If you were recently horrified to see your familiar red envelope Gmail icon replaced by a weird blue gear, fear not. We have a solution.
Over the past several weeks, many (but not all) Gmailers have noticed this new tab icon appear in their browsers when they checked their email:
— Gabor Cselle (@gabor) September 23, 2013
is that new gmail favicon intentional? wierd little yellow blue gear icon thing. anyone else getting that?
— paul berry (@teamreboot) September 17, 2013
does anyone have a weird icon on there gmail? currently my email exhibits a wrench in a blue gear.
— Jeff m (@komputer_byets) September 23, 2013
Ok people. Calm down. Here is how to get rid of it, according to the good people at DevBlog:
- Go to "Settings" by clicking on the cog icon to the right of your mailbox
- Go to "Labs" and find the "Unread message icon" lab
- Click "Enable"
- Click "Save Changes" at the bottom of the page
Phew. Now we can all get back to our Tuesday afternoon.