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Do you depend on Google Calendar and Gmail? Do you get a lot of notices of events sent to your Gmail address -- such as information about flights, reservations, and ticketed events like movies and concerts?
How to enable Smart Features and Show Events from Gmail
The only things needed for this to work are a Google account and the Gmail app installed on your mobile device. This feature works on both Android and iOS but I'll be demonstrating it on a Pixel 6 Pro that's running Android 13.
The first thing to do is log in to your Google account in your default desktop web browser and go to Gmail.
2. Enable Smart Features
Click on the Gear icon near the top right of the window. When prompted, click See All Settings. In the resulting window, scroll down to about halfway until you see the entry for Smart Features and Personalization. Click the check box for that feature to enable it.
Close the Gmail Settings window and you're done with the web version of Gmail.
How to enable Show Events from Gmail
3. Open the mobile version of Gmail
On your mobile device, open the Gmail app and tap the menu button (three horizontal lines) in the top left corner of the window.
4. Open the Gmail Settings window
When the sidebar opens, scroll to the bottom and tap Settings. On the resulting page, tap Events from Gmail.
5. Enable Events from Gmail
Tap the ON/OFF slider for "Show events from Gmail" until it's in the ON position. A pop-up will appear warning you that you'll see events automatically created from your email. Tap OK to enable the feature.
With these features enabled, any email you receive in your Gmail account that includes event details should cause that event to be automatically added to your Google Calendar.
If you find this has too much impact on your calendar, you can always go back and disable it. But if you like the convenience this automation brings, the feature can come in very handy. I've missed several events that were sent via Gmail in the past. With this feature enabled, that no longer happens. And any time an event is automatically added from Gmail that I don't want on my calendar, I can manually delete it. That trade-off is well worth the small inconvenience that comes with the convenience of automation.
Give this feature a try and see if it doesn't make your mobile life a bit more efficient and reliable.