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Gmail Will Now Convert Phone Numbers, Addresses to Links

Gmail is about to get a lot more intuitive about addresses and phone numbers.

Google on Monday announced that its email service will now convert phone numbers, addresses, and email addresses in messages to interactive hyperlinks. The feature isn't super revolutionary, but it's a nice change that should definitely save you some time.

"Precious time can be lost by having to copy and paste this information from an email into other apps and websites, so we wanted to provide a better way to perform these tasks that also saves time," Google wrote in a blog post.

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The feature is available on Gmail and Inbox by Gmail on iOS, Android, and the web. Clicking an address link will take you to Google Maps; clicking an email address will compose a new message using your default email client, and clicking a phone number (from your mobile device) will start a call request using your default phone app.

Google earlier this year introduced another time-saving feature called Smart Reply for its iOS and Android Gmail apps. The feature uses machine learning technology to determine which emails can be answered with a short reply, then prepares a few possible responses for you to consider.

Google also this year increased the file size limit for Gmail. Users can now receive files of up to 50MB in size. However, you can only send up to 25MB in attachments. If your file is greater than 25MB, Gmail adds a Google Drive link in the email instead of including it as an attachment.

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