Google has been delivering updates to Gmail back to back now. This time, Google made improvements in the ability to customize what happens when you swipe an email left or right. If you are using the latest version of the Android app (8.5.20) on your mobile, you’ll be able to customize the swipe gestures instead of using the default settings.
It is possible to enable the swipe actions features in the General Settings of the Gmail’s app. In General Settings, tap Swipe actions. You will be then able to decide what the swipe gestures should do. You will be able to choose what left swipe or right swipe should do including Archive, Delete, Mark as read or unread, Move to, Snooze or None.
Previously, swiping any email would archive it. This was useful but not very useful as it could be. This is because swipe gestures have been a fixture of mobile email apps. After you finalize what the swipe action should do, the change will work across the entirety of the Gmail app. The update has been rolling out for the past week so if you haven’t received it yet, don’t worry, you’ll get it.