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Gmail’s biggest ever redesign is now live – here’s how to enable it right now

Updated 3 years ago

We knew a significant Gmail redesign was in the works, and that it was only a matter of time until Google made it available to Gmail users. Well, it looks like that time has come and the brand new Gmail features are available to some users.

Google on Wednesday announced that all you have to do to get them is go to the Settings cog and select the Try the new Gmail option — if you can’t see it yet, don’t worry, it’s coming soon. You can also switch back to classic Gmail down the road.

So what’s new?

More buttons to push

Gmail is now making it easier for users to interact with emails and their contents. Hover over an email, and you get a new menu that lets you quickly deal with it. You can archive, delete, mark as read, or snooze an email without opening it.

As you can see in the animation above, attachments also get featured so you can get to them without opening messages.

Smart Reply on the web

Smart Replies are awesome on mobile, and they’re coming to the web.


Gmail will now tell you to follow up and respond to messages that you’ve been putting off.

Google Tasks and panels

Google Tasks is a new mobile app released on Wednesday for both iPhone and Android. That’s important because the right side of Gmail is getting a collapsible panel that will include fast access to other G Suite apps, including Calendar, Keep, and, of course, Tasks.

Speaking of panels, you’ll be able to collapse the left side panel if you want more space for your emails.

Increased confidentiality

Say you’re about to share data with somebody that you wouldn’t want to be forwarded, copied, downloaded, or printed. Gmail makes it so. Furthermore, you can select a message to expire after a set period of time.

Yes, someone could still take screenshots of the contents of your sensitive email, and print or forward those.

Two-factor authentication

You can also add two-factor authentication to these secure emails, and the recipient will have to use a passcode received via text messages to read it.

New security warnings

Speaking of security, the new Gmail will bring you new warnings to highlight the potentially malicious emails coming through.

High-priority notifications

The mobile app is getting high-priority notifications so that you don’t miss important emails, as well as suggestions to unsubscribe from newsletters and offers you don’t really read.

Offline mode

Want offline access to Gmail? That’s also possible.

Chris Smith
Chris Smith Senior Writer

Chris Smith has been covering consumer electronics ever since the iPhone revolutionized the industry in 2008. When he’s not writing about the most recent tech news for BGR, he closely follows the events in Marvel’s Cinematic Universe and other blockbuster franchises. Outside of work, you’ll catch him streaming almost every new movie and TV show release as soon as it's available.