Notifications (Android)

This information is for the Gmail app for Android 4.0 and up.

With the Gmail app for Android, you can choose how you're notified about incoming messages.

Set up your notifications

If you have multiple accounts, you can change your notification settings for each account.

Which messages do you want to be notified about?

All incoming messages
  1. In the Gmail app, touch the menu .
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Choose an account.
  4. Make sure that Notifications is checked.
  5. Touch Inbox sound & vibrate.
  6. Check the box for Label notifications, or Email notifications (for non-Gmail accounts).
  7. Choose how you want to be notified. See "Learn more about notification settings" below for more information.
  8. For Gmail accounts, continue with the steps below.

Extra steps for Gmail accounts

  1. Go back to the previous page and touch Manage labels.
  2. Select an inbox category such as Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums, or Inbox.
  3. Check the box for Label notifications and choose how you want to be notified about messages in this category.
  4. Go back to the previous page and repeat for the rest of the inbox categories if you see them in your list. Inbox categories are at the top of the list, but not all of them are used in your account.
Only messages in certain categories or labels (Gmail accounts only)

For Gmail accounts, you can limit your notifications to messages you care about. For example, maybe you'd like to be notified about Updates but not Promotions, or only messages with the "Urgent" label you created.

  1. In the Gmail app, touch menu .
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Choose an account (Gmail accounts only).
  4. Make sure that Notifications is checked.
  5. Touch Manage labels.
  6. Choose one of your labels.
  7. Touch Sync messages and choose either Sync: Last 30 days or Sync: All.
  8. Check Label notifications.
  9. Choose how you want to be notified. See "Learn more about notification settings" below for more information.
  10. Repeat for any label you want notifications for. You can choose different ringtones for different labels.

Note: By default, notifications are on for Primary, so you may need to turn off its notifications.

Only important messages (Gmail accounts only)

For Gmail accounts, you can take advantage of Gmail's automatic importance ranking by turning on notifications for messages labeled "Important."

If you use Priority Inbox, you'll get notifications for only important messages by default.

If you use Default Inbox, follow these directions to turn on notifications for important messages:

  1. In the Gmail app, touch menu .
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Choose an account (Gmail accounts only).
  4. Make sure that Notifications is checked.
  5. Touch Manage labels.
  6. Choose Important.
  7. Touch Sync messages and choose either Sync: Last 30 days or Sync: All.
  8. Check the box for Label notifications.
  9. Choose how you want to be notified. See "Learn more about notification settings" below for more information.

Note: By default, notifications are on for Primary, so you may need to turn off its notifications.

None, I don't want any notifications for this account
  1. In the Gmail app, touch menu .
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Choose an account.
  4. Uncheck Notifications or Email notifications.
  5. If you have multiple accounts, repeat these steps for any other accounts you don't want notifications for.

Learn more about notification settings

Sound

Choose a ringtone, or choose None if you don't want a sound to play.

Vibrate

If the vibrate option is checked, your device will vibrate for every notification, except when in silent mode. 

If the vibrate option is unchecked, your device will still vibrate if it's in vibrate mode and you have sound notifications turned on.

Notify for every message

If checked, you'll receive a notification every time a message is delivered to your inbox. If unchecked, you won't receive further notifications until you dismiss the last notification.

More notification features

Reply, archive, or delete from a notification (Android 4.1+)

With Android 4.1 and above, you can archive or reply to a message directly from a notification.

Gmail Android 4.1+Interactive Notifications screenshot

If you don't see these options for a single-message notification, expand the notification by swiping down with one finger.

Choose whether to delete or archive (Gmail accounts only)

  1. In the Gmail app, touch menu .
  2. Touch Settings.
  3. Choose General settings.
  4. Touch Gmail default action.
  5. Select Delete or Archive.

Note: For non-Gmail accounts, you'll only be able to delete or reply from a notification, not archive. 

Lock screen notifications (Android 5.0+)

With Android 5.0 and above, you can get notifications on your lock screen. You can change your settings for these notifications or turn them off. Learn more about lock screen notifications.

I’m not receiving notifications

  • Make sure that sync is on for your device.
    On many Android devices, you can turn off sync for all apps at once. Often there is a sync icon Gmail Refresh Icon that turns sync on and off. You may have turned off sync on purpose or by accident.
  • Make sure that Gmail sync is on.
    In the Gmail app, touch menu . Then touch Settings. Choose your account, then make sure the box next to Sync Gmail is checked.
  • Verify your settings.
    Review the steps in the previous section to make sure you have all the right boxes checked.

If you're still experiencing problems, try the steps in this sync troubleshooter.