Are you ever unable to respond to emails sent to you in Gmail in time because you don’t know you’ve received them? Evidently you have deactivated the notifications of the service and, therefore, you are not seen when you receive new messages. Luckily, fixing it is very easy and I assure you that, by doing it, you will no longer run the risk of incoming mail going unnoticed.
Don’t worry if you don’t 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 incomplete way, how to activate Gmail notifications from both a computer than from smartphones and tablets. I already anticipate that, contrary to what you might think, you won’t have to do anything particularly complicated or out of your reach.
It is, in fact, an incredibly simple operation to perform, which does not require particular configurations: just activate a couple of levers and the game is done. So, what do you think? Are you ready to get started? Yes? Great. So let’s ban the chatter, roll up our sleeves and proceed: you will find all the information you need right below.
- 1 How to turn on Gmail notifications on PC
- 2 Table of Contents
- 3 How to turn on Gmail notifications on Android
- 4 How to turn on Gmail notifications on iOS/iPadOS
How to turn on Gmail notifications on PC
Table of Contents
Are you interested in understanding how to activate Gmail notifications on PC ? Then follow the instructions below. In the following steps, you will find explained how to perform the aforementioned operation using the Web version of the service, the browser settings and the email client that you may be using on your computer.
How to turn on Gmail notifications on Gmail
To begin with, let’s find out how to activate Gmail notifications using the Web version of the famous Google home e-mail service. Therefore, first start the browser you usually use to surf the net from your PC (e.g. Chrome), go to the Gmail home page and, if necessary, log in to your account.
Now that you are viewing 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 located at the top of the page.
At this point, locate the wording Desktop notifications located on the left and select, according to your needs and preferences, the Enable notifications for new messages option (which allows you to receive alerts when new messages arrive in the Inbox or on the Main tab ) or Turn on notifications for important messages (which allows you to receive notifications only when an important message arrives in your inbox). Once the changes are complete, click the Save Changes button at the bottom.
If you think again, you can disable Gmail notifications at any time by going back to the service settings and selecting the option Disable email notifications that you find under the heading Desktop notifications . Even in this case, remember to save the changes by pressing the Save site changes button at the bottom of the screen.
If you want to activate Gmail notifications in your browser , in order to display appropriate alerts on your desktop when you use your computer and you have the Gmail tab open in your favorite browser (e.g. Chrome ), go to the Gmail home page using this last and, if necessary, log in to your account .
On the Gmail screen that you are now viewing, click on the gear wheel icon at the top right, select the item View all settings from the menu that appears and open the General tab at the top. Locate, therefore, the Desktop notifications section on the left, click on the link Click here to enable desktop notifications for Gmail and respond to the warning that appears in the browser window by consenting to receive notifications.
If, by proceeding as I have just indicated, the Gmail notifications should not be activated or, in any case, for a more in-depth check of them, you can intervene personally 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 found in the Privacy and security section and then click on the Notifications heading . Afterwards, click on the Gmail URL and act on the available options.
- Firefox – click on the button with the 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 located 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 item on the left. Subsequently, select the Notifications item 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 present in it and, in the window that appears, access the Websites tab . Then select the wording 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.
Dal client email
If you usually use a traditional email client to manage your electronic correspondence on Gmail, you can enable the receipt of notifications directly from the program in question. Below you will find how to intervene on the main software of this type.
- Outlook – go to the menu File> Options (on Windows) or Outlook> Preferences (on macOS) and intervene on the notification management panel present in the further 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 tick the Show a warning box . If you want, you can adjust the other available options 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 tick 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 you have Mail Notifications turned on. Then select the Notifications item in the window that opens, then go to Mail (in the list on the left) and switch the Allow notifications from Mail switch to ON . Then open the Mail application, go to the Mail menu > Preferences > General and set the Incoming only option in the New message notifications drop-down menu .
How to turn on Gmail notifications on Android
Wondering how to turn on Gmail notifications on Android ? Then follow the instructions below. You can do this either by intervening from the Gmail app or from the device settings . Either way, fear not, it’s a no-brainer.
To activate Gmail notifications directly on the official app for Android, first take your smartphone or tablet, unlock it, access the home screen or the drawer, select the application icon (the one with the white envelope with red borders ) and, if necessary, log in to your account .
Now that you see the Gmail main screen, press the button with the three horizontal lines 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 wording 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 Main) 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.
Again if you have chosen to receive all notifications, you can also determine which specific labels to receive them for, by tapping on the wording Manage labels that you find in the Notifications section of the Gmail settings screen.
In case you have second thoughts, to disable 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 the None option from the box that appears . Alternatively, you can decide to leave notifications enabled in general but disable individual options, depending on your needs.
From 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 the drawer and tap the Settings icon ( the one in the shape of a gear wheel ), then touch the wording Notifications .
In the new screen that appears to you, locate the Gmail icon in the list of applications and switch the relevant switch to ON . Done!
If this may interest you, I inform you that you can also determine the behavior of Gmail notifications more precisely, based on your needs and preferences. To do this, tap on the Gmail icon in the application list and, via the next screen, choose whether to show notifications without sound, whether to 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 Android Settings> Notifications section and turning the switch located next to the Gmail icon to OFF . Alternatively, you can disable individual options, visible after pressing 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 brand and model of the terminal in use, as well as the Android version installed on it.
How to turn on Gmail notifications on iOS/iPadOS
Do you use Google’s home email service on iPhone or iPad? So to find out how to activate Gmail notifications on iOS / iPadOS, the instructions you need to follow are the ones you find below.
I’m mainly referring to the official Gmail application , as Mail , Apple’s default mail client, doesn’t support receiving push notifications from Gmail.
If you want to enable Gmail notifications by acting 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 in to your account .
Now that you see the app’s main screen, tap the button with the three horizontal lines 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 All new messages option (which allows you to receive notifications for each new message received), Main only (which allows you to receive notifications only for messages that end up in the Inbox section and in 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 change your mind, you can disable notifications at any time by selecting the None option in the settings section of the app.
From iOS/iPadOS settings
Now, let’s see how to activate Gmail notifications 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 ).
On the new screen that appears, tap the Notifications item and tap the Gmail icon that you find in the Notification style list . Then, turn the switch next to the Allow notifications item to ON and you’re done.
Once you’ve 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 Banners , by tapping on the option of your interest from the Alerts section . If you enable 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 , however, by tapping on the Show previews menu you can establish whether to make the notification content visible in preview, 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 the switch located next to the wording Allow notifications to OFF . 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 up Gmail on iPhone/iPad and activate the automatic mail check at regular intervals (which allows you to have notifications, but less timely than the push system and with greater battery consumption) by going to the Settings > Passwords and accounts > Gmail > Fetch new data (on iOS 14 and later you have to go to Settings > Mail or Settings > Contacts ).