Quite a few items of interest this week primarily centred around the end user experience. A few announcements from Google regarding Google Meet that will be very popular I’m sure, along with articles around improving productivity.
Only the one article for Administrators on Google introducing a 30 day deletion policy for Google Drive – and even that is ‘for information’ only since there’s no action required.
iOS14 launched last week and Google’s taking advantage of the new features with Easier access to Search, Chrome and Gmail in iOS 14. Welcome to the widget club iOS users! But unfortunately there’s apparently no Google Calendar yet – hopefully that will change soon.
There’s a new look and feel to the Google Meet mobile app as well. Update your app now lucky iOS users to get access to the new features. Us poor Android users will need to wait a bit longer sadly.
The ability to blur your background in Google Meet is finally here! This has been a very popular request and it’s great to see it is now available. The ability to use it is turned OFF by default though for every meeting, so check out the help article on how to access it. And that’s a strong tip – you have to turn this feature on for every meeting.
And another feature that’s been keenly awaited – the ability to see quite a large number of people – is also here. 49 people in fact, including yourself which is quite a lot of people! I’ve not been able to test it myself (I just couldn’t wrangle that many people in to the same Google Meet at the same time) but if you want to know more, full details here: See up to 49 people, including yourself, in Google Meet. This feature is OFF by default so check out the help article for more information on how to turn it on.
Speaking of Google Meet – do you use Firefox and experience issues with Screen Share not working? This article Top 4 Fixes for Google Meet Screen Share Not Working on Firefox does exactly what it says in the headline – helps people who might be struggling to share their Google Meet screen whilst using Firefox.
Do you use the snooze function in Gmail? (Personally I don’t as I have my own productivity system) but if you do, and you’re wondering how to change the snooze times, then this article on how to change Default Gmail Snooze Times via Google Keep of all places is for you.
Want to schedule when you send tweets but not keen on using the paid services like Hootsuite or Buffer? There’s a way to do it via If This Then That (IFTTT) and Google Calendar, which is described in this article: How to schedule tweets with Google Calendar. Be aware though that IFTTT has recently introduced pricing and you can only get three applets (integrations) for free now.
Wanting to improve your productivity? This Twitter thread is a great overview of how to use Google Calendar; Google Keep; and Google Tasks (all part of G Suite) to keep yourself organised both in personal and work (school) life. If you want a more detailed productivity system may I suggest my book How to Master your To-Do list? Available at Google Play and Amazon for less than the cost of a soy chai latte!
Google Drive trash items will be automatically deleted after 30 days starting on 13 October 2020. With this new policy, any file that is put into a Google Drive rubbish bin will be automatically deleted after 30 days. Previously, trashed items would be retained indefinitely until the rubbish bin was manually emptied by the user.
Save time by using templates in Gmail. If you spend any amount of time writing the same types of emails to people over and over, then you’ll love Templates!
Finally, here’s an article on How to take control of Gmail’s tabs – you know the ones titled Social, Forum etc? I pretty much ignore them but this article has me re-thinking how I might make those tabs, and Google’s AI smarts work for me. I’ll be playing a bit with them this week myself and will let you know how I go.
Google Drive trash items will be automatically deleted after 30 days starting on 13 October 2020. I’ve put this item here as well as in the End Users section as admins can still restore items deleted from a user’s trash for up to 25 days for active users. There’s no action on admins otherwise though – the function will simply be installed post 13 October for all G Suite instances.