Google recently rolled out some updates to the desktop version of Gmail with one of the biggest redesigns in a long time.
With the new update, Gmail brings several security features like confidential mode, which allows users to add two-factor authentication and/or set an expiration date for individual emails.
Phishing alerts are also now highlighted in a much clearer way, with bold red boxes that are harder to overlook. The new Gmail also features a new Tasks integration which makes your "to-do lists" easier to manage alongside emails.
So, the reason you are here is obviously to try and figure out how to enable the new Gmail design. To switch to the new Gmail version, you can follow the steps below:
PERSONAL GMAIL ACCOUNTS
Head to your Gmail account on your favourite web browser, click the gear icon in the top right corner. You will see an option to "Try the new Gmail" up top. If you do not like the newer Gmail version, you can use the same process to switch back to the old version of Gmail.
The new version of the Gmail inbox has three 'views'; default, comfortable and compact. At first, the new inbox does not look much different, but there are a few additions that are meant to improve your experience with the desktop app.
G SUITE ACCOUNTS
The second way to get the new Gmail is to have your system admin enable it in your G Suite account at work or school. Administrators should be able to access this as part of their Early Adopter Program by going to the Admin Console and selecting to allow users to access the latest update to the new Gmail.
Here is how to enable the new Gmail 5
After an admin has turned this on, individual accounts will receive the “Try the new Gmail” option on their accounts under the Settings route.
The improvements are minor, but this wasn't intended to be a dramatic overhaul of the Gmail platform. It's definitely convenient to be able to check your calendar, notes, and tasks all within your Gmail tab — and that means two fewer tabs that you would have needed to open.
The inbox does look noticeably different, but barely. It is nice to be able to see exactly what attachments are in your inbox, however, it does add more clutter and some users might choose to use the 'comfortable' inbox view.
If you finally have the new Gmail and you find that you’d rather switch back, you can head back to the Settings cog to revert to Classic Gmail. Keep refreshing and good luck!