how to activate the Google Workspace interface for free on the web version

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Google has just announced that the new Google Workspace interface is now available free of charge for all holders of a Gmail address. In this quick tutorial, we explain how to activate the new Google Workspace interface on the web version of Gmail.


Normally, Google Workspace is a paid service with subscription offers that range from € 4.68 for the cheapest edition, € 9.36 per month for the Business Starter edition, to € 15.60 for the Business Plus edition. Google Workspace, formerly known as “the G Suite subscription” is dedicated to businesses of all sizes. The idea is to offer more options and services that promote teamwork, whether for organizing meetings, monitoring work or collaborating.

All Google Workspace plans include a personalized email address with your company’s domain name. However, on June 14, 2021 Google announced that “All Google Workspace is available to everyone with a Google account“. This does not include the purchase of a domain name, but it becomes possible to activate the Google Workspace interface in Gmail. The change is not automatic, but we explain everything in this tutorial.

Also read: How to activate and use Google Chat in Gmail on smartphone

How to activate Gmail’s new Google Workspace interface

Activating the new Google Workspace interface in Gmail (web) is as easy as pie, provided you know the right steps:

  • Go to the cogwheel at the top right, just to the left of your avatar
  • Click on Show all settings
  • Go to the tab Discussions and videoconferences
  • Activate the option Google chat

It is this setting that switches your Gmail account to the Google Workspaces interface. Google Chat will now completely replace Google Hangouts. The new Google Chat concentrates most of the functionality of Google Workspaces. More practical, it offers more clarity but also more options for team collaboration within Google’s suite of office applications in the cloud.

  • Press on Save Changes

A wizard is then displayed. Follow him to find out all that is changing with the new Workspace interface: Google Chat instead of Hangouts and the three new sections “Discussions”, “Rooms” and “Video conferences” in the left column, among other new features.