We use cookies to provide you with a better experience. If you continue to use this site, we'll assume you're happy with this. Alternatively, click here to find out how to manage these cookies

hide cookie message
80,259 News Articles

Gmail feature spots incorrect email addresses

New Google Labs tool called 'Got the wrong Bob?'

Google's Gmail webmail service can now detect if users have included a potentially incorrect recipient in an email message they're sending to a group of people.

The new feature, called 'Got the wrong Bob?', takes note of the people that a Gmail user usually includes in a group, and pops-up an alert if an unfamiliar recipient is included.

'Got the wrong Bob?' is now available with the Google Labs label, meaning it is considered to be an early stage prototype that could change significantly, become temporarily unavailable or even disappear without notice.

Gmail users interested in trying out the new feature can activate it by going to the Settings section of their account and clicking on the Labs tab, where they will see this new feature listed.

The feature complements another existing Labs feature for Gmail called 'Suggest more recipients', which detects when a recipient usually included in a group email has been left out and asks the email sender if they forgot this person. That feature has now been renamed 'Don't forget Bob'.

The features are two of several that Google has designed to reduce the instances of embarrassing email communications gaffes by Gmail users.

IDG UK Sites

Acer Aspire R11 review: Hands-on with the 360 laptop and tablet convertible

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch release day: Twitter reacts

IDG UK Sites

See how Framestore created a shape-shifting, oil and metal based creature for Shell

IDG UK Sites

Apple Watch buying guide, price list & where to buy today: Which Apple Watch model, size, material,?......