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Issue 8712: google mail app to sent text-only, non-html instead of html emails
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Status:  WrongForum
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Closed:  Jun 2013

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Reported by, May 28, 2010
The "Google Mail" app sends new emails and replies formatted in HTML by 
default. Unfortunately there is no option in settings to switch to text-only 

Please add the option to send text-only, non-html emails.
Thanks in advance!

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Jun 24, 2010
Mail clients typically compose HTML messages in a multi-part format with a compabible plain-text section in addition to encoded HTML section, as defined in MIME.

Why would you need text-only mail in the 21st century anyway?

Jun 24, 2010

* my recipient might receive his/her emails on-the-road, by expensive data plans
* my message is text-only - no need for HTML or RTF
* it is redundant
* HTML is displayed by default, and the current format doesn't look nice
* HTML emails get HTML responses, and I don't want to bother with tiny or big fonts in that provoked replies
* and neither want I to write them and ask for proper formatting
* if I write to (news)groups, they don't want receive HTML
* if I write to customers, my emails are rejected due to security policies enforced at their email servers
* not all devices display HTML emails correctly - no problems if there is none

And finally:
* I prefer plain-text emails!

The 21st century is no excuse and neither cause for abandoning proven standards.
Jul 1, 2010
I totally agree with all the reasons given by mark.kubacki.

Also, it shouldn't be up to DimitryKo76 (nor anyone else) to decide what is best for other people. Some of us want an option to send plain-text email. Those who don't want to do this can ignore that proposed option.

In other words, the existence of such an option won't have any effect whatsoever on DimotryKo76, nor anyone else who wants to continue sending email in the current manner. But it will help many, many other people who don't want to send HTML email.

Also, most other mailers still offer a plain-text _option_, even ten years into the 21st century.

It's hard for me to understand why some people are opposed to giving others an option to do things differently from their (the first group of people's) personal preference. The first group can still do whatever they want, so what difference does it make to them what the others want to do?

Yes, I know that adding a plain-text option to the Android Gmail app requires work on the part of Google. But I also know that Google is asking for suggestions to improve their software, and I'm adding my vote for this suggestion. I hope that some day soon, Google will see fit to make this software enhancement.

Nov 2, 2010
I also agree: give us a choice!

All email from my kid's school comes in html and the current android email reader cannot interpret it correctly. For example, a recent email was 43 words with minimal formatting. The HTML was 5,234 "words" and 115K in size!!! That's nuts on a mobile device. 

GIVE THE PEOPLE A CHOICE! Isn't that what not being evil is all about. (Sorry, couldn't help myself)
Mar 5, 2011
I can't post to the linux-media mailing list from my Android phone just because of this. My emails get bounced back due to their no-HTML-mail policy... :-(
Jul 11, 2011
I'd love to see an Internet based computer software corporation honor Internet communication best practices. This and ponies and rainbows. TIA
Dec 20, 2011
Well gee, it's December 2011, so almost six months since the last comment.  Does google even look here, or is there a better place to post?

Some versions of bugzilla reject HTML email responses.  Any word on this bug (and it *is* a bug, not a suggestion)?
Jan 2, 2012
Gee! anyone listening/reading this? 
Jul 20, 2012
Today Linus Torvalds was asking on G+ for this option. This subject is dead already? Any news?
Aug 4, 2012
I hate HTML email.
Aug 7, 2012
Need this feature to post to git mailing list.
Aug 8, 2012
What with this, and the (completely ignored) bugs I reported years ago with producing sane text-only messages with correct headers on the standard IMAP Mail client, it appears that emitting socially-acceptable email is unsupported on Android without third party apps. What a mess.
Nov 28, 2012
On July 20, Linus Torvalds was asking on G+ for this option. This subject is dead already? Any news?
Dec 19, 2012
I join my voice to the request for this feature. It might be a remnant from old times but I prefer to send emails in text format due to the amount of data being transmitted. Sneaky thought but the more data a wireless provider sends the more money they can charge. Not everyone has an unlimited data plan so they do not have the motivation to addre$$ this feature since the more data is used the higher the bills. So I won't hold my breath waiting for this to receive any, not even low, priority.
Dec 28, 2012
Is there any particular reason the client can't just work out whether plain text or html is needed and do the right thing? If there's formatting needed that requires HTML e-mail, then fine, otherwise it should send plain text. No user-visible option is actually required, just stop sending html e-mail when no formatting is present.
Mar 15, 2013
This bug is a blatant demonstration of proprietary software flawed nature. It may be excellent 99 percent of the time. But when it fails, there is absolutely nothing you can do about the failure. Your request is low priority is what we see here.
Jun 1, 2013
This report applies to a mobile Google application or service, and the issue tracker where you reported it specializes in issues within the Open Source source code of the Android platform.

We are not able to provide support for Google products in this issue tracker. Please report this issue in the appropriate Google Product Forum at!forum/en/

Status: WrongForum
Mar 21, 2014
Fix this issue as it is required for git mailing list.
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