Your Gmail icon may look a little different. If you use G Suite alongside a corporate Gmail account or a custom Gmail domain, you may have noticed that your mail icon has switched from red to blue. Your eyes aren’t deceiving you — this is a new feature the company is testing out via “Labs.”
According to BuzzFeed, Labs are “experimental custom features” a Gmail user can toggle on or off to customize the appearance of their accounts. One such Lab changes the appearance of the standard red Gmail G Suite tab icon to a blue icon. This feature is a Lab called “Unread message icon.”
The color-switch could prove to be a useful feature for those of us who get our personal and work Gmail accounts confused. But for others, the red-to-blue switch is causing chaos at the office.
Luckily, Gmail users can access Labs through the Settings page and change the color back to red.
Head into Settings and click “Labs.” Then, disable the “Unread message icon” Lab. Click “Save Settings” and refresh your Gmail page. Your red icon should reappear.
A volunteer tech support person tweeted that Google is currently looking into why the feature is changing on its own. But until the small glitch is fixed, you can easily make the change to your account.
Google has yet to say if the blue icon is a feature they’re looking to permanently implement into G Suite. If it is, corporate Gmail users will have a lot to get used to.
In the meantime, take the extra few minutes to switch back to red before your brain goes bonkers.