Enable Gmail desktop notifications

Gmail is far from being the only free email service on the market, with hot competition from Outlook.com and Yahoo, to name only two. However, it seems to hold some favor with the tech crowd, and the company offers lots of perks in the way of add-ons, many of which appear through the Labs program.

One addition is the ability to get notifications about new messages right on your desktop. This isn’t the default behavior, but something you will need to enable on your own. Here’s how to do it.

Head to Gmail and click on the “Settings” option — the gear at the top right of the main Gmail page. There are a number of options under this, so you’ll actually have to select “Settings”.


This opens to the “General” tab, which is fine in this case, as it’s where you’ll want to be for this. Scroll down to find the section labeled “Desktop Notifications”.


There are a couple of options to choose from here. By default it is set to off, but you can enable either all mail or just important messages to pop up a notification. You can also change Chat settings here. Those are enabled by default, but you can turn that off. Once your choices are made, scroll to the bottom and click “Save Changes”.

That’s all there is to it. Now you can get a better idea about when a new email arrives, handy when you are waiting for something important.


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