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Change email notifications

You can turn on notifications to get alerts on your phone or computer when you get new emails.

Turn notifications on or off

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

Turn on notifications

By default, notifications are turned on for any messages in your Primary label.

First, turn on notifications & choose your settings

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Select your account.
  5. To turn on notifications, check the box next to "Notifications."
  6. Tap Inbox sound & vibrateNote: If you're using Android O and above, tap Manage notifications. Under your account, turn on the Email switch, then tap Email.
  7. Choose your notification settings, including sounds.

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

Change notification settings for certain labels

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Select your account.
  5. Tap Manage Labels.
  6. Tap one of your labels, like Important.
  7. Tap Sync messages and then Last 30 days or All. If you don't sync messages, you can't turn on notifications for that label.
  8. Choose your notification settings for that label. Repeat this for any labels you want to get notifications for.
Turn off notifications
  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Select your account.
  5. Uncheck the box next to "Notifications."

I'm not getting any notifications

If you don't see your notifications, follow the steps above to turn on notifications. If that doesn't help, try these steps:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menu.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Select your account.
  5. Make sure the box next to "Sync Gmail" is checked.

If you still aren't getting notifications, learn how to fix sync errors with the Gmail app.

Michelle is a Gmail expert and the author of this help page. Leave her feedback about this help page.

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