You can now have the new interface of the Gmail app, with a useful toolbar at the bottom. Gmail, Google’s email app, has been completely revamped to introduce many exciting new features that promise to improve the experience with the application. Some of these features were already available to users of Google’s suite of business tools, Google Workspace, but now they are finally available to everyone.
All the new features coming to Gmail
Last year, Google already introduced in its mail app the meetings tab, aimed at facilitating the work when making video calls using Google Meet.
Now, the company wants to go further by giving even more importance to the lower tab bar, since it will now have a total of four shortcuts.
From left to right, we find the Meet mail, chat, rooms, and meetings tabs. Of particular interest is the inclusion of the “chats” tab, which allows direct access to the Google Chats inbox to chat with other members and groups without leaving the app.
How to activate the new Gmail interface?
As of today, the new Gmail interface is available to users of the free, single version of Google’s email application. To activate it, you have to follow a fairly simple process.
In the case of using Gmail on Android, first of all, it will be necessary to make sure you have downloaded the latest version of Gmail available on the Google Play Store. Once installed, just follow these steps:
- Open Gmail and pull down the side menu by tapping on the three parallel lines icon in the upper left corner.
- Scroll down the menu and tap on “Settings”.
- Tap on “General Settings”.
- Select “Chat (Early Access)” and then select “Test”.
The application will then automatically restart and you will see a tutorial explaining how to use the app’s new features.
In the web version for the desktop
The desktop version of Gmail has also received an update with new features.
- Go to the Gmail chat settings.
- Activate the “Google Chat (early access)” option by tapping on “Try it” after checking the option.
- To finish, click on the “OK” button at the top right.
Thus, the Gmail page will reload and you will see how its interface has changed slightly, now including quick access to chats and rooms in the sidebar menu.