There are two popular ways to access your Gmail account. One is from a web browser like Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge. The second one is from your mobile app. The Gmail mobile app comes pre-installed on Android phones and can be configured automatically when you sign-in to your device using a Google ID.
I also have an Android phone and use Gmail for managing my emails. Recently I stopped getting notifications of new mails on my Android phone. Since it’s important to get notifications of my important emails, I had to troubleshoot and fix this problem immediately.
This article will document the way I solved this issue. I have added steps for enabling notifications in Android as well as in a Windows 10 browser or an iPhone.
Fix Gmail notifications not working on Android
Since people are always on the go, it can be quite frustrating when you find out that you have been waiting for an email that the sender had sent out an hour ago, but your phone failed to notify you about it. If you are an Android user, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to ensure that you never miss an email again.
- Open the Gmail app on your Android phone.
- Now click on the Menu button (3 bars) in the top-left corner.
- Click on Settings.
- Now select the account you wish to fix the notification settings of. It is recommended that you perform the following settings for all of your accounts:
- Click on Notifications in the Notifications section.
- On the new screen, select All.
- Now back in the Account screen, click on Inbox Notifications in the Notifications section.
- Now check the box next to the type of notification you wish to receive. For example, if you wish for the phone to vibrate, check the box next to Vibrate.
- Repeat steps 4 to 8 for the remaining email accounts in the Gmail app.
- Now that the settings have been adjusted from within the Gmail app, it’s time to configure the device. Drop down the Notification Panel from the top of the screen to ensure that the Battery Saver is switched off. It is often the reason why the Gmail app fails to push any notifications. However, if you wish to keep it on, then you will need to exclude the Gmail app from optimizing itself to conserve battery.
- Now, go to your Android device’s settings and then go to Apps and notifications.
- Now scroll down and then click Special app access.
- Now click Battery optimization.
- Now, from the filter bar at the top, select All apps, and then select the Gmail app.
- Now select Don’t optimize, and then click Done.
- Now return to the Apps and Notifications page, select the Gmail app, and then click on Notifications.
- You now need to check that all sorts of notifications are enabled, as in the image below:
- Now return to the previous screen and click Storage and Cache.
- Now clear the cache of the Gmail app.
You should now be able to receive instant notifications of inbound emails from the Gmail app on your Android device.
Fix Gmail notification settings on Windows 10
Users have set up their Gmail accounts according to their own preferences. Some use a regular web browser, while others are more comfortable with other email clients. Here is how you can ensure that you receive desktop notifications for your inbound emails as soon as they are received.
- Click on the gear icon in the top-right corner and then click See all settings.
- Now scroll down to the Desktop Notifications area, and then click New mail notifications on. Click on Click here to enable notifications for… Your browser will then popup a notification box. Click on Allow.
- Now scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Save changes.
Now each time you get a new email, you will be notified of it.
Fix Gmail notification settings in iOS
The steps involved in troubleshooting notification settings in the Gmail app on an iOS device are very much like Android. Follow the guide below to enable push notifications on an iOS device:
- Launch the Gmail application and click on the Menu button (3 lines) in the top-left corner. From there, go to Settings.
- On the next screen, select the account you want to fix the notification settings of.
- Now navigate to Notifications and then select All emails.
- Now go to the device’s settings and check if the Gmail application is allowed in the Notifications section.
You should now be able to receive regular notifications for all your emails. For more information on how to troubleshoot Gmail notifications, visit this page from Google.
Emails are important to people; otherwise, they would be using the regular messengers to communicate. Hence, people are dependent on their devices to push instant notification as soon as they receive an email. Having access to your emails on-the-go is a blessing, but only until you know that you have got them.
Therefore, rectifying these settings on your device is important, especially if they have been affected by recent updates.