Try out experimental new features with Gmail Labs.

If you're going to brave the Labs world, it's important to keep the following things in mind about these features:

  • They may break at any time.
  • They may disappear temporarily or permanently.
  • They may work so well that they graduate and become regular features.

We post updates about new Labs to the Gmail blog.

Enable Labs

Want to get started with Labs? You can do this in a few quick clicks.

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. Click the gear in the top right and select Settings.
  3. Open the Labs tab.
  4. Identify the labs you want to turn on and click the Enable radio button.
  5. Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
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If you don’t see the Labs tab in your settings, make sure you are using a supported browser.


After you enable a gadget lab, you can access it by clicking on the gadget icon in the bottom left corner of your Gmail page, underneath your chat list.

Gmail UI Labs gadget icon

If you have multiple gadgets, you can rearrange them by dragging and dropping them.

Problems with Labs

If you encounter any problems while you have a Labs feature enabled, here are some things you can do:

  • Temporarily disable Labs
    Go to to temporarily disable Labs and get your account back to normal.
  • Disable Labs individually
    If you'd like to help pinpoint the problem, you can disable each feature until the problem goes away.
    1. Open Gmail.
    2. Click the gear in the top right and select Settings.
    3. Open the Labs tab.
    4. Select the Disable radio button by the features you've enabled.
    5. Click Save Changes.
  • Check out our Known Issues page
    If you're still having trouble after disabling Labs, we recommend you check out our Known Issues page.

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