Unveiled earlier this year and available for testing in the spring, the new interface of Gmail, Google’s email service, is starting to establish itself as the new default environment for users.
The new Gmail interface is on its way, and if you haven’t activated it yet, Google will force your hand a little. Available since March, the interface of Google’s messaging service, which has changed relatively little in recent years, is being revised to better integrate the other services of the American giant, in particular Chat, Meet and Spaces. No major revolution, but some fresh air with a modern twist while improving ergonomics. Small changes that also bring the interface and functioning of the messaging model adopted by Microsoft in its Outlook.com service. It should also be noted that this reorganization only concerns the Web version of the service, the one that is used on a computer equipped with an Internet browser. The mobile application of Gmail, which evolves in parallel but independently, is based on another more “compact” interface, designed for “vertical” viewing on smartphone and tablet screens.
What changes in Gmail?
There is nothing special about Gmail’s new look. The organization and display of messages remain unchanged. The novelties are to be found in the integration of other services. So far, Hangouts, instant messaging, is limited to a small space renamed Discussions at the bottom left of the interface. And Google Meet, the video conferencing tool, manifests itself with a simple link. With the new interface, new buttons appear in a column on the left of the window. Chat, for instant messaging, Meet and even Spaces, the tool that allows you to quickly share a link, video or document with a group of contacts, thus finding their place in Gmail for easier direct access. In addition, these buttons are decorated with a notification badge as soon as an event occurs (invitation to a chat or video conference, new email, etc.).
When will the Gmail interface change?
Since February 8, Google has been inviting its users to try the new version of Gmail to get a clearer idea of how it works. And, throughout the summer, Google will be imposing this new design by default on all of these users. It is always possible to revert to the old model. but this respite will be short-lived. Towards the end of the second quarter of 2022, all users will have to adopt – and accept – the new interface, with no possibility of going back.
Who is interested in the new Gmail interface?
Almost everyone will have to adopt the new Gmail interface. Google Workspace Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Essentials, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus, Education Fundamentals, Education Plus users, and those running G Suite Basic or Business. Only Google Workspace Essentials users are excluded, at least for now.
How to activate the new Gmail interface?
The American has begun to impose the new Gmail interface on its users. If you don’t see it yet, you can activate it yourself … as long as you make a small adjustment. Here’s how to access it.
► Open Gmail from your usual web browser and log in to your account. Click on the gear wheel at the top right of the interface. The Quick Setup menu expands. At this point two possibilities may arise. Either the option to access the new Gmail interface appears or it is absent.
If there is an option for the new Gmail interface
► Just click on the link Try the new Gmail view.
► In the dialog box that appears, click on the button Reload.
► The Gmail page reloads. A floating window explains the changes made to the interface. Click on OK and enjoy the new environment.
If the option for the new interface is missing
► Click on the link See all parameters from the menu Quick setup.
► On the displayed page, click on the tab Chat and meet.
► Check the box from the options proposed Google chat.
► Click on OK in the dialog box that opens and then on the button Save the changes.
► The inbox page reloads. Click again the gear wheel to expand the menu of Quick setup. This time, that’s it, there is the link to take advantage of the new Gmail view. All you have to do is click on it.
How to restore the old Gmail interface?
Not convinced of the new interface? You can go back and go back to the display you knew before. However, beware, Google will activate its new design by default during the summer and it will even be mandatory towards the end of the second quarter of 2022.
► Click on the gear wheel to expand the menu of Quick setup. To go back, click on the link Return to the original Gmail view.
► A dialog box is displayed. Describe why you want to go back and validate. The Gmail page reloads. Find the classic interface.