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Enable or Disable Suggested Replies & Suggested Actions in Android 10

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Android 10 introduced the Smart Replies feature to the millions of Android users. Smart Replies allows quick responses and actions directly from the notification without opening the app.  Android 10 lets you use suggested replies to respond to an incoming message from the notification area. The replies are limited to one or two words, except a few words in some cases. Similarly, suggested actions gives you 1-click access to perform actions, such as opening web links or app links (YouTube, maps; etc).

The Smart Reply features are an excellent addition and helpful in many circumstances. However, it can be considered as a peek into privacy since the system reads the incoming message. It then processes it and makes a guess for a possible reply. Google did not announce the usage of data in the Android 10 introductory post. But it is safe to count on the same promise as Google made for the Android Messages app earlier. Google assured that the data is entirely processed on-device and not uploaded to the Google cloud. Hence, depending on your trust level, you might or might not like the new feature. Thankfully, it is easy to disable the smart replies, while it is unknown if Google’s machine learning still collects and processes the data from the notifications.

Manage Smart Replies (Suggested Replies and Actions)

Android 10 adds a toggle into the system setting to turn Smart Replies on or off. The following steps are from a stock Android device. Different OEMs with a modified version of Android may move the setting to a different location. So, watch out if you do not see them in the same place.

  1. Open the Settings app.
  2. Navigate to Apps & notifications > Notifications.
    Open Notiifcations settings
  3. Scroll down and tap on Advanced.
  4. Finally, manage the toggle in front of Suggested actions and replies.
    Turn off smart replies
    To disable Smart Replies, disable the toggle. And you can enable it if you decide to start using the feature again.

Do you like Suggested Replies?

I did not find the suggested replies to be of much use to me, since I do not like those one-worded replies in most circumstances. They can be surely useful in some cases and work environments. What is your opinion about the Suggested Replies? Do you find them to be a feature useful to you? Do share your opinion in the comments!

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  • Intrusive i.a functions are really bad. In this case and in my french experience, the result is ugly messages with no humanity, no relation with reality and do bad comprehension of the conversation.

    • Agreed indeed. I do not see much use of these replies other than some corporate environments. And if this is what I get after allowing Google to read all of my notifications, then I must be a fool to be still using them :))

  • I personally do not like the new tool since it seems like the first step towards discouraging users to think independently for themselves by capitalizing on their assumed laziness to reply manually. By suggesting replies in what is an essentially a conversation between two or more human beings, Google sort of stealthily introduces a machine that adds content to a conversation between human beings, who are in many cases probably even unaware of that. I can imagine that this method of suggestions to discourage user from thinking independently will be eventually extended as part of Google’s tools, so that’s why I think it’s important to be aware of the consequences of using early, still simple versions of it.

  • Thanks for showing where to turn these off. I, personally, hate them because they are too easily accidentally sent. I’ve sent a suggested reply more than once when intending to mark a message read. Really bad with work messages.