Google recently announced they are making some big changes to Gmail. I’m not sure if this big update is available to everyone yet, (as they are rolling it out) but it was to me. I had the option to move back to the classic version if I didn’t like it, so I went ahead and took the plunge and updated to the new version.
I like it!
I use Gmail, and not GSuites, so I don’t know if there are any additional functions or options for those who do. But Gmail now has a cleaner look, and a few really cool functions and additions like confidential mode, a snooze and nudge feature, Smart Reply for the web version, new security warnings, and high-priority notifications and unsubscribe. You can read more about the changes here, and here.
As I was noodling around in the new interface, I noticed there is a narrow side bar with 3 icons on the far right side of my inbox. There is an icon for the calendar, one for tasks, and another icon with a little light bulb on it. Hmmm … what could that be?
Well. This very small addition just happened to turn out to be my absolute favorite change to Gmail. It is the answer to one of my biggest problems (yes, I know, 1st world problems), when it comes to getting things from my phone to my desktop and vice versa. It’s called Google Keep. Google Keep is a little notepad of sorts that will sync between the Google Keep phone app, my Gmail desktop, and the Google Keep web app if I ever need it. If I’m out and about, I can send information directly to my desktop. I can type a new note, make a checklist and add or remove items, and … and … and … upload photos. Yesserie Bob! I can now take a photo on my phone, and pull it into Google Keep. It then magically appears in the Google Keep app in Gmail. No more frustration of trying to upload it to Dropbox or send it via email – which hasn’t always worked. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but it has been a major source of frustration for me for quite a while now.
The image on the left is what it looks like on my desktop. The image on the right is what it looks like on my iPhone.
What I think is super cool is I took a screenshot of the Google Keep screen on my phone, then sent it over to my desktop using Google Keep so I could access it on my PC to use in this post. THAT floats my boat!
In addition to loving that I can send photos and images quickly and easily from my phone to my PC now, I love that I can type quick notes or lists on the go, without having to worry about getting it to my PC so I’ll remember whatever it was. No more emailing myself.[clickToTweet tweet=”Easily move notes and images back and forth between your phone and desktop!” quote=”Easily move notes and images back and forth between your phone and desktop!”]
I’m still checking out all of the other Gmail features and updates, and it’s still so far, so good.
So … If you use Gmail, go to your settings and see if you have the option to switch to the new interface. If you don’t like it, you can always go back to the classic version. Check out that little yellow light bulb on the right and see if it excites you as much as it does me. It may not, but then again, it might!
Even if you don’t have the new Gmail, Google Keep is still available online, and as a mobile app. Let me know what you think!
Also published on Medium.
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