Change your settings
You can change your Gmail settings or preferences by clicking the gear icon in the top right corner of your Gmail:
- Open Gmail.
- In the top-right, click the gear .
- Select Settings.
- Choose one of the tabs at the top of the page, such as General, Labels, or Account.
- After making a change to a setting, click Save Changes at the bottom of the page.
Learn more about specific settings in Gmail.
The Gmail app for Android has two types of settings:
- General settings that apply to all Gmail accounts on your device.
- Account settings that only apply to a specific account.
In the Gmail app, touch the menu , then Settings.General settings
Here are the available settings when you touch menu > Settings > General settings.Archive & delete actions
You can choose whether you want this bar to always show at the top of the screen (even when you scroll down), only show in portrait (it will hide while in landscape), or don’t show (simply scroll up to the top of the message to see it again).
To clear data, touch the Menu icon while on the General settings page.
- Clear search history
Touch to remove the history of the words you’ve searched for previously in Gmail for all accounts.
- Clear picture approvals
If you had previously chosen “Always show pictures from this sender” or “Show pictures,” touching this option will clear those approvals and restore the default setting to not show pictures automatically.
Here are the available settings when you go touch the menu , then Settings, and choose your account. If you have multiple accounts, these settings only apply to the account you chose.Inbox type
Priority Inbox is a list of conversations from your Inbox that Gmail or you have labeled important. Learn more about Priority Inbox.
Changes to categories in the Gmail app are reflected in the desktop version of Gmail, and vice versa. Learn more about inbox categories.
This setting is not shown if you have Priority Inbox enabled.
There are a number of settings that you can change in the Gmail app for Android. These settings are entirely different than the Settings you can also manage for Gmail on your computer.
To access the Gmail app's Settings menu:
- Open Gmail.
- Press Menu.
- Select More > Settings.
Each Gmail account can have its own settings. Select General preferences to adjust the settings for the entire app. Select one of your Gmail accounts to modify your Account Settings.General preferences
Select General preferences to adjust the settings for the all accounts in the app.
- Message actions lets you change the display options for your Message Actions.
- Clear search history will remove all the searches you've performed in the Gmail app.
- Clear "Show pictures" will restore the default prompts for all senders.
There are a number of account-specific settings that you can change in the Gmail application on Android devices.
To access the Gmail app's Account settings menu:
- Open Gmail.
- Press Menu.
- Select More > Settings > Select account
Manage account settings
Changes to your account settings will only affect the account you selected.
You can make Priority Inbox your default inbox, so it opens when you start Gmail with new messages (instead of Inbox). This setting is not visible unless you have configured Gmail on the web to show Priority Inbox.
Enter text to append to every message you send.
Select which actions open a dialog asking you to confirm that action: archiving, deleting, and sending messages.
When checked, replaces the Reply button in message headers with the Reply all button, so you don’t need to touch the arrow to access it.
Set which screen opens when you delete or archive a conversation whose messages you are viewing: the messages in the next conversation, the previous conversation, or the Inbox or other conversation list you’re working with.
Message text size
Select the size of text in the messages you read.
When checked, adds a check box to the left of each conversation, so you can add it to a batch.
Sync inboxes and labels
Opens the Labels screen, where you can manage which labels are synchronized.
You can set specific notification settings for an individual Gmail account.
When checked, you'll receive a notification when you have new email.
Labels to notify
Manage your notification preferences by label. You can only manage notification settings by label for labels that are synced.
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