Enable Desktop notifications feature of Gmail

For those who literally live in Gmail, missing a new mail can mean disaster. Just imagine missing an email from your most important client about a meeting at 4 PM. What would be your feeling if you check this mail at 5 PM. Or missing an interesting e-mail from your friend that deserved an instant reply.

Enable Desktop notifications feature of Gmail

If you want to instantly know about the mail that you have received in your inbox and want to avoid the search for unread mails afterwards then one nice way is to enable desktop notifications in gmail. Gmail’s Desktop notifications feature can reduce the risk of missing out emails to a great extent. Once you have read the new mails then its upto you if you want to keep them or delete the mail.

What are desktop notifications for gmail?

Desktop notifications are the notifications sent by Gmail directly to the desktop of the user at the very moment when he receives a new mail in the inbox. After enabling the Desktop notifications (which currently work for Chrome, Firefox and Safari) a desktop message pops-up every time there is a new mail in user's inbox and now missing a mail becomes far more difficult.These pop-up come in handy to determine the urgency of the new mail – whether it needs immediate attention or can be ignored for a while. Another cool way of achieving this is to get the Gmail new mail notification extension for chrome.

How to get gmail notification on desktop?

Follow the steps below to enable Gmail desktop notifications –

Step 1 :

Open Gmail in Chrome, Firefox or Safari and sign in

Step 2 :

Click the ‘cog’ icon in the upper-right.

Enable Desktop notification feature of Gmail
Step 3 :

Select the ‘Setting’ item.

Enable Desktop notification feature of Gmail


Step 4 :

Scroll down to section titled ‘Desktop Notifications’ Under the “General” tab.

Enable Desktop notification feature of Gmail
Step 5 :

Click the text ‘..enable desktop notifications…’

Step 6 :

Select one of the three available options

  • New Mail Notifications  – see alerts for all email messages
  • Important Mail Notifications – only see alerts for mail marked as ‘important’
  • Mail Notifications Off – don’t show any mail alerts
Step 7 :

Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click on the ‘Save Changes‘ button.

Enable Desktop notification feature of Gmail

Conclusion :

Getting a new mail notification can be very useful in various scenarios - especially for those who keep receiving important mails frequently. Hence it is always good idea to keep these notifications always enabled. Other useful feature of Gmail that one should always keep enabled is the Gmail keyboard shortcuts feature which will certainly help you use Gmail in an optimal manner.