Gmail's New Mobile Features Are Perfect for Vacations

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You're on your way to out of the office, free as a bird for the next two weeks. Except that you forgot to set your Gmail auto-response and your phone keeps blowing up with messages. The Google webapp adds features that will help keep you sane.

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The much-needed additions are multiple-user sign in, mobile signature, and, of course, auto-respond, and all three are vital for that mad dash to the Bahamas. It's easy. The app will let you log into whatever Google-powered email you have via the Accounts menu, so set up your auto-responder message for work. Do make it clear that you don't have time for work nonsense while you're away. After that, log back into your personal emai, click Settings, and make a signature that expresses just how much liquor you'll be drinking while you're away.

By the time you're done, you'll be on your way with a little peace of mind. [Gmail Blog]

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Wait, what?

"Except that you forgot to set your Gmail auto-response and your phone keeps blowing up with messages. The Google webapp adds features that will help keep you sane."

How does this solve "your phone blowing up with messages"? This just means people get an auto-response (personally, I can't stand them, but whatever.) Instead, how about using tools like muting, and/or disabling syncing (either system-wide, or just for gmail)?

I went cycling for a couple of days and I wanted to conserve battery (and not be distracted by emails except when I wanted to be in touch with the world), so I turned off syncing (which shut off K-9 IMAP as well, which is how I get work email), switched the phone to 2G-only, and shzam! If you use Google Voice, you might want to leave on syncing but disable it just for gmail, which you can do in account settings.

Also: why would you use the webapp, when you've got a smartphone and can use the app?