Did you get Gmail from me? But I never sent it...


Stop, don’t click on that ‘send’ Gmail button yet – check who’s in the recipient’s field. See?

Google says it is investigating issues with the auto-complete fields in Gmail and promises to rectify the problems soon.

The problems that Google refers to are that once you start typing in email addresses in the ‘to’ field of your drafted email, its smart autocomplete software should put in relevant (read: most often mailed to) addresses in the field.

Unfortunately, it hasn’t been doing so since a few days now, and the autocomplete is inserting the contacts rather randomly instead of picking the ones you regularly correspond with.

“We're aware of an issue with Gmail and auto-complete and are currently investigating. Apologies for any inconvenience,” Gmail tweeted a while ago.

So what’s exactly the problem, you ask? It is that Gmail’s autocomplete (on which some of us have come around to blindly depend while sending Gmails) is broken. So, instead of suggesting Rahul the colleague when you type ‘R’ in the ‘to’ field, you might get Rameez the rival or, worse, Rima the former flame.

The good news? Google says it has identified the issue and is working on a fix. “Thanks again for your patience everyone re: Gmail and auto-complete. We've identified the issue and are working on a fix. Stay tuned,” it tweeted a few hours after the first tweet.

The bad news? Go check your sent mail folder.

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