Google offers a Gmail basic HTML version for users with unsupported web browsers or older computers. But it’s also great for people with slower internet connections. The basic HTML version of Gmail is similar in appearance to the original version of Gmail. It also loads and runs much faster than the standard version. Keep reading to learn how to access the special Gmail HTML version URL.
The Gmail HTML Version URL
If you access Gmail using an unsupported web browser, Google will automatically redirect you to the basic HTML version of Google Gmail. But you can override this check and manually access Gmail in HTML mode:
- Go to the URL https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/h/.
- Log in to your Gmail account if you are not already.
- Click “I’d like to use HTML Gmail” if prompted.
- Start browsing Gmail.
- Don’t forget to bookmark the Gmail HTML link for future use!
The Limitations Of Gmail Basic HTML View
- Adding or importing contacts
- Spell checker
- Rich formatting
- Keyboard shortcuts
- Custom “from” addresses
But if you just need to check your emails, and you have a slow computer or Internet connection, then the basic HTML version of Gmail should be just what you need.
How To Exit Gmail HTML View
If you want to go back to Gmail Standard view, you have a couple options.
- Scroll down to the footer and click on the Gmail View: Standard link.
- Close the browser and start again.
- Click on this URL to bypass Google’s browser check: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/?nocheckbrowser
How To Use Gmail In Basic HTML Mode
Gmail is great, but sometimes it can be a resource hog on my older computer. I frequently need to quit applications or close browser tabs. So I will frequently use the basic HTML version in Gmail to help CPU resources. Or sometimes, it’s just fun to relive the early days of Gmail and see what the interfaces used to look like.