Well, since you added some email accounts to Gmail, you’d probably like to receive a notification when you get a message. Even though the default setting for all accounts is to receive a notice, occasionally the program gets skiwampus and needs a reset. If you’re using multiple email addresses, it’s also nice to customize whether the account receives a notification, especially depending on the number of messages.

Checking to see whether notifications are on or off is easy. First, from inside your Gmail app (you can use any folder you wish), select menu, then settings.

At this point you’ll see the General settings menu displayed. Select the specific account you wish to set up notifications on. Each account has their own settings to manage. Under the Settings menu first check to make sure you have Email notifications selected. Click the box if it isn’t.

Now you should get notified every time you receive an email to the account. Obviously, if you don’t want a notification, make sure the box remains unchecked.

At this point you’ll also want to tell the Gmail app how to send your notifications. Here’s a basic run-down on the settings:

  • Ringtone sets the style of notice you want; i.e. the frilly song you want played when messages arrive in your inbox
  • Vibrate, if available, will obviously shake your device, notifying you of a message. You can select always, never, or in silent mode only
  • Notify once will set the device to only send one notification when your email arrives. Obviously, if you want to know every time a message arrives, you’ll need to make sure you check the box

Once you finish tinkering with the settings, you can return to Gmail, or exit and wait for your new notification to arrive. Just hope you don’t have an embarrassing ringtone:

Jeff Taylor

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Glen · July 22, 2015 at 6:07 am

I use an app called eNotify for this because it not only allows me to setup specific alerts for specific senders on GMail, but it also works for any type of email account. You can also setup pattern matching rules to automatically move messages your SPAM folder. I think it offers more flexibility than what’s baked into GMail.

    Michelle Reed Chaney · October 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm

    I am trying to set the notification for my Hotmail and my Gmail. I want the law and order – bum bum – for when I get an email. Is it suposed to be a ringtone?

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