How to enable Gmail Desktop Notifications

Tired of checking your inbox time and again? Do you feel too lazy to check your flooded inbox in one go? Wanna keep an eye on your e-mails while working, playing games or simply chatting on social media? This guide can help you enable gmail desktop notifications on your favourite browser (Google Chrome/Safari).

Enabling desktop notifications on Gmail would mean, not worrying about missing important e-mails and not having that obsession to go through an untidy inbox.

We will be dealing about four methods to enable desktop notifications for Gmail:

Enabling Gmail Desktop Notifications 

Gmail Desktop Notificaitons can be enabled in 3 easy methods: -

  1. Enabling desktop notifications from Gmail Settings
  2. Gmail Notifier Extension
  3. Using MIA For Gmail (For Mac users)

Method 1: Enable the option from Gmail settings

Mind you, Gmail has included an option to enable desktop notifications in settings. Why go anywhere else then? Follow the below simple steps:

​​1. Open Gmail and sign in.

2. Press the ‘cog’ icon in the upper-right corner to select ‘settings’.

Gmail Desktop Notifications - Settings

3. Under the 'general’ tab, find the section titled ‘Desktop Notifications’.

4. Select ‘Enable Desktop Notifications’

Gmail Desktop Notifications - Enable Gmail Settings

5. Select either of the two options listed below:
New mail notifications- Get alerted for all the mails that land in your primary inbox.
Important mail notifications- Get alerted only for mails marked as ‘important’.

6. When you are done with the above steps, scroll to the bottom of the page and hit ‘Save changes’ button.

​That's it! You will see notifications coming in very soon.

Method 2: Gmail Notifier Extension

Gmail Notifier

​Alternatively, you can try using an extension called "Gmail Notifier". However, note that its restricted to Google Chrome only.

Why should I consider Gmail Notifier if Gmail's default settings work perfectly for me?


Gmail notifier boasts of certain features you won't find in the default Gmail settings.​ I will only list the differences:

  • Gmail Notifier supports multiple accounts, contrary to the standard settings provided by Gmail which work only for the signed in account.
  • Lets you tackle plenty of things from the notification itself. You can mark as read, report spam, archive or trash a message then and there.
  • Gmail Notifier uses RSS technology which guarantees lesser bandwidth usage.
  • It sends your notifications to the Windows system tray as well! (YES!)​
  • Highly customisable options!

How to set up Gmail Notifier?

Click here to open the description page in the Chrome Web Store.​ Add it to chrome. And you're done. Navigate to settings if you feel like customizing it.

Method 3: Use MIA For Gmail (For Mac users)

MIA for Gmail

MIA for Gmail is a Mac exclusive app that perches on the menu bar silently and alerts whenever you receive a new email. Along with helping you view your most recent emails, MIA also allows you to compose new messages and take a glance at your inbox very quickly.

MIA For Gmail is the best option you can think of as a Mac user!


I am deeply in love with Mia, not just because of its features, but also because of its seamless design! The features include:

  • Multiple accounts support
  • Plenty of options to customize
  • Notifications right at your system tray
  • ​Use of Gmail oauth 2.0 protocol (For a layman, it ensures that your passwords are not stored on your system)

However, note that MIA is a freemium software. You get all the features for a single Gmail accounts for no charge at all. However, if you want to extend the features to multiple accounts and remove ads, you need to opt for their premium plan within the software. The premium plan roughly costs 5$ (variable depending upon your country of origin).

Method 4: Enable Desktop Notifications in Windows Mail (Or any other client)

Consider this method if you are a Windows user who doesn't spend a lot of time on his browser and doesn't want to rely on them.

Windows Mail is a fully fledged program which supports Gmail accounts seamlessly. Most email​ clients support desktop notifications. While you can use any of them, we will restrict our conversation to Windows Mail. Follow the below steps:

  1. Ensure that your Gmail account is configured with Windows Mail.​
  2. Go to your computer's settings (and not Windows Mail Settings) -> System -> Notifications and Actions.
  3. Under 'Get Notifications From These Senders' section, make sure that the option is turned on for Mail.

This option is turned on by default! (I made you do this just to double check)

What do you think?

​These were the most common ways to enable desktop notifications for Gmail. I hope your needs would have been satisfied completely after reading this article.

Which of the given methods worked out for you? Let us know in the comments section below!​

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