Gmail now converts addresses and phone numbers to links

Delia Watkins
September 20, 2017

Finally, when using a mobile device, clicking a phone number will start a call request using the default phone app.

Google Gmail is unarguably the best mail app and is now used by more than a billion users across the world.

Gmail will now convert phone numbers, contact information, and addresses into clickable links.

The feature is available on Gmail and Inbox by Gmail on iOS, Android, and the web. The change is created to eliminate the need to copy and paste contact information into other apps before getting directions, responding to emails, or making phone calls, Google said. So from now onwards if somebody emails you with an address, you no longer need to copy-paste it on Maps after a view on Inbox or Gmail.

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Gmail is catching up and improves the feel of its iOS and Android apps: it is now possible to click on phone numbers and addresses. When you tap the address, you are brought to a view of the address within Google Maps! Similarly the phone numbers will become clickable and tapping on them will open the number in the handset's dial pad.

The changes will make linked content appear as a normal hyperlink, no matter what field of the message it's in. Once the feature has been activated by Google, clicking an address in an email will open up Google Maps.

Contact numbers and Addresses will seem to be acting as hyperlinks on whichever processor it's being used either iOS or Android on mobile and in case of the web in the computer as well. Then there are days like this past Monday, when Google introduces a feature so essential that we can't even begin to fathom how it wasn't already there to begin with.

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