Important changes to Gmail, Google Meet, and Drive starting Oct. 1

Google will be making a number of changes to UNLVMail and Rebelmail beginning on October 1. These changes include:

  • Integrating apps together in Gmail
  • Discontinuing free premium features from Meet
  • Reducing the trash retention duration to 30 days

You will see the new features and functionality once you log into your UNLV Mail account starting on or after October 1. No further action is necessary.

Additional information about these changes is below.

Integrated Gmail Experience Begins Rolling Out on October 1

On October 1, Google will integrate the Gmail, Chat, Rooms, and Meet apps together into one page on and in the iOS and Android apps.

  • Gmail: The same email experience you know
  • Chat: Message individuals and small groups directly (Chat will replace the current Hangouts app)
  • Meet: Create video meetings and see all upcoming video meetings
  • Rooms: Collaboration spaces for groups and teams

You can access Chat and Meet directly if you prefer to use these tools as stand-alone services.

Google has also introduced new features to help simplify your work inside the new interface. You can now:

  • Edit your shared Docs and assign group tasks in Rooms
  • Set your availability to ‘Do not disturb’ to help you focus on your task at hand 
  • Search across email and chat messages

To learn more about the new integrated Gmail, please visit the G Suite Learning Center.

Google Meet Premium Features Will No Longer Be Available On October 1

To help support the transition to virtual work, Google temporarily offered certain premium features free to all users. On October 1, Google will revert these Google Meet premium features back to their standard level for all Google accounts.

  • The maximum number of Meet participants will revert back to 100 (the limit was temporarily increased to 250.)
  • Live streaming for up to 10,000 viewers will no longer be available.
  • Later this year, Google will also change the retention for recorded Meet sessions from being permanently available to expiring after 30 days. We will provide more information on this change when it is available.

If you need to host meetings or live stream to many participants, UNLV provides Webex Meetings as a virtual conferencing solution.

For more information about Google Meet, please visit the Google Meet Learning Center.

Changes to Google Drive Trash Retention Starting October 13

Beginning October 13, any file in the Trash will be automatically deleted after 30 days. Please review files in your Drive Trash folder and move anything you wish to save into a “My Drive” or “Shared drives” folder in order to avoid losing them.


If you have any questions or concerns about these changes or need assistance using UNLVMail or Rebelmail apps, please contact the IT Help Desk.

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