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link previews and Smart Compose

What’s changing 

We’re improving the Android and iOS experiences for Google Docs users with two new features. These were previously available on the web, and are now available on mobile as well: 

  • Link previews, which help you get context from linked content without bouncing between apps and screens. 
  • Smart Compose, which helps you write faster and with more confidence. 

Who’s impacted 

End users 

Why it’s important 

Together, these features will help make it easier and quicker not only to read and review content on mobile devices, but also to create and collaborate on content, wherever you are. 

Additional details 

Link previews 

Linked content can enrich documents with useful information, but if clicking a link means opening another window, that can be distracting and disrupt your reading flow.

Earlier this year, we launched link previews on the web. Now, we’re adding link previews to mobile as well. When you click on a link in Docs, dynamic information about the content will appear. This may include the title, description, and thumbnail images from public web pages, or the owner and latest activity for linked Drive files. This can help you decide whether to open linked content while staying in-context. 

Preview links in Google Docs on the web 

Preview links in Google Docs on mobile devices 

Smart Compose 

Getting started 

Admins: These features will be ON by default. There are no admin controls for them. 

End users: 

  • Link previews: This feature will be on by default. There is no setting to control the feature. 
  • Smart Compose: This feature may be on or off depending on whether you have turned it on or off on the web. When enabled, you’ll automatically see suggestions; swipe right to accept a suggestion. Visit the Help Center to learn more about using Smart Compose in Google Docs. 

Rollout pace 

Link previews in Docs, iOS and Web 

Link previews in Docs, Android 

Smart Compose in Docs, iOS 

Smart Compose in Docs, Android 


  • Link previews in Docs: Available to all G Suite customers and users with personal accounts. 
  • Smart Compose in Docs: Available to all G Suite customers. Not available to users with personal accounts. 



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