Google has introduced one of the biggest redesigns to its email client, Gmail. The update brings several changes to the table, most of which are centered around security. The features and other changes are detailed as well as how to change up the design of Gmail to your liking.
Currently, there are two ways to enable the redesign of Gmail but first, let us talk about the features and changes added to the email application.
Gmail redesign: Features, changes
Integrated rights management: Also called IRM, it is a feature that allows the user to block the forwarding, copying, downloading or printing of certain messages. It’s not going to prevent deliberate data extraction from such emails, but Google believes that there are chances when you might mistakenly share information with the wrong person or recipient, and this feature is present to help tone down that problem.
Two-factor authentication: Also called 2FA, with this change, you can request that the recipient authenticates with a passcode received through a text message before they’re able to open an email that might have sensitive or confidential contents.
The new Gmail will not be getting the above-mentioned changes straight away, but Google says that users will be able to start using the secure mode in the coming weeks.
Email snoozing: This feature has a brand new hover menu that brings up the most common interactions you might want with an email client such as archive, delete, mark as read, or snooze for later as you place your cursor above each message in your inbox. For some, it might make the web interface of Gmail appear more like an app and that’s even sweeter.
You will also gain the ability to preview email attachments directly from the inbox without opening up the conversation. This will ultimately help to save time in the long run or when you have to check out multiple emails from different people.
Native offline mode: Users will want the convenience of wanting to take their standard Gmail tab offline and work in the same UI and that is exactly what Google is providing to them.
High-priority notifications: This change is coming to mobile apps. Google will be using its AI systems to determine which emails you should be notified about first and which ones you can look at later.
One-tap unsubscribe prompt: This is for mobile apps once more and it is basically for newsletters that you might have signed up for but have not checked out what they’ve posted for weeks.
Gmail redesign: UI changes
New collapsible right-hand side panel: This change will better integrate Google’s G Suite apps with others such as Google Calendar, Google Keep, and a new Google Tasks. The side panel will let you organize meetings, plan your day, or take down few notes for a later viewing.
Nudging: Messages sent to your inbox are going to be determined as to which one requires your attention the most. Users might also question the privacy element of this change, but Google says that we do not need to worry about this at all.
New collapsible left-hand side panel: This change opens up more horizontal space for the user. Another change called display density will allow you to vertically adjust the total area of your inbox that you can visually see. Currently, there are three options for you; default, comfortable and compact.
Gmail redesign: Two ways how to enable it
Head to your Gmail account on the web and click the gear icon that is present on the top right-hand corner. If the update is available on your account, you will see an option written ‘Try the new Gmail’ up top.
Do keep in check that Google has not made this new Gmail default for everyone as yet, so if you’re not seeing it right now, you will have to keep on checking for the update. Gmail is used by around 1.4 billion users worldwide so the redesign rollout is going to be seen by everyone eventually.
The second way to get the new Gmail is to have your system admin enable it on your G Suite account at work or school. Administrators will be able to access this as part of their ‘Early Adopter Program’ by going to the Admin Console and selecting users to access the new Gmail.
After the administrator has turned this on, individual accounts will receive the ‘Try the new Gmail’ option on their accounts under the ‘Settings’ option. If you have successfully enabled the new Gmail enabled but you want to revert back to the old style, all you need to do is head back to the same Settings cog to revert to Classic Gmail. From here, you can continue refreshing until the changes visually take place.
Did you enjoy the new changes applied to Gmail?