I use "Basic HTML" very often for Gmail and I want have this as default.

My internet research told my it should be possible.

To set the Basic HTML view as your default so that you don't need to select the link every time you sign in, click “Set Basic HTML as Default View” at the top of the Gmail account screen when you're using Basic HTML view.

I don't see a button “Set Basic HTML as Default View”

And this page sounds hopeful, but I was not able to to this. Is this still possible and how?


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I don't get the banner either. Perhaps Google disabled this option, or it depends on your browser or account. I would advise to bookmark the dedicated link for Basic HTML: https://mail.google.com/mail/h/ - that will always take you to the basic version.


When I click on either the dedicated link for basic HTML
or the link in your question
I get the following screen.

gmail header in basic HTML

I see "Set Basic HTML as Default View". When I do that, it remains in default view, although it continues to offer the switch to standard view if I want it, on each of my subsequent visits to Gmail.

  • with me this notice is not (firefox in kubuntu).
    – SL5net
    Mar 25, 2021 at 7:30
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    Ah, I'm sorry, I should have added that part to my answer. Using Google Chrome browser and Windows 10 0/S Mar 25, 2021 at 8:37
  • imgur.com/a/2Nr1Yyo with me this notice is not (firefox in kubuntu).
    – SL5net
    Mar 25, 2021 at 8:44

Try this (if you haven't done so already): https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/h/?v=lui

Source: https://ladedu.com/how-to-access-simple-html-gmail-in-any-browser/#How-to-Open-Gmail-Basic-HTML-Version-in-Any-Browser

  • Just an observation but looks like Alphabet/Google is 'forcing' everyone to use the standard version because every time I enter click on the Basic HTML version several times (frantically w/ my mouse button), it still leads me to the standard version. Currently, I can't find the "Set Basic HTML to Default". Sometimes it's there, often times it's not. Oct 13, 2021 at 13:37
  • While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes. - From Review
    – serenesat
    Oct 14, 2021 at 2:45

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