How to adjust your settings for pinch-to-zoom and swiping in Gmail 4.2 for Android

Gmail for Android gets updated regularly and normally it’s just a matter of downloading and installing the update, but with the latest update (4.2), you will need to make some adjustments to your settings in order to enjoy the new features. This new update includes pinch-to-zoom for all HTML emails as well as a new swiping gesture when looking at emails in your inbox or other labels. They are both quite easy and won’t take more than a minute or two, so hit the break to see how it’s done.


  1. From you inbox, tap the menu key (the 3 dots on the screen or the hard menu key on your device)
  2. Tap Settings
  3. Tap General settings

As you can see in the image below, you want to check “Auto-fit messages”. This will automatically zoom out all HTML emails and give you the ability to pinch-to-zoom.


Swiping Conversations

From the same General settings menu from above, you want to tap on Swiping Conversation List. You have three options for every time you swipe. 1) Do nothing, 2) archive or delete depending on which label you are viewing, or 3) Always delete. I prefer always delete, but make the choice that works best for you.

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Robert lives in upstate New York where he was born and raised. Technology was always his passion. His first computer was a Radio Shack TRS80 Color that used a cassette tape to save programs, and his first laptop was a Toshiba T1200FB that sported a CGA greyscale screen and two 720kb floppy drives (no hardrive). From the early 90’s through late 2011, he only owned Motorola phones starting with the MircroTAC all the way through to the Droid X. He broke that streak when he bought the Galaxy Nexus. Now he's sporting a Galaxy Note 4, and absolutely loves it. He has a wonderful wife and a 6 year old son. In his free time he enjoys sports, movies, TV, working out, and trying to keep up with the rapid fast world of technology.