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Gmail: Intermediate tips

Get notifications for new email

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Tips

Waiting for an important email you don’t want to miss? Set up notifications in Gmail so you’ll know as soon as it arrives.

Set up notifications""

On Android devices

Note: If you use multiple accounts in the Gmail app, you need to change this setting for each account.

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. At the top, tap Menu ""and thenSettings "".
  3. Select your account and scroll to Notifications.
  4. Tap Inbox notifications and select your notification settings.
  5. (Optional) To change notification settings for certain labels in your inbox:
    1. Tap Manage labelsand thentap a label, such as Important.
    2. Tap Sync messagesand thenLast 30 days or All. If you don't synchronize messages, you can't turn on notifications for that label.
    3. Choose the notification settings for that label.
    4. Repeat steps for any other labels you want to get notifications for.

Note: Your Android device has other notification settings that are separate from the Gmail app.

On Apple iOS devices

Note: If you use multiple accounts in the Gmail app, you need to change this setting for each account.

  1. Open the Gmail app.
  2. At the top, tap Menu ""and thenSettings.
  3. Tap your account.
  4. In the Notifications section, tap All new emails.
  5. When you see a notification on your device, swipe it to the left to Reply or Archive.

On the web

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings ""and thenSee all settings.
  3. Scroll down to Desktop notifications and select New mail notifications on or Important mail notifications on (if you use Priority Inbox).
  4. Click Save Changes.

Note: Notifications appear on Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Apple Safari when you're signed in to Gmail and have it open.

Turn notification sounds on or off""

On Android devices

  1. Open the Gmail app .
  2. At the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Select the account you want to change.
  4. Under “Notifications,'' tap Notification sounds. 
  5. Tap Email or Chat and spaces.
  6. In the window that opens, tap Go to settings
  7. Tap Sound or Advanced Drop down arrow and then Sound
  8. UnderMy sounds,” pick a sound. 
  9. To turn off Notification sounds, select None.

On Apple iOS devices

  1. On your iPhone or iPad, open the Gmail app .
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu and then Settings Settings.
  3. Select your account.
  4. Under "Notifications", tap Notification sounds.   
  5. Tap Email or Chat and spaces. When sounds are turned on, you'll see the name of the sound.
  6. Choose the sound you want to use. 
  7. To turn off notification sounds, tap None.

On the web

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click Settings Settings and then See all settings.
  3. Scroll to “Desktop notifications.”
  4. Click New mail notifications on or Important mail notifications on.
  5. Next to "Mail notification sounds," select a sound from the list.
  6. To turn off email notification sounds, select None.
  7. Scroll to the bottom and then click Save changes.

 


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