Change email notifications

You can turn on notifications to receive 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 and 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. Tap Notifications and select a notification level. 
  6. Tap Inbox notificationsNote: If you're using Android O and above, tap Manage notifications. Under your account, make sure the switch is set to On.
  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, such as 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 that you want to receive notifications for.

Get notified for just important emails

You can limit your notifications to emails automatically marked as important. 

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Gmail app Gmail.
  2. In the top left, tap Menu Menuand then Settings Settings.
  3. Tap your account.
  4. Tap Notifications and then select High priority only.

Note: High-priority emails will override any other notifications settings you've made for certain labels. 

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. Tap Notifications and then select None.

I'm not receiving any notifications

If you can'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 that the box next to 'Sync Gmail' is ticked.

If you still aren't receiving notifications, find out how to fix sync errors with the Gmail app.

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