At some point after switching to Inbox for Google I set it as the default that my account sees at mail.google.com. Now, I want to disable it and return to the old Gmail interface, but I can not, for the life of me, find a setting that will allow me to do it.

How do I change my account's mail interface back to the old Gmail one?

If it matters, my account is a Google Apps account, not a Gmail one.

4 Answers 4


You can stop redirecting www.gmail.com to inbox.google.com through a setting in Inbox as detailed here.

  1. Open Inbox
  2. On the top left, go to the main menu.
  3. Scroll to the bottom and choose Settings.
  4. Uncheck the box for Redirect Gmail to inbox.google.com

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  • Does that work for Google Apps too, or just for regular consumer Gmail?
    – ale
    Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 21:55
  • Definitely works for free accounts, not sure about Apps for Businesses. I'd assume for Apps for Businesses the setting is either on the user level, or administrator level. Commented Oct 1, 2015 at 21:59
  • It worked fine for my free Apps account.
    – Chris R
    Commented Oct 2, 2015 at 15:11
  • It also worked for my google apps/domain account Commented Sep 9, 2016 at 5:45

In the left menu you must have the Gmail field near your contact field, click this and you'll return to your old Gmail interface.

Left Menu


If you click on the settings icon - the circle on the top right of your Gmail page and then select the first option: "display density", and then choose the "compact" option it will very closely resemble your old Gmail version.


If you prefer using Inbox for most occasions but occasionally require access to Gmail (e.g. for setting rules), instead of changing settings as above, you can click the Google apps icon at the top-right (looks like a grid) and click Gmail.

  • I just tested and this doesn't work if you've got the setting "Redirect Gmail to inbox.google.com" checked. Clicking Gmail in the grid redirects to Inbox.
    – Folk
    Commented Jan 23, 2017 at 18:33
  • You're right. I must have had the checkbox disabled when I was testing this. Commented Jan 25, 2017 at 9:22

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