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Gmail update: How to get the old Gmail back again

The Gmail update has brought a modern layout. If you don’t like the new design, this is how to go back to the classic Gmail.

It is all happening so fast. Too fast. Why won’t the world just slow down? Or better yet, why won’t the world stop moving forward and stay the way it is now, just the way I like it. Updates and redesigns are starting to take the spring out of my step. I’m looking at you Gmail.

First, it was the Reddit redesign looking all fancy pants and modern. It just isn’t the same. Then as I was starting to get over that significant change in my life, Gmail followed suit. Well no, I’m taking a stand. I’m going back to the way things were. The way they should be. I’m going to make Gmail great again. If anybody else wants the old Gmail back, follow me, this is how to do it.

We can stick with the classic Gmail design, for now.

For now, at least, Google is keeping the old Gmail design around. This means that if we don’t like the Gmail update, we can go back to the classic Gmail design. Also, when we do go back, Google will ask us why we don’t want to keep using the new one. All we can say here is, try to be polite.

To get the good old Gmail design back open Gmail and click on the cog icon in the top right-hand side of the page. This will open a menu, and right at the top, you’ll see the option Go back to classic Gmail. Hit this and Google will ask your opinion on the updated Gmail design and why you want to go back to the old Gmail layout. Answer if you wish, but if you don’t just skip this and get back to the classic Gmail layout and get on with your life, for now.

Google laid out a timetable for migration from the old Gmail design to the new one. According to Google’s schedule, come October, everybody will have been moved across to the Gmail update. Google has explicitly said that people who have opted into the Gmail updatebwill lose the ability to opt out again. Anybody yet to opt in, at this point, will be forced on to the new Gmail design and won’t have the ability to opt out.

It seems then that the days of classic Gmail goodness are numbered. It is only a matter of time before Google takes away our ability to keep things the way we like them, or is it?

Remember the survey. Remember that Google will ask you why you don’t want to keep using the new Gmail design. If you genuinely don’t like the Gmail update, this could be your last chance to save the classic Gmail design. Tell Google that you much prefer the old Gmail layout over the new one. If enough of us do this then maybe Google won’t pull the plug on the classic Gmail layout we all know and love. With that in mind, remember possibly the most critical trick in this article. Try to be polite.


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