Change Gmail notifications

You can choose how Gmail notifies you when you get new emails. The types of notifications you can customize depends on your device.

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Turn Gmail notifications on or off

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You can get email notifications on Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari when you're signed in to Gmail and have it open in your browser.

Note: You won't see any notifications if you turned off all notifications for your browser.

  1. On your computer, open Gmail.
  2. In the top right, click Settings and then See all settings.
  3. Scroll down to the "Desktop notifications" section.
  4. Select New mail notifications on, Important mail notifications on, or Mail notifications off.
  5. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Note: If you use inbox categories and turned on notifications for new mail, you'll only get notifications about messages in your Primary category. If you turned on notifications for important mail, you'll get notifications for everything marked as important.

I can't see my email notifications

If you use Windows 10, you'll see notifications outside of your internet browser. Turn on your Chrome notifications in the Windows Action Center.

Turn notification sounds on or off

  1. Open Gmail.
  2. At the top right, click 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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