Gmail detects when you forget to attach a file for sending

Gmail is getting smarter. It can now detect when you want to send a file but you forget to attach it. I, personally, think this is scary.


I was writing an email on Gmail a few minutes ago and I intended to send a file to the recipient. When I clicked Send, Gmail displayed the message below, asking me if I meant to attach files to my email message. It was able to detect that I wanted to send an attachment because it detected the phrase is attached in my email message. See the screen shot below.

Gmail now detects attachments in your messages. Does it also read your attachments content?

Update: I removed is in the phrase is attached, and Gmail didn’t ask me anymore. So I guess, the confirmation is only triggered when it detected the phrase is attached in the email message. It’s also triggered when it detects the phrase see attached.

I was very surprised because I had forgotten to attach files I meant to send via Gmail a hundred times before but it has never asked me this before. I think it’s an excellent new feature that they’re implementing. It’s surely a great enhancement to Gmail user experience.

On the other hand, it’s a reminder that Google can and does read your email messages. And that I think is the scary thing about this. What do you think?

  1. Pat Murray 10 years ago

    Haha it just saved me too. I think it is great! I don't think they really read your messages, just set up queries to recognize certain things.. thanks gmail

  2. Erik 10 years ago

    I think it's great. It has saved me a few times already!

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