Last Updated: June 5th, 2013

Gmail 4.5 started rolling out today to Android devices (have you installed your update yet?), and immediately some of you noticed that it has definitely shuffled some things around. The bottom bar moved up top, the navigation is now on the left, and the multi-select checkboxes are gone. Don't worry, though - multi-select functionality hasn't disappeared. In fact, it's still very easy to use.

With the addition of sender images, two separate scenarios exist for using good old multi-select. Let me demonstrate.

Sender Images Enabled

Sender images are kind of neat - they instantly let you tell what kind of correspondence you're looking at in a very visual way. I personally love them. Some of you may not - if you are one of those people, go to the next section.

By the way, in case you haven't figured it out yet, if a sender image is missing, the first letter of the sender's name is used instead.

Here's the thing about sender images - they are your multi-select checkboxes. Just tap them. Easy, right?

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Sender Images Disabled

So you hate sender images and decided to disable them. Don't worry - you can still select multiple messages. Just long-press one of the emails until it gets highlighted and then simply single tap others. A little bit more effort, but it still works and works well.

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Now if we could get an option to restore the bottom button bar, I'd be a happy camper.

Artem Russakovskii
Artem is a die-hard Android fan, passionate tech blogger, obsessive-compulsive editor, bug hunting programmer, and the founder of Android Police.
Most of the time, you will find Artem either hacking away at code or thinking of the next 15 blog posts.

  • nxtiak

    Yeah I liked the bottom bar, easier on the thumbs for 1 handed use.

  • OnpointG3

    I can't stop swinging my arms

  • http://www.facebook.com/joeyklatzko Joseph Klatzko

    I really wish they would add select all to the app

  • Bob G

    I don't remember, but can sender images be enabled on the desktop version?

  • tcmean

    what is the app that keeps track of the network download/upload speed in the overlay?

  • Karthik Kumar

    What I really want in the GMail app is a select option that mimics the webmail site. So that I can select (Un)read, (un)Starred without having to go into separate sections. Not like there is a section to see unread mails even in that. Please Google, add that ASAP.

  • Mr E

    nice, thanks for this! i assumed there was still a way, but wasn't excited about the update until i knew for sure.

  • ADN

    Just curious, how do you capture the screen as video? It's very smooth and in great quality.

    • http://www.modminecraft.com/ Nick Coad

      Wouldn't mind knowing this myself actually

  • Jason Brown

    would be nice if they kept the archive button AND allowed you to swipe to delete. looks like it's either or.

  • Davieboy

    Thanks, very useful as I was upgraded this morning and hadn't work the multi-select option yet.

  • JohnSeiffer

    How did you get the trash can at the top when you select multiple messages? That used to happen with my old interface, but doesn't with the new one - even when the images are turned off. Now to delete multiple messages I have to select them, then hit menu, then delete. An extra click!! I know - first world problem.

    • Erica

      In the settings>general settings there is an option for "Archive and Delete Actions" - you can change to show the archive button, the trashcan, or both.

  • glowingblue

    At 0:33 what is the remove from glass option for?

  • http://gplus.to/bdbplatano M. Puente

    Do this: Go to all mail or archive a message. Is it just me or did they remove the option to "move to inbox"

  • Satya

    What happened to the check for new mail button? I cant seem to find that....

    • Satya

      Never mind.. found it :).. just swipe down like you do in flipboard and the messages list refreshes aka check for new mail. Hope this helps somebody

  • pheffertunes123

    That is in no way a multi select, u still have to select each email individually. needs to have a select all. I have like 400 messages I need to delete, so ill havta select all 400 of em to clear up my inbox. super lameness

  • Momma Chef

    Defintely need a SELECT ALL its rediculous how long it takes to delete multiple messages! In fact if I didn't HAVE to have a gmail acct I WOULD DEFINTELY NOT EVER USE GMAIL!!! That's how bad it is!