacts and addresses, is new to Gmail, notes The Verge.

Google also this year increased the file size limit for Gmail. Google's computers can identify objects in photos, so picking out an address or phone number shouldn't be that much of a challenge.

This new feature will help users to take actions rapidly while surfing through mail.

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