Here’s how to upgrade to Google’s new Gmail right now


If your co-worker or friend already has access to Google’s fancy new Gmail redesign, but you don’t quite yet, there’s still hope.

While the setting isn’t available for everyone, it’s an easy process to get the new Gmail up and running on your account. For the record, Google says that the new Gmail is rolling out “in the coming weeks,” so if you’re able to wait, it should arrive somewhat soon.

It’s also worth noting that all the features in the revamped version of Google’s email platform aren’t available yet, including the new ‘Confidential Mode’ that offers additional privacy controls.

Navigate to settings

First step is to navigate to the ‘Settings’ gear in the top right corner of Gmail. Next, click the ‘Try the new Gmail’ option to get access to Google’s revamped version of its mail platform.

Choose Your View

Next, you’ll be prompted to ‘Choose Your View.’

I selected the default view that maximizes the amount of information shown per message. With this option, you’ll see each email’s attachments, along with names and file formats. If you’re like me and often skim your email, this is a great way to get access a lot of information at a glance.

Other options include ‘Comfortable,’ which shows more emails per page and a paperclip icon next to ones that include attachments. And ‘Compact,’ which fits even more email’s per page and doesn’t include much information. If you receive many emails a day, this might be the option for you.

Wait, this sucks and I need to switch back

If you’re adverse to change, don’t worry. Switching back to the old version of Gmail is as easy as navigating back to the settings cog and selecting the ‘Go back to classic Gmail’ option. At some point though, all Gmail accounts will be flipped over to this new layout.

It’s worth noting that if you’re using a G Suite email provided by your employer, you won’t be able to switch to the new design — at least not yet.

For more on Google’s recent redesign of Gmail, including detailed information about easy-to-access Calendar, Keep and the tech giant’s new Tasks platform, check out our interview with the Waterloo-based team behind the update.

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