Gmail's new redesign has given us the features we've been dreaming about for years

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It's the biggest makeover to date!

If you are one of the 1.4 billion people who use Gmail – which we're assuming you are – there are a whole bunch of new features you'll probably be quite excited to hear about! 

The new updates focus on privacy and security, giving people more control over the emails they send. The company's vice president of product management David Thacker revealed in a blog post:

“[Gmail has] a brand new look on the web, advanced security features, new applications of Google’s artificial intelligence and even more integrations with other G Suite apps.”

The thing most people are excited about is the self-destruct feature, where you can send emails with expiration dates and even block them from being forwarded, copied, downloaded or printed. People could still screenshot it, but it's meant to stop people from accidentally sending the email on to anyone that shouldn't see it. 

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If you accidentally send an email you didn't mean to, you can revoke said email and stop yourself from having a heart attack. So that's great!

You can also have a code sent to your recipient's phone that they have to enter to read your email as an extra security measure. Mr Thacker said:

“Because you can require additional authentication via text message to view an email, it’s also possible to protect data even if a recipient’s email account has been hijacked while the message is active."

The tech giant will rely more heavily on artificial intelligence to help fight hackers. When the mail's algorithm is triggered by a certain email it will display a large banner telling the user the email is suspicious. 

The AI systems will also let you know if it thinks you've let an important email slip through unread. It'll also give you suggested replies at the click of a button. 

It'll also recommend when to unsubscribe from mailing lists based on how many emails you read from certain senders. 

The update will roll out across users over the next few months, but if you want it right now you can click the gear icon in the top right corner. If the update is available to you you'll get a notification saying "Try the new Gmail".

Images: studioEAST/Getty Images and Google

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