Google has unveiled a new feature that uses artificial intelligence to alert a user to important emails in its Gmail app.

The technology is already in use in the iOS app and can be switched on in the Settings menu.

The AI will sort through emails and determine which ones are the most important.

There is also an option to turn off notifications for emails the technology deems unimportant, 9to5mac points out.

The iOS version of the Gmail app now uses AI to figure out most important emails. There is also an option to turn off notifications for emails the technology deems unimportant

'Notifications are only useful if you have time to read them—and if you’re being notified hundreds of times a day, chances are, you don’t,' Google said.

'That’s why we’re introducing a feature that alerts you only when important emails land in your Gmail inbox, so you know when your attention is really required.

These notifications leverage Gmail’s machine learning and artificial intelligence capabilities to identify messages you may want to read first.'

If the update has not already appeared, the company said users should get it in the next one to two days.

Last month, Google launched a new component called 'Smart Compose' which uses artificial intelligence to draft emails from scratch.

The feature builds on last year's Smart Reply, which appeared on the Gmail mobile app last year.

As you type a reply to an email, Gmail will now offer suggestions as you type.

If you like the suggestion, hit the tab button to add the auto-filled text to your message.

The feature operates in the background, so it is possible to write an email as you normally would.

Google is also trying to up its security and protection for users against fraudulent emails and spam with alert of potentially risky emails


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