Add a custom vacation responder in Gmail for Android

Gmail on Android now allows you to create a fully customized auto response directly from the app, for those times when you're out of the office.

Jason Cipriani Contributing Writer, ZDNet
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Google on Wednesday announced Gmail version 4.7 for Android users. The new version, which is currently rolling out, adds the ability to edit your out of office response, send any file type (including ZIP files!), and the ability to print e-mails on devices running Android 4.4 KitKat. The process is now superconvenient and extremely easy to complete.

  • In order to set up your out of office message, make sure you've downloaded the latest version of Gmail on your Android device. As Google has been doing recently, it's a staged roll out, so it might take some time for it to show up in the Play store for you.
  • Once you've installed the update, launch the app and head into the Settings section. From there, select the account you want to set up an auto response for.

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  • Scroll to the bottom of the settings page for the respective account, where you'll find the "Vacation responder" option; tap on it.

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  • Before you enable the responder, fill in the subject of your response, followed by the body below. Google has already populated the fields to give you a general idea of what you can put there. Set the start date, as well as the end date (optional), then select who the responder is to be sent to. If you want it to be sent to everyone, leave both check boxes blank. If you want it sent to those on your Apps domain or just those listed in your contacts, check the appropriate box.

The only reminder you'll have within the app when your vacation responder is enabled is when you're viewing your account settings.