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How to turn on Gmail notifications

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How to turn on Gmail notifications: Are you never able to reply in time to the emails that are sent to you on Gmail because you don’t realize you have received them? Obviously you have disabled the notifications of the service and, therefore, you are not seen when new messages arrive. Fortunately, remedying is very easy and I assure you that by doing so you will no longer run the risk of your inbox going unnoticed.

Do not worry if you do not have great knowledge in the technological field or you are not very familiar with the Google Webmail service: if you want, I can explain to you, in a simple but not for this little detailed way, how to activate Gmail notifications by acting both from a computer . and from smartphones and tablets. I already anticipate that, contrary to what you may think, you will not have to do anything particularly complicated or that is out of your reach.

It is, in fact, an incredibly simple operation to perform, which does not require special configurations: just activate a couple of levers and you’re done. So, what do you think? Are you ready to get started? Yup? Great. So let’s ban the chatter, roll up our sleeves and proceed: find all the information you need right below.

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How to activate Gmail notifications on PC

Are you interested in understanding how to activate Gmail notifications on PC ? Then follow the instructions below. In the following steps, you will find out how to perform the aforementioned operation by operating from the Web version of the service, from the browser settings and from the email client that you may use on your computer.

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To begin with, let’s find out how to activate Gmail notifications by acting from the Web version of the famous Google home e-mail service. So, first of all, start the browser you usually use to surf the Net from your PC (eg Chrome), go to the Gmail home page and, if necessary, log in to your account.

Now that you see the main screen of Gmail Web, click on the gear wheel icon at the top right, select the item View all settings from the menu that appears and access the General tab , by clicking on the item at the top of the page.

At this point, locate the word Desktop notifications located on the left and select, according to your needs and preferences, the option Enable notifications for new messages (which allows you to receive alerts when new messages arrive in the Inbox or in the Main tab ) or the Activate notifications for important messages (which allows you to receive notifications only when an important message arrives in the Inbox). Once your changes are complete, click the Save Changes button at the bottom.

If you have to think again, you can disable Gmail notifications at any time, by going back to the service settings and selecting the Disable email notifications option that you find under the heading Desktop notifications . Also in this case, remember to save the changes by clicking on the Save site changes button at the bottom of the screen.

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Gmail browser notifications

If you want to activate Gmail notifications in the browser , in order to display appropriate alerts on the desktop when you use your computer and you have the Gmail tab open in your favorite browser (eg. Chrome ), go to the Gmail home page using this last and, if necessary, log in to your account .

In the Gmail screen that you now see, click on the gear wheel icon at the top right, select the View all settings item from the menu that appears and open the General tab at the top. Therefore, locate the Desktop Notifications section on the left, click on the link Click here to enable desktop notifications for Gmail and respond to the alert that appears in the browser window by agreeing to receive notifications.

If, proceeding as I have just indicated, the Gmail notifications do not activate or, in any case, for a more in-depth control of them, you can personally intervene on the browser settings, as explained below.

  • Chrome – click on the button with the three vertical dots located at the top right, select the Settings item , then the Site Settings item that you find in the Privacy and security section and then click on the word Notifications . Afterwards, click on the Gmail URL and act on the available options.
  • Firefox – click on the button with horizontal lines located at the top right and then on the Options item attached to the menu that opens, then click on the Privacy and security item on the left, press the Settings button located at the wording Notifications in the Permissions section on the right, select the Gmail URL and use the available options.
  • Microsoft Edge – click on the button (…) at the top right, select the Settings item from the menu that opens and then the Site permissions on the left. Subsequently, select the item Notifications located on the right, click on the Gmail URL and take advantage of the available options.
  • Safari – click on the Safari menu at the top left, then on the Preferences item in it and, in the window that is shown to you, access the Websites tab . Then select the word Notifications from the left sidebar and intervene on the options available on the right, next to the Gmail URL .

If you use Chrome and want to receive Gmail notifications even when you don’t have the service open in a browser tab, you can install the official Google extension dedicated to Gmail notifications .

Email client

MacOS Mail notification preferences

If, to manage your electronic correspondence on Gmail, you usually use a traditional email client , you can enable receiving notifications directly from the program in question. Below you will find indicated how to intervene on the main software of this type.

  • Outlook – go to the File> Options menu (on Windows) or Outlook> Preferences (on macOS) and intervene on the panel relating to the management of notifications in the additional window that opens.
  • Thunderbird – click on the Thunderbird menu at the top of the program window and then on the Preferences item . In the additional window that appears, select the General tab and check the Show a warning box . If you want, you can adjust the other options available to further customize your notifications.
  • Windows 10 Mail – click on the gear wheel icon at the bottom left, then on the Notifications item that appears in the right menu. Next, select Gmail from the Select account drop-down menu and check the Show a notification message box . If you want, you can also intervene on the other options available to make further customizations always regarding the receipt of notifications.
  • Apple Mail – Go to System Preferences and first make sure that Mail notifications are turned on. Then select the Notifications item in the window that opens, then go to Mail (in the list on the left) and turn the Allow notifications from Mail switch to ON . Then open the Mail application , go to the Mail menu > Preferences> General and set, in the drop-down menu New message notifications , the Entry only option .

How to activate Gmail notifications on Android

Are you wondering how to turn on Gmail notifications on Android ? Then follow the instructions below. You can do this both by intervening from the Gmail app and from the device settings . Either way, fear not, it’s child’s play.

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Android app Gmail notifications

To activate Gmail notifications by intervening directly on the official app for Android , first take your smartphone or tablet, unlock it, access the home screen or drawer, select the application icon (the one with the white envelope with red borders ) and, if necessary, to log into your account .

Now that you see the main Gmail screen, press the button with the three lines horizontally located at the top left and select the Settings option from the menu that appears, then tap on your account .

In the new screen that appears, touch the word Notifications that you find in the Notifications section and choose, from the box that appears, the All option (which allows you to receive notifications only for messages that end up in the Inbox section and in the section Primary) or High Priority Only (which allows you to receive notifications only when an important message arrives in your Inbox).

If you enable the All option , by tapping the Inbox Notifications item that you always find in the Notifications section of the Gmail settings screen, you can also choose how often to synchronize messages, whether to add labels to notifications, which notification sound to use, whether to enable vibration and whether to receive notifications for each message.

Always if you have chosen to receive all notifications, you can also determine for which specific labels to receive them, by tapping on the word Manage labels found in the Notifications section of the Gmail settings screen.

In case you have second thoughts, to disable the notifications, all you have to do is tap again on the Notifications item that you find in the Notifications section of the Gmail settings and choose, from the box that appears, the option None . Alternatively, you can decide to leave notifications enabled in general but to disable individual options, depending on your needs.

From the Android settings

Gmail notifications Android settings

You can also activate Gmail notifications by going to the Android settings. To do this, take your Android smartphone or tablet, unlock it, access the home screen or drawer and tap the Settings icon (the one in the shape of a gear wheel ), then touch the word Notifications .

In the new screen that is shown to you, locate the Gmail icon in the application list and turn the relevant switch to ON . Done!

If this may interest you, I inform you that you can also determine more precisely the behavior of Gmail notifications, based on your needs and preferences. To do this, tap on the Gmail icon in the list of applications and, via the next screen, choose whether to show notifications without sound, make them visible on the lock screen and define their priority.

In case you have second thoughts, you can disable Gmail notifications again by going to the Settings> Android Notifications section and turning the switch located next to the Gmail icon to OFF . Alternatively, you can disable the individual options, visible after pressing on the Gmail icon .

Keep in mind some of the indications in this step may differ from what you see on the display of your device, depending on the make and model of the terminal in use, as well as the version of Android installed on it.

How to activate Gmail notifications on iOS / iPadOS

Do you use Google’s home email service on your iPhone or iPad? So to find out how to activate Gmail notifications on iOS / iPadOS , the instructions you must follow are those below.

I will mainly refer to the official Gmail application , as Mail , Apple’s default mail client, does not support receiving push notifications from Gmail.

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IOS app Gmail notifications

If you want to enable Gmail notifications by going to act directly on the official app for iOS / iPadOS , the first step you need to take is to take your device, unlock it, access the home screen, select the application icon (the one with the white envelope with red borders ) and, if necessary, log into your account .

Now that you see the main screen of the app, tap on the button with the three lines horizontally located at the top left, on the Settings item from the menu that opens and then select your account .

At this point, select the Notifications item and choose, depending on your needs and preferences, the option All new messages (which allows you to receive notifications for each new message received), Only Main (which allows you to receive notifications only for messages that end up in the Inbox section and the Main section) or High priority only (which allows you to receive notifications only when an important message arrives in the Inbox). The changes made will be saved automatically.

In case you have to think again, you can deactivate the reception of notifications at any time by selecting the option None in the settings section of the app.

From the iOS / iPadOS settings

Gmail notifications iOS settings

Now, let’s see how to activate Gmail notifications by acting from the iOS / iPadOS settings. To do this, take your device, unlock it, access the home screen and select the Settings icon (the one in the shape of a gear wheel ).

In the new screen that appears, tap the Notifications item and tap the Gmail icon that you find in the Notification style list . Then, turn ON the switch that you find next to the item Allow notifications and that’s it.

Once you have enabled notifications, you can customize how they work as you see fit. To do this, first select the type of alerts you want to enable from Lock Screen , Notification Center and / or Banner , by touching the option of your interest from the Alerts section . If you enable the banners, you also decide whether to make them visible temporarily or permanently, using the Banner style menu located a little further down.

You can also determine whether to activate the sounds and badges by turning the appropriate switches to ON . Through the Options section , on the other hand, by tapping on the Show previews menu you can establish whether to preview the contents of notifications, while through the Notification grouping menu you can establish how to group Gmail notifications in the iOS Notification Center.

If you have second thoughts, all you have to do is go back to the iOS / iPadOS settings section for managing Gmail notifications and turn OFF the switch next to the word Allow notifications . Alternatively, you can consider disabling the individual options available, based on your needs.

Mail , Apple’s default mail client, as mentioned above, does not support receiving push notifications from Gmail accounts. However, you can set Gmail on iPhone / iPad and activate automatic mail checking at regular time intervals (which allows you to have notifications, but with less timeliness than the push system and greater battery consumption) by going to the Settings menu> Password and account> Gmail> Download new data (on iOS 14 and later you need to go to Settings> Mail or Settings> Contacts ).