Before starting off with the features and the changelog, here’s how you can access the new Gmail interface on your desktop:
How to enable the new Gmail interface on the desktop
The new interface has not been enabled by default as Google does not want to take that liberty away. You would have to manually switch your preference in order to access it.
Open Gmail on your desktop.
In the top right corner, locate the settings icon and click on it.
Check the “Try the new Gmail” option.
Post that, the page will reload and you would receive a welcome message.
Click next and choose a view that you find fit. There are three views to choose from – Default, Comfortable, and Compact.
Click OK and voila! You have the new Gmail interface on your desktop.
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Coming to the features of the new interface, the following are the major changes the new interface has brought:
A Confidential mode.
Added security features.
Native offline support
High Priority notifications
The first and the major highlight of the update is the addition of a confidential mode which allows you to have a deep control over your sensitive emails. The confidential mode lets you remove options to forward, copy, download or print messages. You can also set the messages to expire after a certain period of time.
Whenever you send an email to someone using the confidential mode, Gmail creates a link to the content of the email and the recipient has to click on the link in order to access it. This would work if the receiver is also making use of Gmail. For other email providers, the link would open up a Google-hosted website wherein the content will be displayed.
The next feature in the new Gmail interface is email snoozing. After the update, you will now have an ability to snooze the emails for a specific interval of time. The option sits right next to the other options like archive and delete.
Integration with other GAPPS – Calendar, Notes, Google Keep
Gmail is now going to provide with a native integration with the rest of the GAPPS. At the right corner of your desktop screen, you would find your most commonly used apps like Google Calendar, Google Keep, and Tasks. This would ensure a seamless user experience. You can directly copy content from an email and paste it into your notes. Sounds easy right?
Smart replies is not a new concept and it was introduced with the Gmail mobile app last year. Google has finally rolled out this feature to the desktop version of Gmail as well.
The smart replies feature works just as well on the new desktop version as it does on the app version. You can send a smart predicted reply to a message, thereby saving some time and keystrokes.
Now, this is a feature for the Gmail mobile app. If you enable this feature, Google will only deliver push notifications for messages that are deemed important or urgent, thereby saving the top space from getting crammed up.
On top of all the features mentioned above, the new Gmail interface has also integrated new security options wherein the app would push phishing warnings within emails, displaying colored banners at the top of the email in red, yellow, or grey based on the perceived risk factor. Additionally, a native offline featurehas also been rolled out which would let you work in Gmail even when you are offline and would sync your work the moment you have a network connectivity.
Another major change is with the way you handle the attachments in the emails. After the new update, you will be able to click on the attachment thumbnail and access it without having to load the entire message itself.
The new Gmail interface has brought about some substantial improvements. What are your thoughts on it? Do let us know in the comments section down below. Also, do not forget to subscribe to Android Updated. To do so, just tap the bell icon at the bottom of your device screen.