How To Enable new Gmail Inbox with Smart Labels

A guide to find whether get the new Gmail inbox with Smart Labels and helps you on how to enable that with ease before it is actually activated on your account.

It was just a few days back when Google officially started rolling out the new Gmail inbox with Smart Labels. The Smart Labels project has been on Google’s desk for ages and finally here it is! Smart Labels is a new technology be Google that will help you to automatically categorize your incoming mails. You can learn more about it here.

As per the official news, this new Gmail inbox will come to you in the near future. But there is a possibility that you are already welcome to this new Gmail inbox. It is a simple process that you can finish within minutes.

Enabling the new Gmail inbox

  • Log into your Gmail account.
  • Click on the gear icon at the top right of the screen.
  • If you are lucky, you’ll notice the Configure Inbox button in that menu. If you don’t find that, you’ll have to wait till Google brings this feature to you.


  • On clicking the Configure Inbox button, you’ll be shown a box that introduces you to Smart Labels.



  • The box shows the four labels that you can enable if you wish. Hovering over each label will mention some of examples of the mails that will reach this label automatically. You can see that in the image below.
  • The Primary label is enabled by default and you can’t disable it.
  • Once you enable the labels that you want, click the Save button to finish. Include starred in Primary means that all the starred mails will be kept in the Primary label irrespective of their main label.

Google has brought these Smart Labels only to the Web version of Gmail for now. Gmail for Android and iOS will be getting those very soon and they’ll looking like so on your devices. Do share your thoughts on this new Gmail inbox.


Yashwant Golecha June 4, 2013

Voila !! I checked this post by its mention in the gmail app related post. Checked my gmail inbox and got the option to configure inbox. It looks a bit odd with my current theme(desk) though, but I guess it would b useful. Will take some time to get used to it…

Arun Sathiya June 4, 2013

I too had some hard time with these Smart Labels, Golecha. But it turned out to be one of the best developments ever! Hope you love it. 🙂

Yashwant Golecha June 5, 2013

Let’s hope so Arun !! I am still a bit confused with these tabs. I just hope I don’t miss out on any important mail till I get a feel of these labels.

J August 16, 2013

It’s irritating and no matter how many times I un tick each box because I DON’T want this feature, it does NOT turn it off! I have to untick all my incoming mail that the stupid program smart labels has labeled incorrectly and THEN take more of my precious time to add a label that I WANT each email to have. Grrrrrrrrrrr I CAN’T STAND THIS FEATURE! PLEASE MAKE A WAY TO BE ABLE TO SWITCH THIS FEATURE OFF IF WE DON’T WANT TO USE IT! IT TOTALLY WASTES MY TIME!!!