How to Enable Desktop Notifications in Gmail

In this post, you’ll see:

How to Enable Gmail Desktop Notifications (PC)

Sign into your Gmail account.

Click on the Gear icon > See all settings button.

You’ll be in the “General” tab.

Between “Smart Reply” and “Stars,” you see “Desktop notifications.”

Besides that, you’ll see these three options:

  • New mail notifications on – you’ll be notified via a pop-up notification about a new email that is reaching your “Primary” tab or Inbox.
  • Important mail notifications on – you’ll be notified via a pop-up notification about a new email that is reaching your Inbox, which is marked as important.
  • Mail notifications off – disable desktop notifications.

Choose any of the first two options.

Hit the “Click here to enable desktop notifications for Gmail” link.

In the pop-up at the top, hit “Allow.”

Click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom.

That’s all.

Here are some important things to note:

  • Your Gmail account should be opened in a tab to receive notifications. Note that the tab does not need to be an active tab.
  • If you want to turn off desktop notifications, select the “Mail notifications off.” Click on the “Save Changes” button.

Read: How to Block an Email Address in Gmail

How to Enable Notifications in Gmail App (Android and iPhone)

Whenever you receive a new email in your “Primary” label, you’ll be notified by default.

However, if you’d like to change it, then follow these steps:

Open the Gmail app.

Tap on the three vertical lines > Settings > email address you prefer > Notifications.

Follow the steps below if you’re on Android

In the pop-up, choose “High priority only” (which is for getting notified about important emails only). The “None” is to turn off notifications.

If you want to revert, choose “All” from the pop-up.

Follow the steps below if you’re on an iPhone

You will see these four options:

  • All new mail – you’ll be notified for every new email.
  • Primary only – the default one.
  • High priority only – you’ll be notified of the new emails identified by Gmail as a high priority.
  • None – disable the notifications.

Choose the one you wish to use.

How to Star Emails in Gmail (PC)

Go to Gmail. Sign in, if not already.

To Star Individual Email

Click on the “Star” icon in the email you want to star.

Or you can do the same task with this step: Open the email you want to star. Click the “Star” icon, which is beside the “Reply” icon.

To Star Multiple Emails

Select emails you want to star.

Click on the three vertical dots.

You will see the “Add star” option. Click on it.

View Starred Emails

You can view the starred emails by clicking on the “Starred” option. It is on the left sidebar.

How to Unstar Starred Emails

Click on the “Star” icon in the starred email.

Or you can do the same task by opening the starred email. Click on the “Star” icon.

How to Unstar Multiple Starred Emails

Select the starred emails.

Click on the three vertical dots at the top.

Click on the “Remove star” option.

Additional Hint

By default, the yellow-star icon is the only one that is available.

If you wish, you can add different color star icons and other icons too. Here’s how:

Click on the “Gear” icon. Click on the “See all settings” button.

In the “General” tab, scroll down until you find the “Stars” section. It is between “Desktop Notifications” and “Keyboard shortcuts.”

Drag and drop the one you wish from “Not in use” to “In use,” and it’ll make that one available.

When you click on the “Star” icon continuously, the star and other icons will appear in the order in which they’re in “In use.”

Let’s look at this with an instance.

The “In use” contains yellow-star first and then the orange-star.

If I want to star an email with the orange-star, then I need to click the “Star” icon twice.

If I order the orange-star first and then the yellow-star in “In use,” then a single click on the “Star” icon will star an email with the orange-star.

Hope you got the point.

Remember that you can change the icons order in “In use” by drag and drop.

Click on the “Save Changes” button at the bottom to save the changes.

How to Star Emails in Gmail (Android and iPhone)

Open the Gmail app.

Hit the “Star” icon in the email that you want to star. That’s it.

Or you can do the same task by opening the email you want to star. Tap the “Star” icon at the top.

To Star Multiple Emails (for Android only)

Select the emails.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top.

Hit the “Add star” option.

View Starred Emails

Tap on the three vertical lines at the top. Hit “Starred.”

How to Unstar Starred Emails

Hit the “Star” icon in the starred email.

Or you can open the starred email and then tap on the “Star” icon.

How to Unstar Multiple Starred Emails (for Android only)

Select the starred emails.

Hit the three vertical dots at the top.

Hit on the “Remove star” option.