New Gmail vs Old Gmail – And how you can upgrade

Google unveiled its new design for Gmail yesterday, which features a modern and clean look.

The new look was said to be available to all Gmail users, but several South African users reported not being able to access the upgrade.

This has passed, however, and the “New Gmail” is now available to local users.


Get new Gmail

Users can upgrade to the new Gmail by clicking the Settings cog icon on the top-right of their Gmail page, and selecting “Try the new Gmail”.

Old Gmail Upgrade


New features

Google said the new Gmail not only features a new look, but multiple upgrades.

This includes advanced security features, new applications of Google’s artificial intelligence, and more integrations with other G Suite apps.

The company said its recently-introduced protections in Gmail have helped block 99.9% of business email compromise threats, and the new Gmail has added to this with a “confidential mode”.

This lets users protect sensitive content in emails by creating expiration dates, revoking sent messages, and adding additional authentication via text message to view an email.

Google said it has also redesigned its security warnings in Gmail, so information is easier to see and understand.

“These bigger, bolder warnings will help you be even more informed when it comes to potentially risky email,” it said.


New Gmail warning

Gmail Spam


Google has also promised performance improvements for regular Gmail users.

The redesigned Gmail application helps users take action quicker, it said.

“Now you can see and click attachments in your inbox before ever opening a thread. You can also hover over messages to do things like RSVP to a meeting invite, archive an email thread, or snooze an email until the time is right,” said Google.

Too see how the old Gmail compares to the new version, we have posted screenshots of both below. Click the images to enlarge them.


Old Gmail home screen

Old Gmail Home Screen


New Gmail home screen

New Gmail Home Screen


Old Gmail search

Old Gmail search


New Gmail search

New Gmail Search


Old Gmail in-mail

Old Gmail in Mail


New Gmail in-mail

New Gmail in Mail


Old Gmail compose mail

Old Gmail Compose


New Gmail compose mail

New Gmail Compose


New Gmail Add-ons

The new Gmail features a task bar on the top-right by default, which hosts Keep for notes, Tasks – which lets you create tasks – and Calendar.

There is also an option to get more add-ons, with a link to the G Suite Marketplace.

New Gmail Add-ons


G Suite Marketplace

New Gmail G Suite Marketplace


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