How to Enable Experimental Access in Gmail

You have access to a number of different features and settings when you use Gmail. Whether it’s something that can help you be more productive, or a way to change the view in Gmail, many users can become even more efficient by experimenting with everything that Gmail has to offer.

Occasionally Gmail will test these features before they are released widely for all users, and you can often be part of this testing by enabling a setting for experimental access. Our tutorial below will show you where to find and enable this setting if you would like to give some of these experimental features a test drive.


How to Get Access to New Features in Gmail By Enabling Experimental Access

The steps in this article were performed in the Google Chrome desktop Web browser, but you can follow these same steps in other desktop browsers like Firefox or Edge. Note that experimental features can be removed at any time, and Google may periodically email you for feedback on a feature that you have been using.

Step 1: Go to and sign into your Gmail account.


Step 2: Click the gear icon at the top-right corner of the window.

click the gear icon in gmail



Step 3: Choose the Settings option.

open gmail settings



Step 4: Scroll down and click the box to the left of Enable experimental access.

how to enable experimental access in gmail



Step 5: Scroll to the bottom of the menu and click the Save Changes button.

get access to new gmail features with experimental access



Note that there aren’t always experimental features available. When one is available you can find it on the General tab of the Settings menu, indicated by a gray experiment icon next to it. If the feature looks appealing to you, simply enable it and save your changes.


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