Gmail Redesigned: How to Activate the New Gmail Update
Google just jacked Gmail on steroids. That means a major design overhaul, following Google’s infamous Material design language. It’s all pretty disorienting—that’s neither bad or good, it just is disorienting—and that’s mostly because Gmail hasn’t seen an overhaul of this scale for a very long time.
Google is giving you the option to toggle it on, try it for size, and if you don’t like it, reverting back to the classic Gmail design is just as easy as coming out of it.
We’ll teach you how you can activate the newly redesigned Gmail, but before that, some housekeeping: Chief among the many changes to the Gmail interface is the Material approach to the UI, making type and buttons pop more. It doesn’t quite suit a lot of the themes available in Gmail’s theme repository; the default theme, however, looks gorgeous. The type is a harmony between Roboto and Google’s very own font (also known as Product Sans).
Gmail has also added integrations to its apps, including Google Calendar and Google Keep. There’s also Google Tasks, which is now being developed as an app of its own. All of these are accessible to the far-right corner of the screen, where users can also add Gmail-supported apps like Streak CRM and Trello for Gmail.
Gmail also gives users the ability to now Snooze emails. Originally a feature available only on Google’s pet-project, Inbox by Google, Gmail users can now access the feature by hovering on the email and hitting the Snooze icon.
But enough talk about what’s new. Let’s get into how you can start using the new Gmail.
There are exactly two steps. First, hit the “Settings” gear icon, and from the menu, tap “Try the new Gmail”.
Google will then prompt you which view you’d prefer. If you’re a fan of Inbox by Google, the Default view—which comes with attachment previews—is the way to go. Users will also have the option of going for two other viewing options: Comfortable and Compact.
That’s it. You can now enjoy using the new Gmail.
And should you wish to go back, simply repeat the first step and tap “Go back to Classic Gmail”.