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 of incoming messages.

Set up your notifications

By default, notifications are turned on for messages in Primary if you’re using the Default Inbox.

Which messages do you want to be notified about?

All incoming messages
  1. In the Gmail app, touch the Menu icon, then Settings.
  2. Choose an account.
  3. Make sure that Notifications is checked.
  4. Touch Inbox sound & vibrate.
  5. Check Label notifications.
  6. Choose how you want to be notified. See “Learn more about notification settings” below for more information.
  7. Go back to the previous page and touch Manage labels.
  8. Select an inbox label such as Social, Promotions, Updates, Forums, or Inbox.
  9. Check Label notifications and choose how you want to be notified about messages with this label.
  10. Go back to the previous page and repeat for the rest of the inbox labels if you see them in your list. Inbox labels are at the top of the list, but not all of them are used in your account.
Only messages in certain categories or labels

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 the Menu icon, then Settings.
  2. Choose an account.
  3. Make sure that Notifications is checked.
  4. Touch Manage labels.
  5. Choose one of your labels.
  6. Touch Sync messages and choose either Sync: Last 30 days or Sync: All.
  7. Check Label notifications.
  8. Choose how you want to be notified. See “Learn more about notification settings” below for more information.
  9. 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

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 the Menu icon, then Settings.
  2. Choose an account.
  3. Make sure that Notifications is checked.
  4. Touch Manage labels.
  5. Choose Important.
  6. Touch Sync messages and choose either Sync: Last 30 days or Sync: All.
  7. Check Label notifications.
  8. 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
  1. In the Gmail app, touch the Menu icon, then Settings.
  2. Choose an account.
  3. Uncheck Notifications.

Learn more about notification settings

Sound

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

Vibrate

If checked, your device will vibrate for every notification, except when in silent mode. If unchecked, your device will vibrate only if it's in vibrate mode and you have a sound notification 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 current notification.

Notification features on 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.

Delete instead of archive from a notification
  1. In the Gmail app, touch the Menu icon, then Settings.
  2. Choose General settings.
  3. Touch Archive & delete actions.
  4. Select Show delete only.

Learn more about archive and delete settings.

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 the Menu icon, then 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.