Since a few months ago, we’ve been keeping an eye on Google’s update to Gmail’s new look, which the company says will soon be available to all Gmail users. The new design uses ideas from Google’s Material Design 3 to make Meet, Chat, and Spaces work together as one.
This is not the end of the story. Later this year, Gmail for tablet users, better support for emoji, and more accessibility features are all expected to be added.
Depending on whether you use Gmail for work or not, you may already have this feature. If you don’t like Gmail’s new look, you can temporarily switch back to the old one. If you don’t have Chat turned on, the new look will only show you Gmail by default. You can turn off the other apps from the Quick Settings menu if you don’t use them.
If you want to go back, Google’s instructions are easy to follow:
- Click Settings in the upper-right corner of the screen.
- Go to the Quick Settings section and click Restore the Gmail interface to its default state for quick access.
- To start the process over, click Reload in the new window that just opened.
You can see all of your chats in a single list at the top of your left rail instead of having to scroll through many conversations in each one. When you move your mouse over an icon, you’ll see a list of conversations happening in that area. This makes it easy to jump right into a chat without having to scroll down the page.
As part of a larger overhaul, Google’s Workspace suite now has a more uniform look and also AI-powered features like Gmail search (which includes Docs, Sheets, and more).