Gmail’s biggest redesign in years is now rolling out to everyone (If you still haven’t enabled it, go do it right now). However, Google is still holding on to a couple of features until they’re ready for everyone — the offline mode which lets you browse your inbox without an internet connection and “Smart Compose” which is essentially auto complete but for your emails. As is the case with every other beta feature like the Gmail refresh itself, you can manually enable these. Here’s how to do that.
Note: You’ll need Google Chrome version 61 or above for this to work.
Enable Gmail’s new Offline Mode
- To switch on the offline mode, head over to your Gmail account.
- Click the cog-wheel icon present on the top right corner-ish.
- Then, select the settings option. You’ll find a tab called “offline” at the extreme right.
- There, check the one and only option which says “Enable offline mail”.
- Once you’ve done that, you’ll be able to tweak other various attributes. You can opt to offload emails from the last week, month, or 90 days through the sync settings.
- In addition to that, there’s an option which lets you specify whether you’d like to retain the local data once you’ve logged out of your computer. Hit “Save Changes” to well, save the changes.
Enable Smart Compose on Gmail
- Next up, Smart Compose. For this as well, enter the settings menu first of all.
- Locate “Experimental Access” in the General tab and check its box. That’s it.
You’ll have now autocomplete while you’re typing a new email. Once Gmail shows a suggestion, you can either press Tab to enter it and continue typing what you actually want to. Down the road, if you’d like to disable it, head into the settings again and select the “Writing suggestions off” option for “Smart Compose” under the General tab.
Other than these two, the new Gmail comes with a myriad of new features like Confidential Mode that lets you send self-constructing emails (here’s how that works), a fresh coat of Material Design, sidebars for various other Google apps such as Keep, and more. Read all about it here.