The Electric Educator: G Suite Admins: How to enable the NEW Gmail experience

Friday, April 27, 2018

G Suite Admins: How to enable the NEW Gmail experience

G Suite Admins: How to enable the new Gmail experience

Gmail has been resistant to Google's typical product tinkering and fiddling tendencies. Gmail has remained pretty much the same for the past 6+ years. 

That doesn't mean Google hasn't been thinking about the future of Gmail.  Inbox by Google was a smart way of trying out some new, experimental features without putting long-time Gmail users into a panic. Inbox is a fun experiment, but not for everyone.

Based on user feedback on Inbox, Google has begun moving some of the most useful and popular features from Inbox into regular Gmail.

Features of the NEW Gmail experience: 

  • A new clean, modern user interface
  • The ability to "snooze" an email
  • Smart replies based on email content
  • Better integration with Google Calendar and Google Keep
  • An updated Task manager
  • New security options for sensitive messages. 
  • Better offline support
You can view the full run down on all of the new features here

G Suite for Education and Business customers can not access the new Gmail experience until a domain administrator enables it. 

Enabling the new experience will NOT make it the default experience, it simply allows individual users to try it out as they wish. 

How to enable the new Gmail Early Adopter Program for G Suite users:

  1. Log into the Google Admin Console 
  2. Visit Apps > G Suite > Settings for Gmail > Advanced settings
  3. Look for "New Gmail Early Adopter Program" and select "allow." 
  4. Save your changes

Enable the new gmail experience for g Suite users
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Once this setting has been applied users can sign into their mail accounts, click on the "gear" icon and select "try the new gmail."

Users will be able to move back and forth between the new and classic versions of Gmail until Google retires the classic version (most likely 6-8 months from now).

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