How To Get Back Old Gmail Theme
By on November 2nd, 2011

*See updates at bottom to find more ways to restore Gmail Interface

Google recently rolled out a new interface for   to all it’s users. The interface is in line with most of the design changes that have been brought about by Google. It all started when they decided to add a Bing link background to their homepage and continued with a slew of other changes including removing the I am feeling Luckybutton, using a new design for search results and yet more, simplifying the image search results, adding top references to results and more.

However, not many people are actually liking the design and unlike earlier the options to switch back to old Gmail have changed. If you have switched to the new Gmail theme, you can easily switch back to the older theme temporarily.

Revert Gmail Theme

To revert back to the Old Gmail look, click on the “Settings” icon and then select the option to “Revert to old look temporarily”.

Once you do that, Gmail will revert back to the old interface. I am not sure as to how long the older interface will be available before users are forced to switch to the new Gmail interface. However, as always someone might come up with user scripts or which will allow users to go back to the old Gmail interface.

We will update the post with user scripts and extensions to switch back to the old Google interface as we come across them.

Update: 04/20/2012: Check out a new way to restore Old Gmail Interface using a Stylish script.

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  • Ash

    I cannot find “switch the old look temporarily” – I use this Gmail account for work purposes and now it has changed to the frustrating new look. I am struggling to find this clog wheel with the option to change to the new look, my work stands unattended to now. Please could I have the old look back, I literally “HATE” this so called new look!!!!!!!

  • Kedar

    This functionality is not at all working right now. Please tell me any other alternative resolution.

  • nitin

    Now you cant go back to old look though it was the best to “Look at The Inbox”

    Now Google is dumping their Blurry Creative Shit called New Look on our head.

  • Josh

    Oh, but they’ll let us go back to the previous version of the account settings screen, if we want to look for OLDER versions of stuff… Google, y u so inflexible with your looks!? Grow-up already; I’m sick and tired of waiting.

    • Achamyeleh

      of course it is bad.

  • Saw

    I really hate new look gmail,it is automaticaly changed without my wish .so sad to see new look .I think we shoudn’t use gmail if not necessary ,not good for eye with new funny color ,old one has blue color so quite nice for me .Not happy to see all the time for chatting with friends and even sendind a mail with new look .Again ,I hate this new one .

  • Frustrated

    Anyone know of a good simple free email program ?

  • Blesinga Fallalahoop

    I want the old look back too.. there’s a really cool marker theme I had that’s not on anymore.. why have they disabled the old look option :|.

  • Matthew Charles Heltay

    I’m on xp I cant even use my gmail…i want the old look…..this sucks, you have wasted alot of my time and energy. so unhappy with google.

  • Anonymous

    I have spend more than 45 minutes to get back to Classic/Old look of gmail, its really irritating and frustrating for.

    me google really sucks, wtf can access it, will delete my account…….

  • Tebogo Masha

    I don’t like the new gmail look. my cousin sent me wedding pictures which for some reason I cant download. Cant I revert back to the old version.

    • Sparkle Fruit

      le nna ga ke rate

  • Al-Quraan Al-Kareem

    White Red n Black color scheme [on new interface] I missed my light blue color scheme.

  • Corbeaux

    I started using the basic html view as the default now. Looks like I’ll have to give up Chat and use the application for that instead.No issue there really since everyone I talk to is also on Skype and I rarely use it since they more properly blocked Google Voice from working outside the United States.

  • JoAnne Soter Carlson

    I hate the new format on gmail… It won’t even move the page up… I want the old format back! Please help help.

  • Chris

    The new gmail look is so disgusting and stupid makes me wanna puke. Is there a way to go back to the old one??? There is no “switch back to old gmail temporarily” option anymore! Please help!!!

  • Page One

    I agree with this posters comments: “I hate everything about the new gmail page and I want my old one back. I can’t even find the forward button anymore. I spent 40 minutes trying to find it on the new format. Just stop with all the consumer tracking big brother stuff google and we will all be a lot happier.

    I’ll be using my msn account until something is resolved.

  • khandagale

    I want to go back to old version of G Mail but in the Gear icon the statement go back to old version of G Mail is not appearing.What & How can I go back to old version of G Mail.

  • David Trappe
  • Janice

    I’m not able to revet back to the old gmail and now the option to temp., revert back to old…. has been removed. All I’m reading about is everybody having the same problem but what is the ANSWER to the problem. Step by step…… I HATE this new gmail look. PLEASE enough of everyone agreeing they hate it too. I NEED A SOLUTION. My icon (both places) don’t even give me a choice anymore. I want to keep the old way FOREVER PLEASE PLEASE

  • Kelly Bortner

    I hate the new gmail format. It’s time to find a new email.

  • Achamyeleh

    Me too want to revert to old view. But yet I fail to do that. I appreciate any help regarding to this. I think before changing any thing, It is better to make a survey whether customers are in favor of it or not.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t have such an option in setting!

  • berk

    I dont have an option as revert back to the Old Gmail look in settings.

  • brian chapman

    this sucks..cant find my way back out of “new” everything that I!

  • Coal Labrador

    Mark me as one who also does not like the new gmail thing. It is stupid and I wonder if the Google people listen to thier customers. Hello?

  • D. Capone

    What the story? This is getting like a grocery store … filling your cart with stuff you don’t need! I want my OLD SITE back (I’m even afraid to call it the wrong thing) – all I know is I like those new EMOTIONS …. yah – now I’m up a creek!! I want my old site back – if it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it! curiousity (sp) killed the cat – get it?? I might go back to the telephone, writing letters, at least these were clear (caligraphy!!!) – yah, yah – please, please – don’t be a smarty-pants any more., dcapone

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